Lattice degeneration, an inherited condition in which parts
of the retina become very thin and are easily torn.
Age older than
Nearsightedness (myopia). The shape of a nearsighted
eye results in more pulling (traction) on the retina. This in turn can cause premature
posterior vitreous detachment. The retina is also thinner and more likely to
tear in people who are nearsighted.
cataracts. People who have had cataract surgery are at
increased risk for later developing retinal detachment.
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July 15, 2013
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