A detached retina occurs when the retina is pulled or falls away from its normal position. The retina is a light-sensitive layer of tissue that lines the back of the eye. It converts visual images into nerve impulses in the brain that allow us to see.
Many factors can cause retinal detachment. These include:
Eye trauma—damage from blunt or penetrating injuries to the eye, which may be caused by:
- Sports-related activities
- Blunt trauma
- Flying objects
- Car accidents
- Severe nearsightedness —This causes an unusually elongated eyeball, which can lead to increased risk for retinal detachment.
- Cataract surgery —This and many other types of eye surgery can increase the risk of retinal detachment.
- Scar tissue in the eye, especially if it contracts
- Tumors in the eye
- Certain other eye and medical disorders
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