Retinal Detachment: Who Is At Risk for a Torn or Detached Retina?
People with the following conditions have an increased risk for retinal detachment:
- Previous cataract, glaucoma or other eye surgery;
- Glaucoma medications that make the pupil small (like pilocarpine)
- Severe eye injury;
- Previous retinal detachment in the other eye;
- Family history of retinal detachment;
- Weak areas in the retina that can be seen by an ophthalmologist during an eye exam.
Know your risks. Save your sight.
If you have risk factors for retinal detachment, know the warning signsand seek immediate medical attention if you have any of these signs.
If you are very nearsighted or if you have a family history of retinal problems, be sure to have complete dilated eye exams on a regular basis. And always wear protective eyewear when playing sports or engaging in any other hazardous activities. If you have a serious eye injury, see your ophthalmologist right away for an exam.