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Can Retinal Detachment Be Prevented
Not easily: Retinal detachment is a consequence of the susceptibility of the eye and underlying disease. High myopes and diabetics are at risk and trauma and eye surgery are commonly involved. Many however, are spontaneous with no apparent underpinnings. Good diabetic control helps; avoidance of trauma can help. Best however is to recognize the symptoms and seek help when it is likely. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Usually, yes: A retinal tear can be "surrounded" or walled off by laser treatment which acts as a barrier to prevent the remaining retina from becoming detached. It is successful in most, but not all, cases. You regular ophthalmologist may be able to treat this, or they may decide to refer you to a vitreoretinal specialist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
None.: Exercise cannot prevent retinal detachment. If you are nearsighted or have a family history of retinal detachment, you should be regularly examined by a retina specialist. Another key is to be aware of the symptoms of retinal detachment, which are flashing lights, floaters, and loss of vision. If these occur, see a retina specialist immediately. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Know your risks: If you are very near sighted, had a retinal detachment in the other eye, and have a family history of retinal detachment, then you are at a high risk. If you have had a recent vitreous separation, and have flashes and floaters, you are also at risk. In both cases, you should be followed by an ophthalmologist closely. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Avoid Life: I say "avoid life" because there are so many causes of retinal detachment (rd). Causes include high myopia, trauma, genetic conditions, diabetes, posterior vitreous detachment, etc., so it depends on your situation. If you any visual problems, have a family history of rd, have any other disease assoc with rd or new symptoms of flashes, floaters, or veils or curtains in your vision, get checked! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Many ways. : 1. Get regular eye exams with dilation. 2. Know the warning signs of rd including flashes, floaters, curtains, shadows. 3. Ask about family history of rd 4. If you have tears in the retina, get them lasered. 5. Wear protective eyewear for sports, contact sports. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Combined treatment: You need ongoing follow-up with a conventional ophthalmologist for this one. But you're also asking about constitutional treatment with homeopathy for a chronic condition. There are some remedies known for helping with retinal detachment -- such as gelsemium. For best selection in your own case, i suggest working with an experienced classical homeopath to investigate and treat your whole state. ...Read more
Can homeopathy help to prevent retinal detachment or does it provide only symptomatic relief to flashes and floaters?
Neither!: I am a retinal specialist practicing for 15 years now and seeing only patients with retinal problems. I have never seen nor even heard about any evidence that there are homeopathic remedies for retinal detachment, flashes, or floaters. I strongly believe that any affects that occur may be random or due to placebo effect. This is not conspiracy against homeopathy. If it worked, we'd use it too! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can i prevent retinal detachment with a healthy diet and multivitamins and omega 3 and exercise? I had tears in both eyes treated by laser 3months ago
No. : Retinal detachments, due to retinal tears are called rhegmatogenous retinal detachments (rrd). Rrd is not preventable through diet, vitamin supplements or exercise. The only way to prevent an rrd is to have routine, detailed, thorough and complete dilated retinal examinations by a retina specialist to look for retinal tears/holes/breaks. If found, immediate laser treatment will prevent most rrds. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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