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Doctor insights on: Flashes After Retinal Detachment Surgery

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Dr. Neil Notaroberto Dr. Notaroberto
Ophthalmology
25 years in practice
George Washington University Medical School
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I had retinal detachment surgery twice right eye in 2012. Why am I still getting white flashes when my right eye blinks?

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.

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


Dr. Robert Chang Dr. Chang
Ophthalmology
years in practice
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Can contacts be worn after retinal detachment surgery?

Can contacts be worn after retinal detachment surgery?

Yes: Retinal detachment surgery can change someone's refraction. Also sometimes a patient is left aphakic if the lens is removed. Contacts are needed in those eyes.

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Dr. Robert Chang Dr. Chang
Ophthalmology
years in practice
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What is the common recovery time after retinal detachment surgery?

What is the common recovery time after retinal detachment surgery?

Weeks to months: Depends on the type of surgery, how complicated the detachment was, gas bubble or oil in the eye, etc. This can affect vision, flying, face down positioning, etc.

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Dr. Bruce Saran Dr. Saran
Ophthalmology
29 years in practice
University at Buffalo, The State University of New York School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences
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Dr. Keshav Narain Dr. Narain
Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery
25 years in practice
George Washington University Medical School
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Recovery time after retinal detachment surgery? Procedure: vitrectomy

Recovery time after retinal detachment surgery? Procedure: vitrectomy

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.

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Dr. Edward Meier Dr. Meier
Ophthalmology
19 years in practice
University of Kentucky College of Medicine
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Can you develop keratitis after retinal detachment surgery?

Yes: After any type of surgery, the eyes tend to get dry. That is a risk factor for keratitis. If there is a concern of keratitis, the most important thing is to see your surgeon. Sometimes post op infections can mimic keratitis early on.

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Dr. Carlos Satulovsky Dr. Satulovsky
Psychiatry
24 years in practice
National University of La Plata Faculty of Medicine
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Dr. Alan Franklin Dr. Franklin
Ophthalmology
27 years in practice
University of Toledo College of Medicine
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After retinal detachment surgery, is it normal for your eye to hurt months later?

After retinal detachment surgery, is it normal for your eye to hurt months later?

Possibly: Pain can occur months later. Pain is more commonly associated with scleral buckle surgery or long term silicone oil.

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Dr. Johnstone Kim Dr. Kim
Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery
10 years in practice
Tulane University School of Medicine
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Why do you need a patch for both eyes after retinal detachment surgery?

Why do you need a patch for both eyes after retinal detachment surgery?

Limits eye movement: Your doctor may have patched both eyes so that you don't move your eyes. Depending on the situation, your doctor may have bilaterally patched you because both eyes move when you try to only move one eye. This type of patching is very uncommon nowadays.

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Dr. Bernard Godley Dr. Godley
Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery
28 years in practice
Harvard Medical School
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What is retinal detachment surgery?

What is retinal detachment surgery?

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.

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Dr. Harit Bhatt Dr. Bhatt
Ophthalmology
13 years in practice
University of Illinois College of Medicine
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What is retinal detachment surgery like?

What is retinal detachment surgery like?

Several options: A detached retina can be treated in several ways. --laser treatment --pneumatic retinopexy --scleral buckle --vitrectomy the above are usually the mainstays of treatment. It depends on surgeon/patient/type of detachment on which method is chosen.

Dr. Richard Scartozzi Dr. Scartozzi
Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery
15 years in practice
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
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How risky is a retinal detachment surgery?

Depends: No surgery is without risk, but most do fine. The bigger risk is not getting it done if indeed you have a retinal detachment - then you really are risking blindness.

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Dr. Richard Scartozzi Dr. Scartozzi
Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery
15 years in practice
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
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How effective is retinal detachment surgery?

How effective is retinal detachment surgery?

Very: Modern methods allow for re-attachment of the retina in greater than 90% of cases, though it may take more than one procedure. If the macula (central retina) is originally detached however, vision may be permanently damaged even if the retina is re-attached.

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Dr. Keshav Narain Dr. Narain
Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery
25 years in practice
George Washington University Medical School
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Is retinal detachment surgery a permanent cure?

Possibly: Scleral buckle and vitrectomy are two surgeries that can result in long term stabilization of the retina. In many patients, this is a permanent cure. Retinal re-detachment can occur and requires repeat surgery 5-15% of the time.

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Dr. Harit Bhatt Dr. Bhatt
Ophthalmology
13 years in practice
University of Illinois College of Medicine
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Can you tell me about retinal detachment surgery?

Can you tell me about retinal detachment surgery?

Several options: A detached retina can be treated in several ways. --laser treatment --pneumatic retinopexy --scleral buckle --vitrectomy the above are usually the mainstays of treatment. It depends on surgeon/patient/type of detachment on which method is chosen.

Dr. Bernard Godley Dr. Godley
Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery
28 years in practice
Harvard Medical School
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What's involved with a retinal detachment surgery?

What's involved with a retinal detachment surgery?

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.

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Dr. Yale Kanter Dr. Kanter
Ophthalmology
57 years in practice
Dalhousie University Faculty of Medicine
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How long is recovery for retinal detachment surgery?

Retinal detachment: This is individual and depends on how much of the retina was detached, and the time interval of the duration of the detachment, and the type of surgical repair. The retinal surgeon who did the repair can best answer your question.

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Dr. Ilan Cohen Dr. Cohen
Ophthalmology
21 years in practice
Tufts University School of Medicine
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Dr. Colin McCannel Dr. McCannel
Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery
26 years in practice
Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
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Can you tell me if I could still pursue amateur boxing after a retinal detachment surgery?

Can you tell me if I could still pursue amateur boxing after a retinal detachment surgery?

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...

Dr. Richard Scartozzi Dr. Scartozzi
Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery
15 years in practice
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
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How soon can you resume normal physical activities after having retinal detachment surgery?

Depends: Depends on how extensive the detachment was and what kind of procedure was done, especially if gas or silicone oil was used and you have to position a certain way (such as face down). Ask your retina specialist.

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