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Can Coughing Cause Retinal Detachment
Will severe cough do any harm after surgery for retinal detachment? I had the surgery 8 months ago, and now often cough quite severely due to a cold.
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
Hole in Retina: A 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 a rd are painless vision loss, flashing lights, and floaters. You should immediately see an eye md if you have these symptoms. ...Read more
No: I know of no direct relationship between the two. Perhaps other doc's will weigh in on your question. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
Probably Not: Unlikely, particularly if you have already had a posterior vitreous detachment. ...Read more
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?
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. ...Read more
Retinal detachment. Does it cause blindness? How do you know if you are at risk of it? Does the correct itself?
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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 it's a surgical treatment at that point. The pucker can stay unchanged for a long time or progress slowly but hard to predict. Good luck. ...Read more
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?
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?
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 the best prevention. ...Read more
I had a retinal detachment in my right eye from a double penetration caused by a gunshot 2 yrs ago, is there anyhope? I had 2 surgeries and still blin
After 2 Surgeries: The likelihood that you will regain meaningful vision after two surgeries and from a traumatic injury like this is small. It is impossible to define exactly what your visual potential may be, especially without an exam. But the nature of your initial injury probably dictated what the final outcome would be the instant it occurred. ...Read more
No: Luckily not.Get a more detailed answer ›
Can you tell me what to do if I don't have flashes but I'm scared anyway I will have retinal detachment?
Don't Delay: When the retinal layer peels away from the eye wall (like wall paper), it is detached. When the retina separates like this vision is impaired. This is caused usually by a hole or tear in the retina. Symptoms of a rd are painless vision loss, flashing lights, and floaters. You should immediately seek an evaluation from an ophthalmologist for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more
Older Adults Common: Retinal detachment is typically a disorder associated with older adults, usually over 50. It can occur in younger folks due to trauma or genetic conditions. The best way to be sure is to be seen by an ophthalmologist and get a dilated exam of the retina. Common symptoms of retinal detachment are flashing lights and floaters, a dark curtain, and vision loss. Rd is a potentially blinding condition. ...Read more
Loss of Vision: When the retinal layer peels away from the eye wall (like wall paper), it is detached. When the retina separates like this vision is impaired. This is caused usually by a hole or tear in the retina. Symptoms of a rd are painless vision loss, flashing lights, and floaters. You should immediately seek an evaluation from an ophthalmologist for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more
Progressive Loss: Signs of rd are those seen by examining eye doctor: subretinal fluid, retinal tear, pigment cells in vitreous, and pvd. The symptoms that a patient experience are progressive loss or 'greying' of vision which may involve the central vision. This may be proceeded by flashes and floaters. ...Read more
Often unknown: The majority of retinal detachments happen when the fluids inside the eye shift or shrink inwards, taking a small piece of the retina with it, causing a tear, which then leads to a detachment. This happens without obvious cause, often in middle age. In some cases, the detachment occurs after a trauma like a blow to the head, or eye surgery. Most retinal detachments can be successfully repaired. ...Read more
See a retina doctor: The most common cause for a retinal detachment is due to a retinal tear or hole (rhegmatogenous). Less common causes include scar tissue growing on the retina (tractional) or inflammatory fluid collections (serous). Rhegmatogenous detachments are treated surgically, preferably before the central retina (macula) becomes detached, which can lead to a less favorable visual prognosis. ...Read more
The cough reflex is a protective mechanism that uses muscles in your throat and chest to expel mucous and saliva that may contain pathogens that would otherwise possibly be inhaled via aerosol or to expel pathogens infecting the throat and respiratory system. Cough benefits the host by reducing load and benefits the pathogen which may then spread via aerosol. ...Read more
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