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Is eye transplant possible for blindness due to head trauma or eye injury?

Is eye transplant possible for blindness due to head trauma or eye injury?

Unfortunately no: Although we are making strides in tissue transplant techniques and stem cell therapy, we have not advanced to the point of whole eye transplant. The optic nerve, would need to connect its 1.5 million axons (the "wires" of the nerves) with the brain in a way that cannot currently be done. The cornea (front window) can be transplanted in cases of severe scarring from trauma. ...Read more

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Dr. Scott Goldstein
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Eye Trauma (Definition)

Any mechanical assault to the eye whether blunt or penetrating may be chemical or from radiation that results in alteration(s) in the normal ...Read more


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Eye floaters from serious eye trauma like a fist in the eye?

Eye floaters from serious eye trauma like a fist in the eye?

Can happen: It sounds as if you have had a posterior vitreous detachment. This is a situation where the vitreous(jelly) of the eye detaches (not a retinal detachment), it then "crumples" up leaving dots, spots, strands of blurry vitreous; i.e. The "floater". You should have an exam to ensure the incident did not tear the retina, which could lead to a retinal detachment. Wait one year then consider surgery. ...Read more

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Could blunt force injury to the face and eyes cause traumatic cataracts?

Could blunt force injury to the face and eyes cause traumatic cataracts?

Yes: Sometimes the force that hits the eyes is sufficient to carry enough energy to the lens that it will opacify and become a cataract. That in fact is why the name traumatic cataract exists. ...Read more

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Is eye transplant a possibility for blindness due to head trauma/eye injury?

Is eye transplant a possibility for blindness due to head trauma/eye injury?

No: The eye from the retina back to the lateral geniculate and back to the visual cortex is brain tissue. Central nervous system tissue does not regenerate or heal so a complete eye transplant is not possible. ...Read more

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Does blunt force injury to the face and eyes cause traumatic cataracts?

Does blunt force injury to the face and eyes cause traumatic cataracts?

Yes: Blunt force injury can cause traumatic cataracts but does not cause cataracts every time. ...Read more

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How common are eye floaters in people under 40? Can physical over-exertion, rubbing eyes or swimming goggles be causes?

How common are eye floaters in people under 40? Can physical over-exertion, rubbing eyes or swimming goggles be causes?

Not uncommon!: Floaters are opacities within the vitreous gel in the eye. Things that accelerate the degeneration of the gel beside age include trauma (including eye rubbing). ...Read more

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Is smoking marijuana dangerous for eye conditions such as diabetic retinopathy and retinal vein occlusion or any other eye disorder?

Is smoking marijuana dangerous for eye conditions such as diabetic retinopathy and retinal vein occlusion or any other eye disorder?

YES: Smoke contains particulate matter ; is the residue of something burning or being burned. Smoke gets into the eyes, ears, nose, tongue, mouth, lungs, hair, pores of the skin etc. Sulfur and carbon monoxide are prominent elements of smoke along with 3000 other chemicals which likely cause cancer or are toxic to tissues. So, smoking anything is bad for your health if healthy let alone if ill. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have lasik eye surgery to correct vision problems caused by an eye injury?

Is it possible to have lasik eye surgery to correct vision problems caused by an eye injury?

No: Most likely the eye injury will have damaged the eye enough that just doing lasik will not correct the vision enough, or sometimes the eye injury causes other problems that contraindicate getting lasik done. The best way to know if a good candidate for lasik is to have a preop eval. ...Read more

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Expert opinion please: could someone with injury caused blindness have eye discoloration?

Expert opinion please: could someone with injury caused blindness have eye discoloration?

Possibly: Sometimes, in response to injury, the cornea will become cloudy, which can give it a blue-grey appearance. ...Read more

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Is heterochromia affected by eye injuries?

Is heterochromia affected by eye injuries?

Can be: Heterochromia--eyes of different colors_ can result from eye trauma with disruption of the iris pigment. The condition can, however, be congenital as well. Changes in the perceived color of the iris may also result in corneal opacities that mute the iris pigment ...Read more

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Could poking your eyes with your fingers cause an open globe eye injury?

Could poking your eyes with your fingers cause an open globe eye injury?

Unlikely: The energy required to break open an eye is not typically present with finger poke injuries. We see open globe injuries with assaults with weapons and car accidents. ...Read more

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Could eye contact with semen of person with HPV cause warts or any condition in eyes?

Could eye contact with semen of person with HPV cause warts or any condition in eyes?

Std's: Eye contact with semen is contact of a potentially infectious fluid with a mucous membrane. Thus transmission of many stds can occur--a person infected with HPV may be infected with other diseases. HIV, syphilis, gonorrhea--these can all be transmitted in this manner and enter the body through the eye. You should be checked for stds including HIV by your physician. ...Read more

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Eye trauma while wearing contacts. Is that a problem?

Eye trauma while wearing contacts. Is that a problem?

Yes: Regardless of contact lens wear, eye trauma is a problem that can have significant impact on the vision. Additionally if the eye sustained a penetrating injury, contact lenses could introduce certain pathogens that may be more difficult to treat. ...Read more

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In glaucoma is there any harm in rubbing your eyes, such as applying pressure to remove eye makeup?

In glaucoma is there any harm in rubbing your eyes, such as applying pressure to remove eye makeup?

No: The temporary increase in pressure from ordinary activities will not be a problem. It would only be an issue if you kept pressure on the eye for a long time. ...Read more

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Can eye floaters be caused by general anesthesia or swimming goggles?

Can eye floaters be caused by general anesthesia or swimming goggles?

No: Your floaters are inside your eyes' vitreous cavity and occur as a result of aging of the eye. Normally these gradually develop, but occasionally they can increase suddenly, usually associated with light flashes & a noticeable change in the quality of your vision. If this occurs, a dilated eye examination is important to rule out other problems causing the floaters, such as a tear in the retina. ...Read more

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Can laser eye surgery really efficiently cure eye disorders or problems?

Can laser eye surgery really efficiently cure eye disorders or problems?

Often: Lasers used in ophthalmology are remarkably precise and often very effective in accomplishing what they are meant to do. ...Read more

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Is corneal scarring from contact lens use serious?

Is corneal scarring from contact lens use serious?

Depends: Scarring is rare from contact lens over wear which usually creates symptomatic surface changes for which the lens will be removed by most. The most common scar producing effect is corneal ulcer; a bacterial culture under the lens. Most of these are peripheral and after treatment the scar causes little change. But if the ulcer is central, the scar can cause great visual changes. ...Read more

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