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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. ...Read more
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
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. ...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. ...Read more
Common: Common in most modalities of retinal detachment surgery. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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... ...Read more
It depends: If you had a vitrectomy with intraocular gas insertion and your retina specialist asked you to be face down (ask your retina specialist), there are positioning devices available to rent on-line that look a little like massage chairs that may help. Ask your retina specialist. ...Read more
1-8 weeks.: Although less common, a short acting gas bubble in a relatively simple detachment can facilitate a shorter period of face down positioning. Silicon oil can be used instead of gas and no positioning at all is required but the oil must be removed. While face down, you can use your other eye to read. ...Read more
Depends!: On how extensive the retinal detachment and repair was. Your reading vision may never return, but if all goes well you should start seeing better and possibly be able toread with that eye 45-90 days following the surgery. It may be longer, and you may need subsequent surgeries as well (cataract). ...Read more
Following retinal detachment surgery, my central vision is now pinched. Will this improve over time?
After a retinal detachment surgery the dr said I can go back to my professional boxing career after 6 months. What are my chances of another retina detachment in a fight after 6 months?
Risky: The fact that you have had a detachment already in one eye indicates an increased susceptibility to this event. Hopefully your re-attachement went well but inevitably the vision will be down a bit. Your risk for the other eye, is much higher than average and the risk of re-occurrence in the operated eye is much higher. You must carefully consider you boxing vs the high risk of blindness. ...Read more
It is a eye surgery: Scleral buckle surgery is used to help repair the detached retina. It is used at times with another surgery called vitrectomy. It is a band that can go around the eye or partially around the eye and bring the wall of the eye inward to contact the retinal detachment. It also can provide support to the retina. ...Read more
Can anyone tell me is vitreous detachment after a retinal detachment surgery risking another retinal detachment?
Unusual: Most retinal detachments are preceded by a vitreous detachment. There are some exception, however those are uncommon or rare. As such, it is unlikely to have a vitreous detachment following retinal re-attachment surgery. If there was no vitreous detachment prior to retina re-detachment surgeyr, and no vitrectomy was done, a vitreous detachment could occur with it's risks. ...Read more
Vitrectomy Surgery: Vitrectomy surgery is the most common treatment for macular holes and provides the best chance for regaining lost vision and helping with visual distortion. The procedure involves removing the vitreous gel, peeling membranes off the retina and adding a temporary gas bubble. Cataract, retinal detachment, and lack of closure are possible complications. ...Read more
Hello I'm 23.I had retinal detachment surgery approximately 6 months ago. Now can I do heavy lifting, go waterslide or play soccer etc.? Or when can i?
RD: Are you myopic and how myopic are you? Was this your first detachment? Most cases you can go back to normal activities by 6mo but depends on specifics. Consult with us to help solve this issue. ...Read more
Happens often: In the care of well trained physicians this is done all the time with success. People who suffer retinal detachments are seldom professional athletes at the peak of health. Management of complicated patients are what it takes them so long to train. ...Read more
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