Your eye is effectively a highly sophisticated and incredibly intricate camera, one of nature’s most beautiful creations. At the back of the eye, just like in a traditional camera lies the camera film or retina, a complex thin layer of specialised cells designed to sense and process light, and to transmit that information to your brain. To function, the retina must remain attached to the back wall of the eye, from which it obtains some of its blood supply. Several conditions can cause the retina to detach, in whole or in part. When this occurs suddenly, then urgent surgery or laser is required to prevent complete and irreversible blindness in that eye. This treatment is best performed by an experienced Consultant Vitreoretinal Surgeon.