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Doctor insights on: Heavy Lifting And Retinal Detachment

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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. ...Read more

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 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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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 ...Read more

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I have pvd. Would scuba diving causes retinal detachment?

I have pvd. Would scuba diving causes retinal detachment?

Probably Not: Unlikely, particularly if you have already had a posterior vitreous detachment. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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I had surgery (gas) for retinal detachment 8 weeks ago and got work clearance 2 weeks ago. Please define heavy lifting restriction 3 months.

I had surgery (gas) for retinal detachment 8 weeks ago and got work clearance 2 weeks ago. Please define heavy lifting restriction 3 months.

25 lbs: In my definition, heavy lifting restriction is no more than 25 lbs. After retinal surgery, in my opinion, 8 weeks should be sufficient for that restriction to be lifted. You should follow the advice of your own surgeon, however. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Hello I'm 23.I had retinal detachment surgery approximately 6 months ago. Now can I do heavy lifting, go waterslide or play soccer etc.? Or when can i?

RD: Are you myopic and how myopic are you? Was this your first detachment? Most cases you can go back to normal activities by 6mo but depends on specifics. Consult with us to help solve this issue. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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

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Can you tell me what to do if I don't have flashes but I'm scared anyway I will have retinal detachment?

Can you tell me what to do if I don't have flashes but I'm scared anyway I will have retinal detachment?

Get an exam: The only way to find out is to have an exam by a qualified eye MD. AAO. Org is very helpful. If you have a retinal detachment, the sooner you see a specialist the better. Time is vision. ...Read more

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What is retinal detachment?

What is 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 an rd are painless vision loss, flashing lights, and floaters. You should immediately seek an evaluation from an ophthalmologist for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Who gets retinal detachment?

Who gets retinal detachment?

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

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What's a retinal detachment?

What's a retinal detachment?

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 an rd are painless vision loss, flashing lights, and floaters. You should immediately seek an evaluation from an ophthalmologist for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Retinal detachment symptoms?

Retinal detachment symptoms?

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 experiences are progressive loss or 'greying' of vision which may involve the central vision. This may be proceeded by flashes and floaters. ...Read more

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How is retinal detachment treated?

Variety of ways: Depending upon the location and extent of the break the following techniques may be employed: laser, gas injection, encircling retinal buckle, vitrectomy, cryo freezing of the tear. Your retinal surgeon will determine the best method. ...Read more

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Why do you get retinal detachment?

Why do you get retinal detachment?

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

Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
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Retina (Definition)

That lines the inner eyeball that turns light into chemical/electrical signals interpreted by brain which we ...Read more


Dr. Richard Scartozzi
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Retinal Detachment (Definition)

When the retina peels away from the back part of the eye. This is a serious condition which ...Read more