A detached retina is when the thin layer at the back of your eye (retina) becomes loose. It needs to be treated quickly to stop it permanently affecting your sight.
You'll be referred to hospital for surgery if tests show your retina may be detached or has started to come away (retinal tear).
This will usually stop your vision getting worse.
Surgery to re-attach the retina or fix a retinal tear may involve:
It's usually done with local anaesthetic, so you're awake but your eye is numbed. You do not normally need to stay in hospital overnight.
Recovery time after surgery varies. But as a general guide, for 2 to 6 weeks after surgery:
Most people are eventually able to return to all their normal activities.
Call the hospital or go to A&E if the pain, redness or blurriness gets worse after surgery. You may need further treatment.
A detached retina is usually caused by changes to the jelly inside your eye, which can happen as you get older. This is called posterior vitreous detachment (PVD).
It's not clear exactly why PVD can lead to retinal detachment in some people and there's nothing you can do to prevent it. But it's more likely to happen if you:
You can get a detached retina more than once. Get medical help as soon as possible if the symptoms come back.