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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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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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If i had a detached retina, would an eye doctor see it?

If i had a detached retina, would an eye doctor see it?

Dilated exam: Yes, a dilated exam of the retina by a qualified ophthalmologist can diagnose the condition. If there is any question, see a retina specialist. ...Read more

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I've been getting regular check ups with my eye doctor and my eyes seem fine. Can reading or studying a lot cause a detached retina?

I've been getting regular check ups with my eye doctor and my eyes seem fine. Can reading or studying a lot cause a detached retina?

No: Using your eyes to read and study does not increase your chance for retinal detachment. Generic disorders, severe myopia, injury, eye surgery, and probably smoking are among some of the risk factors. ...Read more

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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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If i got to the eye doctor how will they test me if I have retinal detachment ?

If i got to the eye doctor how will they test me if I have retinal detachment ?

Get Seen: Signs of rd are those seen by examining eye doctor during a dilated examination: subretinal fluid, retinal tear, pigment cells in vitreous, and pvd. The symptoms that a patient experiences are progressive loss of vision which may involve the central vision. This may be proceeded by flashes and floaters. Sometimes an rd can by asymptomatic, and therefore it is important to get checked. ...Read more

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Lost my peripheral vision and then I had a very painful migraine behind my eyes. Went 2 the i doc 2 mos. ago he said I might have a detached retina. ?

Is it or isn't it?: Did your physician do a dilated exam of your retina? If not you need to see a board certified opthalmologist asap to determine this. Your treatment hinges off of this... ...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?

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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Dr. Richard Bensinger
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Cataracts (Definition)

A cataract 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). The condition can worsen by long-term topical steroid ...Read more


Dr. Robert Chang
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Glaucoma (Definition)

Glaucoma refers to a group of eye conditions that lead to damage to the optic nerve, the nerve that carries visual information from the eye to the brain. In many cases, damage to the optic nerve is due to increased pressure in the eye, also known ...Read more