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Retinal Detachment - What Increases Your Risk

Things that increase your risk for retinal detachment include:

  • A family history of retinal detachment.
  • Previous retinal detachment in the other eye.
  • Lattice degeneration, an inherited condition in which parts of the retina become very thin and are easily torn.
  • Age older than 50.
  • 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.
  • Surgery for cataracts. People who have had cataract surgery are at increased risk for later developing retinal detachment.
  • Blunt injury or blow to the head.
  • Injury to the eye.
  • Diabetes, which can lead to proliferative diabetic retinopathy.
  • Other eye disorders or eye tumors.

    This information is produced and provided by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National Cancer Institute via the Internet web site at http:// cancer .gov or call 1-800-4-CANCER.

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: July 15, 2013
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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