PreventionBy Mayo Clinic staff
There is no way to prevent retinal detachment. However, being aware of the following typical warning signs of a detached retina could help save your vision:
- Sudden increase in floaters
- Bright flashes of light
- A shadow or curtain that seems to advance across your visual field
If you notice any of these signs — particularly if you're older than age 40, you or a family member has had a detached retina, or you're extremely nearsighted — you should seek immediate medical attention.
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