Retinal Detachment is not associated with pain and therefore is often ignored until it is too late. Retinal Detachment is a very serious eye condition that needs to be repaired within 24 to 72 hours to avoid permanent loss of vision. Some suffering with a detached retina include seeing flashes of light, floaters or a darkening of peripheral vision. If you notice any changes with your eyes or vision, do not ignore. Early diagnosis is often key to maintaining your sight.