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What is retinal tear?

Jeffrey S. Heier, MD
Ophthalmology
In a retinal tear, the vitreous gel pulls on the retina (the innermost layer of the eye) with enough force to tear the retina. Fluid from inside the eye may enter through this tear and separate the retina from underlying tissues that nourish it. Separation of the retina from the back of the eye is called a retinal detachment. People who are middle-aged and older are the most likely to experience this problem. Nearsightedness increases the chances for detachment, as do cataract removal and eye injuries.

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