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  • The retina is the curved back layer of the eye and is covered in light-sensitive cells.
  • Retinal detachment means the retina has separated from the back of the eye.
  • Retinal detachment surgery involves reattaching the retina to the back of the eye and sealing any breaks or holes in the retina.
  • The treatment success rate is high, with around nine out of 10 retinas able to be reattached.
  • Older people are at higher risk of retinal detachment.
  • If left untreated, a detached retina can cause permanent damage to your eyesight.

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Reviewed on: 27-07-2017