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Does elevated intraocular pressure cause retinal detachment?

Does elevated intraocular pressure cause retinal detachment?

No: These are two unrelated conditions. Elevated pressure in the eye can cause permanent blindness, but does not in any way cause the retina to detach. ...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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Can an increase in eye pressure lead to retinal detachment?

Can an increase in eye pressure lead to retinal detachment?

No: Retinal detachment and glaucoma are independent variables. Neither causes the other. In the course of evaluation for suspected retinal detachment, the eye pressure is always measured so sometimes glaucoma will be detected by the retinal surgeon. ...Read more

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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?

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

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Could retinal detachment be caused by severe myopia?

Could retinal detachment be caused by severe myopia?

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

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Is it possible for a retinal detachment to cause excess light sensitivity?

It can: Rarely photophobia (light sensitivity) can we caused by retinal detachment surgery. The other reason is that you may a cataract that maybe causing this as well. ...Read more

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Could total blindness caused by retinal detachment be treated so that vision can be regained?

Could total blindness caused by retinal detachment be treated so that vision can be regained?

Unlikely: Current medical knowledge cannot improve upon this situation. The optic nerves in your eyes perhaps are fine and work is being done on photoelectric devices to give a little vision in this situation. Stem cells may help also in the future. Stay tuned. ...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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Do anxiety disorders cause people to see streaks of light or things like that in their vision that is completely unrelated to retinal detachment?

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

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Can a headache cause a high intraocular pressure reading?

Can a headache cause a high intraocular pressure reading?

Yes but: Most likely the high pressure reading is causing the headache
i am sure if you have either you are under the care of either an eye surgeon or your local doctor either way keep in touch with your doctor ...Read more

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How does levodopa/carbidopa cause a rise in intraocular pressure? I understand that it can cause an acute rise in that pressure but how?

How does levodopa/carbidopa cause a rise in intraocular pressure? I understand that it can cause an acute rise in that pressure but how?

Glaucoma: Carbidopa/levodopa are contraindicated in narrow angle glaucoma because it may result in acute intraocular pressure rise. In people with open angle glaucoma, intraocular pressure should be monitored carefully. ...Read more

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Ok to take an SSRI (Paxil (paroxetine) 20 mg) with history of elevated intraocular pressure and 'glaucoma suspect' status? Thanks

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

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What type of accidents can cause retinal detachment?

Sudden acceleration: Any sudden acceleration or deceleration of the head or significant change in intraocular pressure or penetration of the globe can cause retinal detachment. ...Read more

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Why retinal detachment causes curtain effect from top down of vision?

Location: The visual defect produced by a retinal detachment depends on the location of the detachment ...Read more

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Can lifting weights cause a retinal detachment? I have very thin retinas and was just wondering if I could lift weights or not?

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

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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?

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?

UV protection: UV protection is generally recommended for macular degeneration. PC or mobile use has not been associated with any retinal damage to date. An eye doctor will let you know if eye vitamins are beneficial, which depends on the severity of the degeneration. Take care. ...Read more

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I have pvd. Would scuba diving causes retinal detachment?

Probably Not: Unlikely, particularly if you have already had a posterior vitreous detachment. ...Read more

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Which type of accidents can cause retinal detachment in both eyes?

Which type of accidents can cause retinal detachment in both eyes?

Traumatic Injuries: Severe blunt or penetrating injuries can cause bilateral retinal detachments. Accidents that involve sudden deceleration such as an mva or bunge jumping can also cause the retina to detach. ...Read more

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How long is it supposed to it take for diabetic retinopathy to cause retinal detachment?

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

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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?

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

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Should I be worried if intraocular pressure elevated at 22 mm hg?

Should I be worried if intraocular pressure elevated at 22 mm hg?

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

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What else causes glaucoma besides the intraocular pressure?

What else causes glaucoma besides the intraocular pressure?

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

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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

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What causes retinal detachment to occur?

What causes retinal detachment to occur?

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

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Is it possible that alohol cause retinal detachment?

No: I know of no direct relationship between the two. Perhaps other doc's will weigh in on your question. ...Read more

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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?

Retinal Detachment: Any vitreous or retinal surgery has placed a stress on the retina which is like plastic wrap: it can tear easily. Risk also depends on glasses Rx: if you have a long eyeball (myopia usually) it stretches the retina. ...Read more

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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?

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?

Retinal detachement: 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

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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

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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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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?

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

Dr. Neigatha Graney
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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


Dr. Richard Scartozzi
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Retinal Detachment (Definition)

When the retina peels away from the back part of the eye. This is a serious condition which ...Read more