Yes, absolutely. About half a century ago
there was no treatment for retinal detachment and most people would lose vision permanently.
In this day and age, we have very good treatment for retinal detachment. The key is to present
early. So, if we notice any symptoms such as a sudden onset of floaters or a loss of
peripheral vision, see a retinal surgeon immediately ideally the same day. We would like to try
a new treatment before the central vision is affected so we can preserve your normal
vision. Once the central vision is affected, yes, we can still treat the retinal detachment,
but we may not be able to reverse some of that permanent damage to your retina that
will ultimately cause some defect in your long-term sight. So yes, retinal detachment
can cause blindness but there is now an effective treatment to prevent complete blindness if
this is presented and treated early enough.