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Here is a quick mnemonic “DETACH RETINA to remember about Retinal Detachment

This can be valuable for patients as well as medical doctors, nurses & students doing their clinical rounds. You can also find it very useful for med exams like USMLE, MBBS, NEET PG, FMGE, NExT, MCAT & NCLEX exams

Retinal Detachment : How To Remember Easily ?

  • D – Detachment produces symptoms of floaters, flashing lights, and a scotoma.
  • E – Eyes with detachment may have an afferent pupil defect and reduced visual acuity.
  • T – Thinning of peripheral retina (lattice degeneration) increases vulnerability to detachment.
  • A – A break in the retina allows liquefied vitreous to enter the subretinal space.
  • C – Combination of vitreous traction and fluid passage behind the retina leads to detachment.
  • H – History of myopia, trauma, or prior cataract extraction increases the risk.
  • R – Retinal detachment starts with a hole, flap, or tear in the peripheral retina.
  • E – Examination of the dilated eye confirms the diagnosis.
  • T – Trauma, myopia, or prior cataract extraction are risk factors for detachment.
  • I – In most cases, detachment includes the fovea, leading to reduced visual acuity.
  • N – Noteworthy symptoms include floaters, flashing lights, and a scotoma.
  • A – A hole, flap, or tear in the peripheral retina can lead to detachment.


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