What is a Retinal Detachment?
The retina is the light sensing nerve tissue lining the inside of the eye. The retina can separate from the underlying tissue, called the retinal pigment epithelium, causing blindness. This most commonly occurs due to age associated degeneration of the vitreous gel within the eye causing the gel to flick around with eye movement, creating whiplash-like movements that can pull a tear in the retina. It is essential that this is repaired as soon as possible.