A retinal detachment occurs when the retina is lifted or pulled from its normal position in the eye. It may begin with a small tear or break that leads to a full detachment.

Signs of a detachment or tear include a sudden or gradual increase in floaters or specks that float in your field of vision. It may also begin with a curtain over the field of vision.

A retinal detachment can occur at any age, but it is more common in people over age 40. It affects men more than women and Whites more than African Americans.

A retinal detachment is a medical emergency and should be treated as one. If not treated promptly, it can result in permanent vision loss.