Many factors can cause retinal detachment. These include:
Eye trauma—damage from blunt or penetrating injuries to the eye, which may be caused by:
- Sports-related activities
- Blunt trauma
- Flying objects
- Car accidents
—This causes an unusually elongated eyeball, which can lead to increased risk for retinal detachment.
- Cataract surgery
—This and many other types of eye surgery can increase the risk of retinal detachment.
- Scar tissue in the eye, especially if it contracts
- Tumors in the eye
- Certain other eye and medical disorders
A risk factor is something that increases your chances of getting a disease or condition. Risk factors for retinal detachment include:
- Increasing age—With age, changes occur in the eye that can lead to an increased risk of retinal detachment.
- Previous retinal detachment in the same or other eye
- Severe nearsightedness
- Family members with retinal detachment
- Holes or tears in the retina