Rapid Review: Retinal Detachment

October 9, 2017

Reviewed February 2024

Retinal Detachment

  • Patient presents with painless loss of vision, floaters, flashing lights, curtain-lowering sensation
  • PE: retina appears hazy gray with white folds
  • Management is stat ophthalmology consult

Sample question:

A 67-year-old man presents to the emergency department with vision changes for the last few hours. He describes a painless decrease in the vision in his left eye. This was preceded by an increase in floaters in his vision. Fundoscopic exam reveals a floating, gray “cloud.” What is the most likely diagnosis?

By Yehuda Wolf, MPA, PA-C

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