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Recovery Process For Detached Retina Surgery
Hi. I have recently had surgery on my eye as I had a detached retina. I work on the roads so it can be a lot of lifting. What's the recovery time?
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
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
It is possible: It is possible, but there are many factors that can affect the results. Depending on the type and duration of detachment, and the surgical outcomes, it is possible to come away with 20/20 vision. Without knowing specific details of the case, it is difficult to comment further. ...Read more
It Depends: Retinal detachment surgery can involve a range of surgical techniques from an office procedure to operative surgery. Typical recovery ranges from 2 to 6 weeks depending on whether gas or oil was used in the surgery. It may take months for the vision to recovery optimally, depending on the type of detachment that occurred. It is best to follow the surgeon's guidelines. ...Read more
Yes: Most states only require vision in one eye of 20/40 or better to maintain an unrestricted drivers license, so even during the healing phase or if the vision is reduced after a retina procedure a person may drive. Once a retinal detachment has healed there are no activity restrictions. ...Read more
Rarely: Retinal re-attachemnt surgery is aimed at preserving vision. Loosing vision is not usual. Discuss with your surgeon, and perhaps a second opinion is in order if he cannot explain what happened. However, even in the best hands, some retinal re-attachment surgeries result in disappointing vision outcomes, esp. If multiple surgeries are needed. Good luck! ...Read more
After surgery for a detached retina, my vision is coming back but it is still distorted. Will it continue to get better?
Distortion after RD: Following repair of retinal detachment, distortion during the healing process can also indicate swelling of the retina (macular edema) or abnormal healing of the retina. Sometimes scar tissue can form on the macula creating distortion. A test called oct (optical coherence tomography) is useful in analyzing the macula for causes of distortion. Discuss with your retinal specialist. ...Read more
Surgery nov. 2012 for a detached retina. I have oil that needs to be removed. How long does this usually stay in before another procedure?
3-8 months: Removal depends upon the success of the re-attachement and whether the oil stays in place or migrates and causes problems. Discuss you situation with the retinal surgeon who put in the oil on you r next visit. ...Read more
I am a professional boxer concerned about my career now after a recent detached retina surgery. How long after the surgery should I wait to fight?
Yes: Retinal detachment is a very serious condition and surgery to repair it requires that you take very good care of yourself while it heals. Both smoking and alcohol have been demonstrated to increase the risk for retinal damage in patients with other risk factors. I suggest you avoid both while recovering and until your retinal surgeon gives the OK. ...Read more
Hello my dad just had surgery for a detached retina I have a physical disability, when he recovers can he lift me or will it cause more damage to eye?
See below: It can be days or weeks. If it persists beyond 6 months, and is cosmetically or functionally noticeable, then eyelid surgery can be performed to try to improve it. ...Read more
How long does it take to get my eyes to look normal again (no droopy or swollen eyes) after detached retina surgery?
Depends.: It depends on how extensive your surgery was. If a buckle and vitrectomy were done, it can talk a while. That means up to a few months for the eye to look normal again. It is common for the eyelid to be a little droopy after any type of eye surgery. This may or may not recover totally. ...Read more
Hole in Retina: An rd is usually caused by a hole or tear in the retina or from membranes pulling on the retina. If you are referring to an rd after lasik, it is possible that distortion of the globe during surgery can cause a detachment, but it is unlikely. You should immediately see an eye md if you have symptoms. ...Read more
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
What are the risks of retinal detachment surgery? I have been told by my ophthalmologist that my retina has become detached in my right eye and that unless I have surgery, I could lose my vision. I'm very nervous about having surgery on my eye, and I was
RD surgery risks: Rd surgery risks include recurrent retinal detachment, infection, increase or decrease in eye pressure, cataract, glaucoma, bleeding, loss of vision, need for further surgery, and other problems. If you have an rd, you need to have surgery or you will lose your vision and possibly your eye. ...Read more
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
If retina becomes thin due to number of surgery for retinal detachment. What option will be available to go forward?
Ophthalmology: You will need to schedule regular ophthalmology examinations and even see a retinal specialist. ...Read more
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
Yes: You need a procedure. Sometimes this can be done in the office (pneumatic retinopexy), and sometimes this must be done in the operating room. Can't you possibly sign up for obamacare? ...Read more
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