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Cataract After Detached Retina
Yes: Most common procedure to repair a retinal detachment resulting from a macular hole is a vitrectomy (remove the fluids from the back of the eyeball), replace it with a gas, and position the patient face down for some period of time (sometimes weeks) to allow the hole to close and the detachment to resolve. Most macular holes do not cause a detached retina, but many require a similar operation. ...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
Not common: A posterior vitreous detachment (PVD) is when the vitreous gel pulls away from the retina. The posterior aspect of the vitreous can be seen as a floater, often appearing like a spider web in the vision. In theory, if this floater obstructs the macula, or central retina, it could blur the vision. However, this is usually transient. If blurry vision is constant, get evaluated for retinal detachment. ...Read more
Yes: The vitreous jelly that fills the eye and attaches to the back wall of the inside of the eye (the retina) will detach from the retina with age (posterior vitreous detachment). At that time or days/weeks later a retinal tear or detachment may or may not occur as well. The latter conditions require urgent treatment before blindness ensues. A vitreous detachment is not treated. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Hole in Retina: An rd is usually caused by a hole or tear in the retina or from membranes pulling on the retina. If you are referring to an rd after lasik, it is possible that distortion of the globe during surgery can cause a detachment, but it is unlikely. You should immediately see an eye md if you have symptoms. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can anyone tell me is vitreous detachment after a retinal detachment surgery risking another retinal detachment?
Unusual: Most retinal detachments are preceded by a vitreous detachment. There are some exception, however those are uncommon or rare. As such, it is unlikely to have a vitreous detachment following retinal re-attachment surgery. If there was no vitreous detachment prior to retina re-detachment surgeyr, and no vitrectomy was done, a vitreous detachment could occur with it's risks. ...Read more
3-8 weeks.: Although less common, a short acting gas bubble in a relatively simple detachment can facilitate a shorter period of face down positioning. Surgeons use gases with different rates of absorption for this purpose. Usually drops continue for between two and four weeks, depending on situation. Finally, silicon oil can be used and no positioning at all is required but the oil must be removed. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Why do post-cataract surgery retinal detachments occur? Is there some retinal pulling involved from posterior vitreous detachment (pvd)?
Destabilization: The natural lens and its supports stabilize the front of the eye and vitreous. Removal of the thick natural lens and substitution with a thin artificial lens, increases the chance for the vitreous to move in ways that can destabilize the attachments of the vitreous over the retina. If there are weak places, this can increase the chance of detachment, even in the best of cataract surgeries. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No, your vision generally doesn't deteriorate after cataract surgery unless other problems arise, such as macular degeneration or glaucoma: In cataract surgery, the eye doctor (ophthalmologist) removes the clouded lens from your eye and replaces it with a clear, artificial lens. This lens is very durable and should last for the rest of your life. Sometimes the capsule that holds the artificial lens becomes cloudy after cataract surgery. This can affect your vision. An eye doctor can use a laser to make the lens capsule clear again. Most people use glasses, at least some of the time, after cataract surgery. After your eyes have healed from surgery, your doctor may recommend prescription eyeglasses. ...Read more
See a retina special: As we age, the vitreous jelly pulls away from the retina (a posterior vitreous detachment). New or worse floaters in your vision or flashing lights or loss of peripheral vision (like a curtain or veil obstructing the vision) could indicate a retinal detachment. These symptoms require an urgent dilated retinal exam. Do not delay. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
For someone who had posterior vitreous detachment completed prior to cataract surgery, what is the risk of post-cataract surgery retinal detachment?
Outpatient Surgery: A retinal detachment can be repaired two ways. First, via an in-office procedure called a pneumatic retinopexy, and second, a more involved outpatient surgery employing a vitrectomy and/or scleral buckle. The first type is suited for a certain type of detachment that can be repaired with laser or a freezing treatment and a gas bubble injection, whereas the second type is done in the operating room. ...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 3 more doctor answers
Perhaps: Some techniques used to repair a detached retina can lead to premature cataract. An example surgery is a pars plana vitrectomy where the jelly pulling on the retina (vitreous) is removed from inside the eye. While removing the vitreous may speed up cataract development, we accept this occurence as without an atrached retina, the eye does not see. Cataract surgery may be needed down the road. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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