The retina is a nerve layer at the back of your eye that senses light and sends images to your brain. An eye is like a camera. The lens in the front of the eye focuses light onto the retina. You can think of the retina as the film that lines the back of a camera.
A Retinal Detachment occurs when the retina is pulled away from its normal position. The retina does not work when it is detached. Vision is blurred, like a camera picture would be blurry if the film were loose inside the camera. A Retinal Detachment is a very serious problem that almost always causes blindness unless it is treated. Dr. Craig Collier of The Eye Care Center has a special interest in diseases of the retina and specializes in the treatment (including the latest diagnostic equipment, laser surgery) of retinal detachments, macular degeneration, and other diseases of the retina.
The following conditions increase the chance that you might get a retina detachment:
previous retinal detachment in your other eye
family history of retinal detachment
weak areas in your retina that can be seen by your ophthalmologist
The presence of a retinal detachment can be signaled by these early symptoms:
a gray curtain moving across your field of vision
These symptoms do not always mean a retinal detachment is present; however, you should see your ophthalmologist as soon as possible if they occur. Only after careful examination can your ophthalmologist tell whether a retinal detachment is present. Once the damage to the retina has been detected, your ophthalmologist can determine the proper course of treatment.