is the separation of the retina from the pigment epithelium. It is often
caused by holes or tears in the retina, by a tumour, or by fluid pressure
in the area.
Retinal detachment occurs among
the elderly or, sometimes, following head or eye injuries. There is also
a higher rate of incidence among the extremely myopic. B.C. MSP coverage
for such patients allows for more frequent eye exams.
In some cases it can be surgically
treated. Apart from a sudden loss of vision, other (early) symptoms may
include light flashes or a unusual number of spots and floaters.
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