What is retinal tear?

Jeffrey S. Heier, MD
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.

Continue Learning about Eye and Vision

Understanding and Treating Dry Eye
Understanding and Treating Dry Eye
Aoulef, Algeria, receives less than 0.5 inches of rain annually; Ica, Peru, averages 0.09 inches, and the Dry Valleys of Antarctica get 0.0. Those sup...
Read More
How common are eye and vision problems in older adults?
Laura C. Fine, MDLaura C. Fine, MD
Serious age-related eye problems can cause vision loss or visual distortion that glasses can't fix. ...
More Answers
10 Simple Sight-Saving Tips
10 Simple Sight-Saving Tips10 Simple Sight-Saving Tips10 Simple Sight-Saving Tips10 Simple Sight-Saving Tips
Take a look at 10 sight-saving tips to protect your vision and boost your eye health.
Start Slideshow
Can Eyes Be Transplanted?
Can Eyes Be Transplanted?

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.