In the UK’s Daily Mail (10/13), reporter Janette Marshall details her personal experience with a retinal tear. The “first warning sign was a sudden onset of frequent flashes like cartoon lightning streaks,” followed by numerous floating black spots. Eric Ezra, director of vitreoretinal surgery at Moorfields Eye Hospital, explains that  “early diagnosis and treatment is essential.” Without immediate treatment, “a torn retina can cause the entire retina to detach from the back of the eye, causing loss of sight,” possibly within “a matter of days or even few hours.”  It is imperative that if you experience any symptoms such as flashes of light or new floating spots in yourvision that you call your eye doctor immediately and schedule an appointment.

 

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