The Diagnosis and Management of Retinal Detachments for the Non-Ophthalmologist

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Retinal detachment is the process of separation of the neurosensory retina from the underlying retinal pigment epithelium. Three categories of defects lead to retinal detachments: exudative, rhegmatogenous, and tractional. There are many etiologies for this disease associated with potentially severe loss of vision. The classic triad of symptoms in an acute retinal detachment includes floaters, flashes of light, and a peripheral field defect. Prompt referral to an ophthalmologist for evaluation and treatment is necessary.

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