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A 37-year-old member asked:

why can't i lift if history of retinal tear?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jay Bradley
LASIK Surgery 18 years experience
Retinal tear: If the retinal tear is recent, you should take it easy until your eye doctor confirms that the laser treatment was adequate. After that, there is no reason you should have to limit your activities (ie lifting).
Dr. Richard Scartozzi
Retinal Surgery 19 years experience
Can get worse: Heavy lifting, bending, or straining can worsen a tear or create new ones in the eye shortly after a tear first forms. Listen to you eye doctor.

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How does a tear in the retina occur?

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