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Can you exercise if you are at risk of a retinal detachment

A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Kira
Ophthalmology 23 years experience
Usually not: Certainly very vigorous exercise or hit to the eye may induce a retinal detachment at a place of weakness but generally, normal exercise should pose n... Read More
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Dr. Robert Chang
Specializes in Ophthalmology
No: Depends on how high risk. If you recently had a tear lasered and want to exercise right away, it's not advised until the laser scars. If you are a m... Read More
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Dr. Bernard Godley
Retinal Surgery 34 years experience
Depends on Risk: If you are at risk because you are nearsighted, then yes, you can exercise. If you are at risk because you have had multiple retinal tears, then i wou... Read More
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A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 54 years experience
Rare at 16: Retinal detachment (rd) is when the seeing layer at the back of the eye lifts off from its underlying support. This can lead to blindness if untreate... Read More
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Dr. Christopher Gee
Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery 17 years experience
Surgery now!: If your retina is detached, time is vision! The sooner your retina is repaired the more likely you are to regain vision lost, or prevent permanent vi... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tim Conrad
Ophthalmology 36 years experience
Uncommon: Retinal detachments are uncommon eye problems. There are 3 types and the risk factors are different for each. The most common type is associated wit... Read More
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Dr. Colin McCannel
Retinal Surgery 32 years experience
Mainly myopia: The single biggest risk factor for developing a retinal detachment is myopia (nearsightedness), esp. if the glasses prescription is stronger than -6.0... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 54 years experience
Indirect: The risk of a detachment relates mostly to the internal structure of the eye, previous illness and injury, surgery, and refractive errors. If any of... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Scartozzi
Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery 21 years experience
See below: Myopia (nearsightedness) is a risk factor for retinal detachment, not hyperopia (farsightedness). That being said, plenty of hyperopic patients can ge... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Goren
34 years experience
Less than myopic: Anybody can get a retinal detachment, but myopia is considered a risk factor and not really hyperopia. That is not to say that a hyperope can't get a... Read More
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Keshav Narain
Retinal Surgery 31 years experience
Maybe, but: Ask your retinal surgeon. I allow patients to resume exercise when i feel that they are out of danger of redetaching the retina. It can be anywhere f... Read More
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A 41-year-old male asked:
Dr. Krishna Anand
Pediatrics 52 years experience
See ophthalmologist: Retinal detachment can be for some reasons as diabetes , blood vessels disease etc; ;The best is consult ophthalmologist who can suggest you best trea... Read More
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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Tod Haller
Ophthalmology 18 years experience
Unfortunately no: Healthy diet and vitamins can help the function of the retina, but holes are caused by anatomical weaknesses of the retina. You can have an abnormal a... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Yvette Kratzberg
Pediatrics 26 years experience
The exercise that are to be avoided are running, jumping, hopping and anything related to contact sports. Crunches, pushups, pullups and the like are ... Read More
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