Retinal Detachment Research

Retinal detachment research focuses on early detection.

Retinal detachment is an emergency condition, and permanent damage may occur if the detachment is not treated within a few days. A retinal detachment occurs when the retina begins to peel away from its supporting tissues, including the blood vessels that supply it with oxygen. Although the detachment is painless, if left untreated the lack of oxygen supply can cause permanent vision loss. However, when the retinal detachment is detected early and treated quickly the prognosis is generally favorable.

Certain people are at greater risk for retinal detachment, including:

  • Nearsighted adults
  • People who have experienced an eye injury
  • People who have had cataract surgery
  • Those with a family history of retinal detachment

In some cases, especially in older adults, retinal detachment can occur spontaneously.

Retinal detachment test

Early detection is key to ensuring the preservation of vision. One active area of our retinal research is the development of a device for the early detection of a retinal detachment. This retinal detachment test research focuses on the development of an innovative device to more accurately detect the presence and extent of a retinal detachment.

Advanced treatment for retinal detachment

Henry Ford retinal specialists have extensive experience in the treatment of retinal detachment, including complex cases. In addition, our team works closely with Henry Ford Medical Group physicians in other departments, providing multidisciplinary, coordinated care for those patients who need it. Our patients have access to advanced diagnostic tests and treatment and, if eligible, related clinical trials.


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