How Does a Retina Get Torn?

A retinal tear happens when the clear gel inside your eyeball changes shape. This is a common occurrence that happens with the natural aging process. In fact, most of the time the gel of the eyeball shrinks without issue. Sometimes as the clear gel, also known as vitreous gel, changes its shape it can pull away from the retina. This is typically associated with inflammation in the eyeball or nearsightedness. When this happens the vitreous can take part of the retina with it. This is what results in a retinal tear. If left untreated this can lead to a retinal detachment.

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