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There are several detached retina risk factors, such as nearsightedness, diabetes, and a family history of retinal detachment. While these things alone are not technically detached retina causes, they can increase your chances of developing a detached retina.
In most cases, doctors are not sure why a person develops a detached retina, but they do know that certain factors increase the chances of a person developing a detached retina. These factors are known as detached retina risk factors.
Detached retina risk factors can include:
- Older age -- a retinal detachment can occur at any age, but it is more common in people over the age of 40
- Male gender
- Caucasian ethnicity
- Sickle cell anemia.
- Severe high blood pressure.
- Certain eye conditions.
The eye conditions that put someone at risk for a detached retina include:
- Retinal detachment in the other eye
- Family history of retinal detachment
- Cataract surgery
- Degenerative myopia
- Lattice degeneration
- Eye injury.
Most people with detached retina risk factors will not develop a detached retina. And it is possible that people without risk factors will develop a retinal detachment. If you are worried about retinal detachments, talk with your doctor. He or she can recommend detached retina symptoms to watch for and a schedule for regular eye exams.