Your eye doctor has diagnosed a retinal detachment in your eye. Without treatment, this condition usually leads to blindness in the affected eye. The retina is a thin layer of nerve cells that lines the inside of the eye. It is sensitive to light (like the film in a camera) and you need it to be able to see properly. Your retina is detached because it has one or more holes in it and so is allowing fluid to pass underneath it. This fluid causes the retina to become separated from the supporting and nourishing tissues underneath it. Small blood vessels might also be bleeding into the vitreous (the jelly substance in the centre of the eye), which might cause further clouding of your vision.
Most retinal detachments occur as a natural ageing process in the eye. It is unlikely that it would be caused by anything that you have done. Anyone can develop a retinal detachment at any time, but certain people are at higher risk than others. These include people who are short sighted, those who have had cataract surgery in the past, and those who have recently suffered a severe direct blow to the eye. Some types of retinal detachments can run in families, but these are rare.
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