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Does Elevated Intraocular Pressure Cause 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 ...Read more
My blind eye has detached retina there is a lot of pain in my head an pressure in eye it feels like it will explode what should I do?
See Eye MD: There are many treatment possibilities for a blind, painful eye. An ophthalmologist can help you with this. ...Read more
Yes: The retina of a myopic person tends to be thinner and thus more easily torn or detached. Myopic eyes tend to have a higher chance of retinal pathology, like lattice degeneration or atrophic retinal holes, that also put them at risk. So myopia is really a risk factor rather than a cause. ...Read more
Retinal detachment. Does it cause blindness? How do you know if you are at risk of it? Does the correct itself?
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
Do anxiety disorders cause people to see streaks of light or things like that in their vision that is completely unrelated to retinal detachment?
Yes Ocular Migraine: Stress can cause migraine and flashes-scintillating schotomas- part of the ocular migraine symptoms. A typical ophthalmic (also called ocular) migraine has no headache. Patients can have spasm of the arteries at supply the eye and get these symptoms without headache. If it persists or interferes with her daily activities you should go to her primary care doctor for an exam and treatment. ...Read more
How does levodopa/carbidopa cause a rise in intraocular pressure? I understand that it can cause an acute rise in that pressure but how?
Ok to take an SSRI (Paxil (paroxetine) 20 mg) with history of elevated intraocular pressure and 'glaucoma suspect' status? Thanks
Best ask Eye Dr.: The provider assessing your eye issues is the best by far to ask about this. It's very good that you are thinking of it before doing it. We wish more folks would! With so many on SSRIs now, they must have had experience with the impact on such eye issues. Good luck w/ finding the best views on this. ...Read more
Can lifting weights cause a retinal detachment? I have very thin retinas and was just wondering if I could lift weights or not?
Retinal damage: Only your ophthalmologist knows for sure. I hope you are seeing a retinal specialist as well to follow your retinal condition. Because yes, in the right circumstances, a retinal detachment could occur with weight lifting. You need to be cleared by your eye doc before embarking on this activity. ...Read more
Are there any environmental factors that could worsen or cause macular generation/retinal detachment? Is mobile phone use in dark one of them? PC use?
Probably Not: Unlikely, particularly if you have already had a posterior vitreous detachment. ...Read more
Rarely occurs: Most cases, retinopathy does not cause detachment. This happens usually when the diabetic retinopathy is so severe that hemorrhage and scarring develop that causes the retina to be pulled up with the scar tissue. By then, patients will usually have been followed by a retinal specialist. ...Read more
I've had 3 retinal detachment surgeries in the past year and regularly use cannabis. Could cannabis use and its IOP lowering effects also cause PVD?
Not from cannabis: The posterior vitreous detachment would be related to the retinal detachment surgery in the same eye. If the PVD is in the other eye it may be related to myopia. High myopia is associated with retinal detachment and PVD. I stongly suggest you be examined by your ophthalmologist to rule out a PVD related retinal tear. None of this is related to cannabis use. ...Read more
Normal IOP 10-20: Intraocular pressure (aka IOP) usually runs between approximately 10 and 20 mm Hg. It is frequently elevated in glaucoma, although not always. A pressure of 22 is elevated, although like with blood pressure there can be fluctuations. If you have no family history of glaucoma, I would recommend a recheck in 6 months. If you do have a history, I would have it rechecked in 3 months. ...Read more
Great question: We know high IOP is the biggest risk factor, but other than that, genetics, aging, certain ethnicity (African American, Latino, Asian), thin corneas, high myopia, migraine, raynauds, systemic hyper- or hypotension, diabetes, chronic corticosteroids, eye injury, inflammation, & probably many more (yet to be determined) factors. Early detection w/ a comprehensive eye examination beginning under 40. ...Read more
Can moderate macular pucker cause retinal detachment? Is that what doctor checks for on follow-up exams.
Check for swelling: Of the retina and for worsening of vision. The pucker can wrinkle the underlying retina and cause cysts within it. If there is significant swelling, visual distortion, retinal disruption, then its a surgical treatment at that point. The pucker can stay unchanged for a long time or progress slowly but hard to predict. Good luck. ...Read more
No: Luckily not.Get a more detailed answer ›
Hole in Retina: An 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 an rd are painless vision loss, flashing lights, and floaters. You should immediately see an eye md if you have these symptoms. ...Read more
No: I know of no direct relationship between the two. Perhaps other doc's will weigh in on your question. ...Read more
Why are patients still at lifelong risk of retinal detachment after surgery? If the vitreous is gone and no scar tissue/PVR then what else causes it?
Does retinal detachment in one eye directly CAUSE the other eye to become more likely to detach, or is it just that the risk is statistically greater?
Makes risk to other eye greater but no guarantee. Statistics apply to the population but are not very useful in the individual. Will depend on what the cause of the first one was. Discuss with your eye Dr who can give you better odds as they know you best.
For example age and blood pressure may increase risk and they can work with you to calculate your risk and then discuss best prevention. ...Read more
I had a retinal detachment in my right eye from a double penetration caused by a gunshot 2 yrs ago, is there anyhope? I had 2 surgeries and still blin
After 2 Surgeries: The likelihood that you will regain meaningful vision after two surgeries and from a traumatic injury like this is small. It is impossible to define exactly what your visual potential may be, especially without an exam. But the nature of your initial injury probably dictated what the final outcome would be the instant it occurred. ...Read more
Can you tell me what to do if I don't have flashes but I'm scared anyway I will have retinal detachment?
I am a -5.75 in both eyes. I don't know what is considered severe but just out of curiousness. Should I be worried about retinal detachment later in life?
Higher Risk: Being that near-sighted does pose a higher risk of retinal detachment than someone without near-sightedness. Nonetheless, the risk is still very low. The best way to address this concern is to get an annual dilated eye exam by an ophthalmologist to check for any signs that could predispose to a retinal detachment, such as lattice degeneration. ...Read more
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