Although anybody can develop a retinal detachment there are factors that can increase the risk of this occurring.
The risk of retinal detachment can be slightly increased if you have had cataract surgery or any other form of intraocular surgery.
If you have already suffered a retinal detachment in one eye, there is an increased risk of the condition appearing in your other eye. This risk can be assessed in an examination and if necessary preventive laser treatment may be helpful.
Ageing increases our risk due to the natural changes in the vitreous (gel) of the eye that occur as the years pass.
If you are short-sighted your eyes will be larger than average and your retina will be thinner and more fragile, leading to an increased risk of developing retinal detachment.
Retinal detachment can also be caused by a direct impact to the eye or to the face.
In very rare cases the cause of retinal detachment may be a weakness in a person’s genetic makeup. If any of your blood relatives have suffered from detached retina of this type you may have an increased risk of developing the condition.
If you are diabetic you may suffer from diabetic retinopathy where abnormal growth of blood vessels from your retina can cause bleeding and scarring, which may pull on your retina.