Reti­nal Detach­ment (RD) occurs when the retina peels away from its under­ly­ing sup­port­ive layer.  RD can occur for a vari­ety of rea­sons, includ­ing vit­re­ous detach­ment, dia­betic retinopa­thy, reti­nal tumors, and trauma.  Signs of RD include sud­den visual dis­tur­bances, such as the onset of new floaters and a shower of flashes in your vision.  If you see new floaters or flashes in one eye or the other, you should seek Dr. Tafoya’s (or another reti­nal specialist’s) help immediately.