The sensory retina contains light-sensitive nerve cells.
The retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) is a
layer of support cells behind the sensory retina.
detachment caused by a retinal tear, the sensory retina is pulled away from the RPE because fluid builds up
between the two layers. Part or all of the retina comes off (detaches from) the back of the eye.
Blurred and lost vision can occur.
Primary Medical Reviewer
Adam Husney, MD, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
Carol L. Karp, MD - Ophthalmology
August 7, 2011
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August 07, 2011
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