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Dr. Bernard Godley
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Detached Retina (Definition)

The retina is the light sensitive layer in the back of the eye that transmits images to the brain via the optic nerves to create vision. If a hole or tear develops in the retina, eye fluids can separate the retina from underlying layer (choroid). The most common cause of retinal holes or tears is traction from the vitreous, the clear gel that fils the inside of ...Read more


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What causes retinal detachment to occur?

What causes retinal detachment to occur?

Hole in Retina: An rd is usually caused by a hole or tear in the retina or from membranes pulling on the retina. When the retinal layer peels away from the eye wall (like wall paper), it is detached and vision is lost. Symptoms of an rd are painless vision loss, flashing lights, and floaters. You should immediately see an eye md if you have these symptoms.

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What type of accidents can cause retinal detachment?

What type of accidents can cause retinal detachment?

Sudden acceleration: Any sudden acceleration or deceleration of the head or significant change in intraocular pressure or penetration of the globe can cause retinal detachment.

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Is it possible that alohol cause retinal detachment?

No: I know of no direct relationship between the two. Perhaps other doc's will weigh in on your question.

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Why retinal detachment causes curtain effect from top down of vision?

Location: The visual defect produced by a retinal detachment depends on the location of the detachment

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Can lifting weights cause a retinal detachment? I have very thin retinas and was just wondering if I could lift weights or not?

Can lifting weights cause a retinal detachment? I have very thin retinas and was just wondering if I could lift weights or not?

Retinal damage: Only your ophthalmologist knows for sure. I hope you are seeing a retinal specialist as well to follow your retinal condition. Because yes, in the right circumstances, a retinal detachment could occur with weight lifting. You need to be cleared by your eye doc before embarking on this activity.

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Are there any environmental factors that could worsen or cause macular generation/retinal detachment? Is mobile phone use in dark one of them? PC use?

Are there any environmental factors that could worsen or cause macular generation/retinal detachment? Is mobile phone use in dark one of them? PC use?

UV protection: UV protection is generally recommended for macular degeneration. PC or mobile use has not been associated with any retinal damage to date. An eye doctor will let you know if eye vitamins are beneficial, which depends on the severity of the degeneration. Take care.

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Could retinal detachment be caused by severe myopia?

Yes: The retina of a myopic person tends to be thinner and thus more easily torn or detached. Myopic eyes tend to have a higher chance of retinal pathology, like lattice degeneration or atrophic retinal holes, that also put them at risk. So myopia is really a risk factor rather than a cause.

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Does elevated intraocular pressure cause retinal detachment?

No: These are two unrelated conditions. Elevated pressure in the eye can cause permanent blindness, but does not in any way cause the retina to detach.

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Is it possible for a retinal detachment to cause excess light sensitivity?

It can: Rarely photophobia (light sensitivity) can we caused by retinal detachment surgery. The other reason is that you may a cataract that maybe causing this as well.

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Could total blindness caused by retinal detachment be treated so that vision can be regained?

Could total blindness caused by retinal detachment be treated so that vision can be regained?

Unlikely: Current medical knowledge cannot improve upon this situation. The optic nerves in your eyes perhaps are fine and work is being done on photoelectric devices to give a little vision in this situation. Stem cells may help also in the future. Stay tuned.

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Retinal detachment. Does it cause blindness? How do you know if you are at risk of it? Does the correct itself?

Retinal detachment. Does it cause blindness? How do you know if you are at risk of it? Does the correct itself?

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 vision loss. Not every detachment is the same. Some retinal detachments can be fixed with an in-office procedure. Don't delay! The only way to tell is if you have symptoms, flashing lights or new floaters, and to see an Eye MD for examination.

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Do anxiety disorders cause people to see streaks of light or things like that in their vision that is completely unrelated to retinal detachment?

Do anxiety disorders cause people to see streaks of light or things like that in their vision that is completely unrelated to retinal detachment?

Yes Ocular Migraine: Stress can cause migraine and flashes-scintillating schotomas- part of the ocular migraine symptoms. A typical ophthalmic (also called ocular) migraine has no headache. Patients can have spasm of the arteries at supply the eye and get these symptoms without headache. If it persists or interferes with her daily activities you should go to her primary care doctor for an exam and treatment.

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Which type of accidents can cause retinal detachment in both eyes?

Which type of accidents can cause retinal detachment in both eyes?

Traumatic Injuries: Severe blunt or penetrating injuries can cause bilateral retinal detachments. Accidents that involve sudden deceleration such as an mva or bunge jumping can also cause the retina to detach.

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How long is it supposed to it take for diabetic retinopathy to cause retinal detachment?

Rarely occurs: Most cases, retinopathy does not cause detachment. This happens usually when the diabetic retinopathy is so severe that hemorrhage and scarring develop that causes the retina to be pulled up with the scar tissue. By then, patients will usually have been followed by a retinal specialist.

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I've had 3 retinal detachment surgeries in the past year and regularly use cannabis. Could cannabis use and its IOP lowering effects also cause PVD?

I've had 3 retinal detachment surgeries in the past year and regularly use cannabis. Could cannabis use and its IOP lowering effects also cause PVD?

Not from cannabis: The posterior vitreous detachment would be related to the retinal detachment surgery in the same eye. If the PVD is in the other eye it may be related to myopia. High myopia is associated with retinal detachment and PVD. I stongly suggest you be examined by your ophthalmologist to rule out a PVD related retinal tear. None of this is related to cannabis use.

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Can moderate macular pucker cause retinal detachment? Is that what doctor checks for on follow-up exams.

Check for swelling: Of the retina and for worsening of vision. The pucker can wrinkle the underlying retina and cause cysts within it. If there is significant swelling, visual distortion, retinal disruption, then its a surgical treatment at that point. The pucker can stay unchanged for a long time or progress slowly but hard to predict. Good luck.

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Why are patients still at lifelong risk of retinal detachment after surgery? If the vitreous is gone and no scar tissue/PVR then what else causes it?

Retinal Detachment: Any vitreous or retinal surgery has placed a stress on the retina which is like plastic wrap: it can tear easily. Risk also depends on glasses Rx: if you have a long eyeball (myopia usually) it stretches the retina.

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Does retinal detachment in one eye directly CAUSE the other eye to become more likely to detach, or is it just that the risk is statistically greater?

Does retinal detachment in one eye directly CAUSE the other eye to become more likely to detach, or is it just that the risk is statistically greater?

Retinal detachement: Makes risk to other eye greater but no guarantee. Statistics apply to the population but are not very useful in the individual. Will depend on what the cause of the first one was. Discuss with your eye Dr who can give you better odds as they know you best. For example age and blood pressure may increase risk and they can work with you to calculate your risk and then discuss best prevention.

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Cough (Definition)

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Dr. Ihab Ibrahim
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