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Flashes After Retinal Detachment Surgery
I had retinal detachment surgery twice right eye in 2012. Why am I still getting white flashes when my right eye blinks?
Flashes of light: Can be associated with stimulation of the retina. There can be other causes, but your history would make it more likely to be retinal in nature. When you blink the eye undergoes movement. Some patients with a scleral buckle or area of retinal tears that have been repaired by laser or if vitreous gel is still present over these areas, occasional flashes with eye movement can be noted by a patient.
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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3-8 weeks.: Although less common, a short acting gas bubble in a relatively simple detachment can facilitate a shorter period of face down positioning. Surgeons use gases with different rates of absorption for this purpose. Usually drops continue for between two and four weeks, depending on situation. Finally, silicon oil can be used and no positioning at all is required but the oil must be removed.See 2 more doctor answers
Reposition Retina: Repairing a retinal detachment involves use of specialized techniques to either remove scar tissue causing a tractional elevation of retina or to close a hole and drain subretinal fluid. The later is the more common occurrence. Retinal surgeons frequently use in-office procedures such as laser w/ gas bubble injection or operative surgery with vitrectomy and/or buckle to reattach the retina.See 2 more doctor answers
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.See 1 more doctor answer
Not great idea: There is no question that boxing is a significant risk factor for retinal tears and detachments. If you had a retinal detachment in one eye, you are at higher risk to have on in the other eye compared to the population at large, even without boxing. By boxing you will increase the odds of trouble (retinal detachment). So, decide wisely...
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