Retinal detachment is a very serious condition, because the retina and its supporting tissues are detached. Retinal detachment often leads to permanent vision loss.
Highly nearsighted adults are often at risk, but eye injury, heredity and aging are also risk factors. In addition, diabetes often cause diabetic eye disease and damage the retinal blood vessels. Retinal detachment symptoms may include visual field darkening or light flashes.
To prevent vision loss, early diagnosis is important. Eye exams can usually diagnose retinal detachment. If diagnosed early enough, thermal (laser) or freezing (cryopexy) treatment method can be used to repair a detached retina.