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What is a detached retina and macular hole?

The retina is a layer of light-sensing cells lining the back of your eye. As light rays enter your eye, the retina converts the rays into signals, which are sent through the optic nerve to your brain where they are recognized as images. The macula is a small area in the center of the retina that allows you to see fine details clearly.
Due to aging, trauma or other eye conditions (such as myopia), a hole in the macula (macular hole) can form or the retina can be torn or pulled away from its normal position. A detached retina is a very serious problem that can cause severe vision loss unless it is treated. Repair of a detached retina or macular hole may require face-down recovery.

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