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To prevent permanent vision loss, a detached retina must be treated right away. But what is a detached retina, specifically?
 
This condition occurs when the retina, part of the eye, is moved (or detached) from its normal position. Common symptoms of a detached retina 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.
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Although the cause of this condition is not entirely clear, certain factors are known to increase a person's chances of developing it. Some of the eye conditions that can put a person at risk of developing a detached retina include cataract surgery, nearsightedness, an eye injury, and a family history of retinal detachment.
 
Immediate surgery is necessary to treat a detached retina. Fortunately, with modern treatment, the condition can be successfully treated in over 90 percent of cases.
 
(For more information on this topic, including how a diagnosis is made, click Detached Retina.)
 
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