Retinal detachment occurs when the layers of the retina separate – specifically the neurosensory retina from the retinal pigment epithelium. This is a sight-threatening condition and considered an ocular emergency warranting an urgent referral to ophthalmology.

Initial symptoms of retinal detachment commonly include the sensation of a flashing light (photopsia) related to retinal traction and often accompanied by a shower of floaters and vision loss.

Retinal Detachment Examination