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An Introduction to Detached Retina Symptoms

A detached retina is when the retina is lifted or pulled from its normal position. The severity of detached retina symptoms will depend on the size of the hole and its location on the retina. These detached retina symptoms may be gradual or they may come on suddenly.

Common Detached Retina Symptoms

Common symptoms of retinal detachment include:
  • Floaters, which are little "cobwebs" or specks that float about in your field of vision
  • Light flashes in the eye
  • Curtain over the field of vision
  • Blurred vision
  • Partial or complete central or peripheral vision loss.
Pain is not a symptom of a detached retina.

Summary of Detached Retina Symptoms

These symptoms are not always a sign of a detached retina. However, a detached retina is a medical emergency. Anyone experiencing possible detached retina symptoms should see an eye care professional immediately.
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