Doctor insights on: Cataract after detached retina

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Is it normal to have a cataract on your eye when having a detached retina?

Is it normal to have a cataract on your eye when having a detached retina?

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 more

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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 are the chances of getting a detached retina right after cataract surgery?

What are the chances of getting a detached retina right after cataract surgery?

Low: During cataract surgery the eye decompresses and this causes the vitreous jelly to create traction and pull on the retina. The jelly may then separate from the retina and tear a hole. This hole can lead to a detachment. It is uncommon but it can happen in a small % of cases. ...Read more

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How does an eye doctor treat and diagnose someone with cataracts, glaucoma, or detached retina?

How does an eye doctor treat and diagnose someone with cataracts, glaucoma, or detached retina?

Diagnosed by exam: Each of these need extensive exam, follow-up and treatment. Books are written on each subject. ...Read more

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I had two catarac surgeries and one detached retina now I see halos around my eyes?

I had two catarac surgeries and one detached retina now I see halos around my eyes?

Possible.: Unfortunately, retinal detachment occurs not uncommonly after cataract surgery in about one to two cases per hundred cataract surgeries. Halos can be a function of the intraocular lens that is placed in the eye at the time of cataract surgery. They can be a function of uncorrected or over corrected refractive error. Also, the condition of the retina is obviously a factor. ...Read more

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I had retinal detachment in both eyes. Will I also develop cataracts?

I had retinal detachment in both eyes. Will I also develop cataracts?

Not necessarily: If the retinal detachment was repaired with a para plana vitrectomy, then there is a greater chance of developing a cataract. If however it was only lasered or a buckle was used, then the risk of cataract formation is not necessarily higher. ...Read more

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What would experts say about % chance of a retinal detachment occurring after cataract surgery?

Very low...: Very low, but this is one of the risks that surgeons consider when offering surgery to a patient. The benefits of surgery must outweigh the risks. ...Read more

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For someone who had posterior vitreous detachment completed prior to cataract surgery, what is the risk of post-cataract surgery retinal detachment?

Very small: As vitreous traction is the main cause for retinal detachment following cataract surgery, if the vitreous is already separated, there would be no traction and thus the chance of a detachment would be very small. ...Read more

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Eye diseases like macular degeneration, retinal detachment, and cataracts are all in older people, right?

Eye diseases like macular degeneration, retinal detachment, and cataracts are all in older people, right?

Age Related: All of those conditions are predominantly age related, although all can occur less often in young people. ...Read more

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Is a detached retina serious?

Yes: A retinal detachment is a serious and potentially blinding problem. However, if detected early surgical repair in competent hands is about 85-90% successful with the first surgery. Even if the macula is detached, vision can be good following repair, but is never as good as before. If the macula detaches, surgical repair within 10-14 days results in the best visual acuity results. ...Read more

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Are the symptoms of detached retina bad?

Are the symptoms of detached retina bad?

Don't ignore: Symptoms of retinal detachment include flashes and floaters, blurred side vision, and eventually blurred or bad central vision. Patients wit new onset of any of these symptoms should seek get an evaluation as soon as possible! ...Read more

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What would you see with detached retina?

What would you see with detached retina?

Vision loss: When the retinal layer peels away from the eye wall (like wall paper), it is detached. As 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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How can a person heal a detached retina?

How can a person heal a detached retina?

Surgery: This requires a surgical procedure by a retinal specialist in the office or in the operating room. ...Read more

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What must I avoid after a detached retina?

What must I avoid after a detached retina?

Boxing: If you are 8 weeks out from retinal detachment surgery, then you can resume most activities. You can read, watch tv, run, bike, even lift weights. Most sports are ok, too. I would avoid sports where you are going to get hit in the face or eye, like boxing. If you are an avid basketball, football, or soccer player, you may wish to wear eye protection. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: detached retina?

Retinal detachment: 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 the eye and injuries. ...Read more

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What are the visual signs of someone with a detached retina?

See below: Floaters in your vision and/or flashing lights in your vision and/or part of the peripheral vision missing (like a curtain or veil). See an ophthalmologist, preferably a retina specialist, immediately. ...Read more

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Is surgery always needed for detached retina?

No: Depends on size, location, chronicity, visual potential, mechanism, etc. ...Read more

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How effective is surgery for detached retina?

It depends: The longer the retina has been detached, the poorer the surgical outcomes. Generally speaking, greater than 90% of retinal detachnments can be repaired with one operation. ...Read more

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What surgery is appropriate for a detached retina?

Three: Pneumatic retinopexy is an option for some detachments only. Scleral buckling and vitrectomy are appropriate either alone or in combination, depending on the type and severity of the detachment. ...Read more

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Would a detached retina show up in an mri?

Would a detached retina show up in an mri?

Possibly: An MRI is not the best test for an rd and if you are worried about one, please see a retina specialist for an exam. Direct visualization is best method. If you have vitreous hemorrhage then an ultrasound would be indicated. Occasionally, an oct is beneficial to look for shallow fluid. Get an exam! ...Read more

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
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Cataracts (Definition)

Occurs whent here is a clouding (or change in protein composition) of the normally clear lens (which is located behind the pupil and iris) inside the eye. Cataracts are most commonly due to aging, but can be congenital (born with it), due to trauma or uveitis (eye inflammation). Can be worsened by long-term topical steroid ...Read more


Dr. Adam Lewis
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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