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Can you exercise if you are at risk of a retinal detachment?

Can you exercise if you are at risk of a retinal detachment?

Depends on Risk: If you are at risk because you are nearsighted, then yes, you can exercise. If you are at risk because you have had multiple retinal tears, then I would be more cautious because movement of the vitreous gel could exert tractional force on the retina. Get examined by a retina specialist and ask for clearance to work out before proceeding. Hope this helps. Good luck. ...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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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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Who is at risk for retinal detachment?

Who is at risk for retinal detachment?

Mainly myopia: The single biggest risk factor for developing a retinal detachment is myopia (nearsightedness), esp. if the glasses prescription is stronger than -6.00 diopter (high myopia). Additional risk factors include family history of retinal detachment, history of trauma to an eye, history of eye surgery (intraocular like cataract, vitrectomy etc.) ...Read more

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What people are at risk for retinal detachment?

What people are at risk for retinal detachment?

Retinal detachment: Very nearsighted people have retinas that are stretched thin on the edges. They have an increased risk of tearing and then detaching the retina. Boxers and other fighters risk impact to the eye that can cause retinal detachments. Diabetics can form retinopathy that leads to retinal detachment. ...Read more

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Are there any forms of exercise increase the risk for a retinal detachment?

Are there any forms of exercise increase the risk for a retinal detachment?

Boxing: Activities involving direct compressive trauma to the eye can increase the risk of retinal detachment, even with the vitreous gel intact. Examples include boxing, tennis, soccer, etc. Protective eyewear is recommended for these contact sports. Additionally, activities that result in sudden deceleration, such as bungee jumping can also result in a retinal detachment. ...Read more

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I'm wondering are hyperopic people at risk for retinal detachment?

I'm wondering are hyperopic people at risk for retinal detachment?

See below: Myopia (nearsightedness) is a risk factor for retinal detachment, not hyperopia (farsightedness). That being said, plenty of hyperopic patients can get a retinal detachment as there are other risk factors involved. ...Read more

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Can you tell me are hyperopic people at risk for retinal detachment?

Less than myopic: Anybody can get a retinal detachment, but myopia is considered a risk factor and not really hyperopia. That is not to say that a hyperope can't get a rd, because they certainly can. ...Read more

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Does anything increase risk of retinal detachment if you have lattice? Certain stretching, exercise, activities, etc? How to minimize risk?

See ophthalmologist: Retinal detachment can be for some reasons as diabetes, blood vessels disease etc; ;The best is consult ophthalmologist who can suggest you the best treatment and what to avoid to prevent for further detachment ...Read more

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I've had 4 ops to fix retinal detachment. 3 weeks ago is most recent, when can I exercise again? Any way of reducing side effects of prednisolone?

Maybe, but: Ask your retinal surgeon. I allow patients to resume exercise when I feel that they are out of danger of redetaching the retina. It can be anywhere from a month to three. Prednisolone eye drops are commonly used after eye surgery. Their side effects are cataract and glaucoma. This is often difficult and limits treatment. Check with your doctor. ...Read more

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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

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 a 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 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 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

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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 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

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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 experience 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

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What happens if retinal detachment?

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

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How serious is retinal detachment?

Extremely: Usually this requires an urgent evaluation and treatment by a retina specialist, otherwise you risk rapid permanent loss of vision. ...Read more

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How is retinal detachment diagnosed?

How is retinal detachment diagnosed?

Get Seen: 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 of vision which may involve the central vision. This may be proceeded by flashes and floaters. Sometimes a rd can be asymptomatic, and therefore it is important to get checked. ...Read more

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What causes retinal detachment to occur?

What causes retinal detachment to occur?

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

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What are the signs of retinal detachment?

What are the signs of retinal detachment?

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

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How to know if I have a retinal detachment?

See below: New or worse eye floaters, flashing lights, loss of peripheral vision (like a veil or curtain) could indicate the presence of a retinal detachment. These symptoms require an urgent dilated retinal exam. Do not delay. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of retinal detachment?

What are the symptoms of retinal detachment?

Flashes and Floaters: The classic visual symptoms of retinal detachment are light flashes, floaters, and loss of vision. Someone who experiences these symptoms should see an ophthalmologist immediately for evaluation. ...Read more

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Is retinal detachment rare at the age of 15?

Is retinal detachment rare at the age of 15?

Seen in Older Adults: Retinal detachment occurs more often as one ages, usually above the 6th decade which is when the vitreous gel begins to collapse. Retinal detachments in teenagers are commonly associated with trauma or hereditary conditions. ...Read more

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How does retinal detachment affect my vision?

How does retinal detachment affect my vision?

Depends on Location: 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. How severe the vision loss is depends on where there rd is in the retina and how large it is. Some small detachments may not be symptomatic. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have a retinal detachment?

See below: New or worse eye floaters, flashing lights, or loss of peripheral vision could be a retinal detachment. This symptoms always require an urgent dilated retinal examination. Do not delay. ...Read more

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How can you see if I have retinal detachment?

How can you see if I have retinal detachment?

Get Seen: 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 of vision which may involve the central vision. This may be proceeded by flashes and floaters. Sometimes a rd can be asymptomatic, and therefore it is important to get checked. ...Read more

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How do I know that I have a retinal detachment?

How do I know that I have a retinal detachment?

Get Seen: 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. Sometimes a rd can be asymptomatic, and therefore it is important to get checked. ...Read more

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How do you know if you have retinal detachment?

How do you know if you have retinal detachment?

See an eye doctor: You may have new/worse symptoms like flashes, floaters, or partial obstruction of your vision (like a veil or curtain). The only way to know is to have a dilated retinal exam. A retina specialist is required to repair a retinal detachment. If you think you may have one, you must go immediately to the eye doctor. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Exercise Or Physical Activity (Definition)

Exercise is a physical activity that is completed to maintain or improve health. Benefits of exercise include weight maintenance, improving mood, increasing energy, preventing or controlling chronic diseases, promoting better sleeping, and improving sex life and libido. ...Read more


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