Mechanism of Rhegmatogenous Retinal Detachment

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Once a retinal tear forms as a result of abnormal vitreous traction following PVD, the fluid from within the vitreous cavity can gain access to the subretinal space through the retinal tear. The progressive accumulation of fluid in the subretinal space eventually causes the retina to separate from the underlying RPE, similar to wallpaper being stripped off a wall. This inward separation of the retina from the RPE through the recruitment of fluid via a retinal break is the basis for "rhegmatogenous" retinal detachment, which is the most common form of retinal detachment.

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