I have blurry visual disturbances in my left eye, I am short-sighted, and I have migraines. Can this be a sign of retinal detachment?

Q. Does seeing floaters be a sign of retinal detachment?

Answered by
Dr. Vaibhev Mittal
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Feb 08, 2023 and last reviewed on: Aug 12, 2023

Hello doctor,

I am severely short-sighted and currently have a blurry area in my left lower eye area. It is like having a smudge on my glasses, but it moves along with my eyes. I faced visual disturbance for around two hours, and there were no other symptoms. I have a migraine and have experienced an ocular migraine before without pain, which involved a blind spot in the center of my vision rather than a disturbance at the edge. I have a Nexplanon implant. Is this a possible sign of retinal detachment, or whether I can afford to wait and see how it develops?



Welcome to icliniq.com.

As you mentioned, you are highly myopic, and high myopia is a risk factor for retinal detachment. A blurry image moving with eye movement suggests a floater, which is nothing but a shadow of anything in front of the retina. These floaters are usually benign. The only way to get rid of them is to avoid them. In retinal detachment, these floaters are not one or two in number, but there are hundreds of floaters as you are seeing only one floater, which means there is very less probability of retinal detachment. Retina evaluation is suggested when a highly myopic person starts seeing floaters. I suggest you consult an ophthalmologist and get your retina examined. I hope I have answered your query. Thank you.

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