Retinal Tears & Detachment

Retinal Detachment

What Are Retinal Tears?

Retinal tears occur when part of the retina separates from the outer layers of the eye. If not treated promptly, retinal tears may lead to retinal detachment, a medical emergency that can cause rapid loss of vision.

What is Retinal Detachment?

Retinal detachment is a serious condition that occurs when the retina separates from the outer layers of the eye. As the retina separates, the supply of oxygen and nourishment normally supplied from the blood vessels is cut off.

Consequently, permanent and rapid vision loss can occur within a short amount of time. Retinal detachment is an medical emergency that requires immediate attention from an eye specialist.

Retinal detachment usually occurs after retinal tears have developed in the eye.

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Dr. Wong Chee Wai

Senior Consultant Eye Surgeon
MBBS (Singapore), M.Med (Ophth), FAMS (Ophth), MCI (Singapore),

Sub-specialities: Retinal Conditions, Cataract

Languages: English, Mandarin, Cantonese

Fellowship Trained Specialist
Former Consultant at Singapore National Eye Centre (SNEC)
Former Clinical Lead of the High Myopia Clinic at the Singapore National Eye Centre (SNEC)
Started the Surgical Retina Service at Sengkang Hospital
Former Assistant Professor at the Duke-NUS Medical School

  • Dr Wong Chee Wai was awarded 3 gold medals for Best Candidate in Cornea and Refractive, Neuro-ophthalmology and Ethics in the Eye Specialists’ Exit exam
  • Research Training Fellowship Award, National Medical Research Council (2017)
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Are there any signs and symptoms?


If you are experiencing symptoms of retinal detachment, please seek medical attention immediately. 

Do call us at 6470 3366 for immediate appointment booking. In the event that it is after clinic hours, please proceed straight to A&E.

Other Causes

There are also more serious causes of floaters in the eye, including:

  • Inflammation in the eye
  • Infection
  • Tearing or trauma in the retina
  • Traumatic injury in the eye
  • Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Hemorrhaging
  • Eye Tumors

Anyone who notices a sudden increase in eye floaters should see an eye doctor to obtain a complete diagnosis.

Risk Factors

  • Family history of retinal detachment
  • Severe myopia
  • Previous eye injuries
  • Age (over 40 years old)

Why is it important to Diagnose and Treat Symptoms of Retinal Diseases early?

While symptoms of floaters and Retinal tears are usually not painful, it will become a concern when untreated tears develop into detachment:

Retinal Detachment is a medical emergency which requires immediate attention from an Eye Specialist. This is where permanent and rapid vision loss can occur.

To avoid such a situation, consult an Eye Specialist when you experience ongoing symptoms in your vision.

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