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Detached and Torn Retina

The retina is a nerve layer at the back of the eye that senses light and sends images to the brain. The middle of the eye is filled with a clear gel called vitreous. As people get older, the vitreous may pull away from its attachment to the retina at the back of the eye. Usually this happens without causing problems, but sometimes, the vitreous pulls hard enough to tear the retina. If left untreated, this tearing can lead to a retinal detachment, where the retina is pulled away from its normal position. The retina does not work when it is detached, causing blurry vision. A retinal detachment is a very serious problem that almost always causes blindness unless it is treated. Most retinal tears can be treated with laser surgery or cryotherapy (freezing) to seal the retina to the back wall of the eye. Almost all patients with retinal detachments require surgery to return the retina to its proper position

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