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Please help me im really scared. Going to retina specialist for the first time?

Please help me im really scared. Going to retina specialist for the first time?

Eye exam : Retina exam won't be any different than you had with optometrist or ophthalmologist. They may take photographs or do scans which is no different than a low light photo. Sometimes they inject a dye into an arm vein and take photos. ...Read more

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That lines the inner eyeball that turns light into chemical/electrical signals interpreted by brain which we ...Read more


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Can a regular opthamologist see if retina is detached upon exam, or do I need another specialist?

Can a regular opthamologist see if retina is detached upon exam, or do I need another specialist?

Yes: An opthalmologist, who is a specialist for the eyes can see a detached retina, may have to send you to subspecialist for treatment ...Read more

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Have moderate macular pucker. 1 retina specialist said it will affect my vision within 5 yrs. & another said It may never cause problem. Any opinions?

Have moderate macular pucker. 1 retina specialist said it will affect my vision within 5 yrs. & another said It may never cause problem. Any opinions?

Does it bother?: Macular puckers have a wide range of effect on vision. If the vision is mildly affected and it does not bother, I generally recommend observation. If there is significant distortion that affects a persons vision performance, I often recommend surgery, regardless of visual acuity. So the key is how much does it affect a person either from poor acuity (blurriness) or distortion. ...Read more

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My regular opthalmologist wont refer me to retina specialist. I think I have detached retina ?

My regular opthalmologist wont refer me to retina specialist. I think I have detached retina ?

Detachment unlikely: Ophthalmologists are well trained to detect detachment and are very sensitive as to this possiblity because this is not a condition to be wrong about. Is there something in your family history that makes this more likely? Have you had the classic symptoms: light flashing, floaters, greying of vision, traumatic history? I would guess you do not have a detachment. Second opinion? ...Read more

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Retina specialist exam for macular pucker. He didn't mention this but notes say hemorrhage supertemporal to disc. Wouldn't he tell me if serious?

Retina specialist exam for macular pucker. He didn't mention this but notes say hemorrhage supertemporal to disc. Wouldn't he tell me if  serious?

Pucker: Hi. Usually, intraretinal hemorrhages are not associated with macular pucker that has formed in the past. Rather, if the vitreous face is pulling on the retina, as well, then hemorrhages can occur. ...Read more

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Checked by retina specialist, no vitrious detached or pvd, vision 6/6 every thing normal, then why I got floaters, what may be the reason? I am 23.

Checked by retina specialist, no vitrious detached or pvd, vision 6/6 every thing normal, then why I got floaters, what may be the reason? I am 23.

Degenerative floater: Degenerative floaters are caused by vitreous changes with age/time, which can start at a young age, esp. if the eye is nearsighted. If there are sudden new floaters noticed under less light intensive circumstances, they might signal a retinal tear, and an eye exam is highly recommended -but in this case was already normal. ...Read more

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My retina specialist did not examine me by scleral depression(lattice).He said there was no need and he would do that if he saw any suspicious spots?

My retina specialist did not examine me by scleral depression(lattice).He said there was no need and he would do that if he saw any suspicious spots?

Good peripheral view: Retina specialist are trained to examine the entire retina all the way to the most peripheral parts, to search for defects. The view to the far periphery is dependent on factors such as pupil dilation, clarity of media, presence/absence of native lens or lens implant, experience of the retina specialist, etc. If factors are favorable, there may not be a need for scleral depression in some cases. ...Read more

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Vision is significantly worse every year ( nearsighted) Dr said I have lattice degeneration & have to see a retina specialist. What causes this? Bad?

Vision is significantly worse every year ( nearsighted) Dr said I have lattice degeneration & have to see a retina specialist. What causes this? Bad?

Myopia: Lattice degeneration is more common in very nearsighted individuals. A retina specialist should evaluate you and decide if laser treatment is needed to prevent a retinal detachment, or if s/he can watch closely for signs of trouble. ...Read more

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Black spot visible in lower right corner of vision. Right eye. Same spot. Visible 50% time. Specialist says nothing on retina. Thoughts?

Black spot visible in lower right corner of vision. Right eye. Same spot. Visible 50% time. Specialist says nothing on retina. Thoughts?

Eye Floater: You are describing an eye floater which is caused by an irregularity in the vitreous gel of the eye. The fact that your retinal exam is normal is good news as the irregularity is in the vitreous rather than the retina. Floaters are not dangerous and are just irritating. They normally do not require treatment but if it bothers you a Vitrectomy may be an option ...Read more

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If I have a ruptured blood vessel in my retina, would a retina specialist be able to see it upon examination? Thanks.

If I have a ruptured blood vessel in my retina, would a retina specialist be able to see it upon examination? Thanks.

Serious: How do you know this? If your vision has been affected, you should be seen right away by an Ophthalmologist. A retinal vascular hemorrhage is serious & requires prompt evaluation, diagnosis, & treatment. Ultimately, you may need special consultation by a Retinal specialist. ...Read more

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I have been referred to a retina specialist by my ophthalmologist because he saw a depression on my macula, is this serious?

I have been referred to a retina specialist by my ophthalmologist because he saw a depression on my macula, is this serious?

It can be: Since the macula is used for your central vision, any conditions affecting it could cause loss of vision. Your ophthalmologist was correct to refer you to the retinal specialist. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I have been reffered to a retina specialist due to s hole that was discovered yesterday on a yearly eye exam. No symptoms . Wii this be surgery?

Hole: It depends. There are different types of holes in the retina. Some holes are asymptomatic and low risk-- they can be monitored. Other holes are a greater risk for retinal detachment and may require laser treatment. Your retina doctor will decide what course is best for you. ...Read more

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Constant flickers in my peripheral vision (mostly left eye) in dark since a couple of weeks.Checked with my retina specialist-no tear.Will it subside?

Yes: Once the vitreous separates from the retina, the flashes will subside. However, as long as there is traction there is a risk of a tear or detachment. ...Read more

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Had wavy vision in left eye for over 6mo. Chkd. Fluid under retina, poss. Csr. Referred to retina specialist. Other causes of fluid? Treatment?

CSR: Your retinal specialist has probably ruled out a perimacular retinal hole. Sometimes tincture of time is best treatment, however, your retinal surgeon would be best one to consult. ...Read more

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Can taking antioxidant, taurine, hyaluonic acid, omega 3 cure my eye floaters, having floaters past 1 year, eye normal checked by retina specialist.

Can taking antioxidant, taurine, hyaluonic acid, omega 3 cure my eye floaters, having floaters past 1 year, eye normal checked by retina specialist.

No effect: Floaters are membrane fragments suspended in the vitreous behind the lens of the eye. Those chemicals will have no effect on them although they seem otherwise harmless. ...Read more

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Retina specialist: eye doctor said let pvd run its course and vitreous pull off completely. Isnt laser a treatment to prevent detachment? Any other?

Retina specialist: eye doctor said let pvd run its course and vitreous pull off completely. Isnt laser a treatment to prevent detachment? Any other?

Floaters: The vitreous is a jelly-like substance that fills the back part of the eye. Around the age of 60, it begins to liquify and form small floating strands (floaters). These strands may initially appear as small flashes of light or small black dots or wisps in the vision. If a dark curtain starts to cover the vision, then a retinal detachment may be occurring. Laser is used for retinal pathology. ...Read more

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