The Retina Reference

Retinal Detachment

Normally the retina is adherent to the underlying retinal pigment epithelium. If fluid accumulates between the retina and the retinal pigment epithelium, either from a break in the retina with liquid vitreous traveling through the break into the subretinal space (rhegmatogenous retinal detachment) or by exudation from retinal vessels or the underlying choroid (exudative retinal detachment), this state is termed a retinal detachment. Exudative retinal detachment is often part of systemic disease (e.g., Vogt - Koyanagi - Harada syndrome).