Retinal detachment (RD) is one of the most common causes of emergency room visits for critical eye issues. The retina is a thin layer of tissue in the back of the eye. When the retina detaches, it is lifted or pulled from its normal position. With a full detachment, the retinal cells no longer are being nourished by the blood and essential nutrients. Total retinal detachments require surgery for repair, and within 24 hours, there will be permanent vision loss. The sooner the surgery, the better. The next highest categories of visits to the emergency room related to eye issues are central retinal artery occlusion, chemical burns to the eye, and endophthalmitis that require immediate attention. In the event you have symptoms that lead you to believe you may have a retinal detachment, you must seek immediate attention from an ophthalmologist. In the meantime, you should do the following: Lie down very quietly and stay in this position. This occasionally allows the retina to fall into place. Do not make any sudden moves – either with your head or eyes. Try to stay relaxed until you can see an ophthalmologist.
As is the case with all acute-traumatic conditions the sooner you are able to start treatment the better!