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Retinal Tear

Retinal Conditions

Retinal Conditions

The eye is one of the most important organs in the body and the retina receives information about everything you see such as colours, shapes and movements. Thousands of times each day, the eyes move and focus on images near and far, providing detailed 3-Dimensional pictures of the world around us. The eyes help accumulate a lifetime of memories in a visual form, making it a gift that is unlike any other. Retina disorders can affect the way that you process visual information and lead to distorted or absent vision.

Retinal Tear

The vitreous is a transparent gel located between the lens and the retina. The vitreous constitutes between 66 – 75% of the globe. Retinal tears occur when the vitreous pulls away from the retina resulting in a tear in the retina. People at risk are those who are myopic or short sighted. Eye injuries and previous surgery are also risk factors. Seeing flashing lights and floaters are ominous signs. In order to prevent a retinal detachment, see your ophthalmologist soon after these symptoms occur.

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