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Detached Retina In Children
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
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
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
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
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
Vision loss, floater: The classic symptoms of retinal detachment are a large number of floaters and sparks in front of one or both of the eyes, as well as sudden and painless vision loss. If you are experiencing any or all of these symptoms, see an eye doctor immediately. There is a better chance of regaining your sight if it is treated within 2 days of onset. ...Read more
None: Retinal detachment is an urgent and visually threatening lifting off of the retina from its moorings in the back of the eye. There are no home remedies for this, no herbals, no physical things you can do. You need ophthalmologic evaluation immediately and if detachment is present some form of laser or operative surgery is the only thing to save your eye and vision. ...Read more
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
Typical triad: Flashes, floaters, and a shade/curtain advancing over the vision. Usually little lightning bolts indicate some kind of traction on the retina, the release of tons of new floaters from retinal disruption, and the peripheral decrease progressively indicates the retina detaching slowly. Check vision one eye at a time, if worried, have it checked out by a dilated exam with an eye specialist. ...Read more
Expert exam critical: A careful dilated exam by a qualified ophthalmologist or retinal specialist will likely yield the diagnosis. If there is also vitreous blood or significant cataract, the retinal specialist will also use a B scan ultrasound to know for sure ...Read more
Friend on facebook just diagnosed with detached retina. In my country we never heard that term. Is that something new?
Detached retina: This is the term for the lifting off of the retina, the light sensory part of the back of the eye, from its attachment to blood supply and supporting membranes in the back of the eye. This may happen from trauma, previous eye surgery and also spontaneously. This is an urgent situation, sight threatening which requires an ophthalmologist to evaluate immediately. ...Read more
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 more
Many: These are conditions in which the retina, the visual film at the back of the eye, becomes loosened from its moorings which disturbs the vision and can cause permanent loss of not fixed. Bleeding can also lift off the retina but more commonly causes a blockage of vision by covering up the front of the retina. See your retinal ophthalmologist for diagnosis and treatment which is possible. ...Read more
Trauma: Yes, depending of the severity of a trauma to the head, it can lead to a retinal tear and detachment. ...Read more
It is possible: It is possible, but there are many factors that can affect the results. Depending on the type and duration of detachment, and the surgical outcomes, it is possible to come away with 20/20 vision. Without knowing specific details of the case, it is difficult to comment further. ...Read more
It Depends: Retinal detachment surgery can involve a range of surgical techniques from an office procedure to operative surgery. Typical recovery ranges from 2 to 6 weeks depending on whether gas or oil was used in the surgery. It may take months for the vision to recovery optimally, depending on the type of detachment that occurred. It is best to follow the surgeon's guidelines. ...Read more
Yes: Most states only require vision in one eye of 20/40 or better to maintain an unrestricted drivers license, so even during the healing phase or if the vision is reduced after a retina procedure a person may drive. Once a retinal detachment has healed there are no activity restrictions. ...Read more
Rarely: Retinal re-attachemnt surgery is aimed at preserving vision. Loosing vision is not usual. Discuss with your surgeon, and perhaps a second opinion is in order if he cannot explain what happened. However, even in the best hands, some retinal re-attachment surgeries result in disappointing vision outcomes, esp. If multiple surgeries are needed. Good luck! ...Read more
What if I have fluid behind the retina from several holes, should I stop exercising? I want to know id its safe I don't want to get a detached retina.
Do nothing: C ur ophthalmologist, only he/her can advise u.In the meantime don't exert ur self @ all. ...Read more
Not likely: Possible, but unlikely. If your head movements are extreme during vomiting, it is possible. ...Read more
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
Retinal detachemnt: Retinal detachment is a detachment of the retina from the inside of the eye. The portion of retina that is detached leaves the vision completely black in the detached area. Retinal detachment is usually caused by a peripheral hole/tear of the retina. A macular hole is a hole in the center of the macula, the portion responsible for central vision causing varying degrees of loss. ...Read more
After surgery for a detached retina, my vision is coming back but it is still distorted. Will it continue to get better?
Distortion after RD: Following repair of retinal detachment, distortion during the healing process can also indicate swelling of the retina (macular edema) or abnormal healing of the retina. Sometimes scar tissue can form on the macula creating distortion. A test called oct (optical coherence tomography) is useful in analyzing the macula for causes of distortion. Discuss with your retinal specialist. ...Read more
Surgery nov. 2012 for a detached retina. I have oil that needs to be removed. How long does this usually stay in before another procedure?
3-8 months: Removal depends upon the success of the re-attachement and whether the oil stays in place or migrates and causes problems. Discuss you situation with the retinal surgeon who put in the oil on you r next visit. ...Read more
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