Retinal tears are painless. Some possible symptoms include seeing an increased number of floaters and flashes, and decreased vision.
Floaters are dots or lines that you may sometimes see moving or floating in your field of vision. A sudden increase in number or size of floaters may suggest a retinal tear.
Flashes are the sensation of flashing lights or lightning streaks in your field of vision that occur when the clear vitreous gel inside your eye pulls on the retina and triggers a bright visual response. Flashes are also a possible sign of a retinal tear.
Retinal tears can progress to a more serious stage when retinal detachments occur. Early detection of retinal tears is essential to prevent the problem from worsening.
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