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What are the symptoms of a detached retina?

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A detached retina doesn't hurt. It can happen with no warning at all. However, you might notice:

  • Flashes of light
  • Seeing lots of new "floaters" (small flecks or threads)
  • Darkening of your peripheral (side) vision

If you have any of those symptoms, contact your eye doctor immediately.

SOURCES:

National Eye Institute: "Finding the Right Eye Protection" and "What Kind of Eyewear Can I Use to Protect My Eyes."

American Academy of Ophthalmology, geteyesmart.org: "Retinal Detachment: What Is a Torn or Detached Retina?"

American Society of Retina Specialists: “Retinal Disease/Health Series,” “Retinal Tears.”

Harvard Health Publications: “What you can do about floaters and flashes in the eye.”

American Academy of Ophthalmology: “What are Dilating Eyedrops?” “What to Expect When Your Eyes Are Dilated.”

 

Reviewed by Whitney Seltman on April 23, 2020

SOURCES:

National Eye Institute: "Finding the Right Eye Protection" and "What Kind of Eyewear Can I Use to Protect My Eyes."

American Academy of Ophthalmology, geteyesmart.org: "Retinal Detachment: What Is a Torn or Detached Retina?"

American Society of Retina Specialists: “Retinal Disease/Health Series,” “Retinal Tears.”

Harvard Health Publications: “What you can do about floaters and flashes in the eye.”

American Academy of Ophthalmology: “What are Dilating Eyedrops?” “What to Expect When Your Eyes Are Dilated.”

 

Reviewed by Whitney Seltman on April 23, 2020

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