There is no way to prevent retinal detachment. However, being aware of the following typical warning signs of a detached retina could help save your vision:

  • Sudden increase in floaters
  • Bright flashes of light
  • A shadow or curtain that seems to advance across your visual field

If you notice any of these signs — particularly if you're older than age 40, you or a family member has had a detached retina, or you're extremely nearsighted — you should seek immediate medical attention.

Jul. 08, 2014

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