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Doctor insights on: Retinal Detachment Vs Retinoschisis

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Can you tell me what to do if I don't have flashes but I'm scared anyway I will have retinal detachment?

Can you tell me what to do if I don't have flashes but I'm scared anyway I will have retinal detachment?

Get an exam: The only way to find out is to have an exam by a qualified eye MD. AAO. Org is very helpful. If you have a retinal detachment, the sooner you see a specialist the better. Time is vision. ...Read more

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


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Who gets retinal detachment?

Who gets retinal detachment?

Older Adults Common: Retinal detachment is typically a disorder associated with older adults, usually over 50. It can occur in younger folks due to trauma or genetic conditions. The best way to be sure is to be seen by an ophthalmologist and get a dilated exam of the retina. Common symptoms of retinal detachment are flashing lights and floaters, a dark curtain, and vision loss. Rd is a potentially blinding condition. ...Read more

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Retinal detachment symptoms?

Retinal detachment symptoms?

Progressive Loss: Signs of rd are those seen by examining eye doctor: subretinal fluid, retinal tear, pigment cells in vitreous, and pvd. The symptoms that a patient experiences are progressive loss or 'greying' of vision which may involve the central vision. This may be proceeded by flashes and floaters. ...Read more

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How serious is retinal detachment?

How serious is retinal detachment?

Extremely: Usually this requires an urgent evaluation and treatment by a retina specialist, otherwise you risk rapid permanent loss of vision. ...Read more

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How is retinal detachment diagnosed?

How is retinal detachment diagnosed?

Get Seen: Signs of rd are those seen by examining eye doctor: subretinal fluid, retinal tear, pigment cells in vitreous, and pvd. The symptoms that a patient experiences are progressive loss of vision which may involve the central vision. This may be proceeded by flashes and floaters. Sometimes an rd can by asymptomatic, and therefore it is important to get checked. ...Read more

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How to know if I have a retinal detachment?

How to know if I have a retinal detachment?

See below: New or worse eye floaters, flashing lights, loss of peripheral vision (like a veil or curtain) could indicate the presence of a retinal detachment. These symptoms require an urgent dilated retinal exam. Do not delay. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of retinal detachment?

What are the symptoms of retinal detachment?

Flashes and Floaters: The classic visual symptoms of retinal detachment are light flashes, floaters, and loss of vision. Someone who experiences these symptoms should see an ophthalmologist immediately for evaluation. ...Read more

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I will have retinal detachment, what to expect?

Improvement: If you have a detachment, you will need laser or operative surgery to fix it. In most cases you can expect improvement in the condition and commonly restoration of vision. Your retinal surgeon can tell ;you your prognosis. ...Read more

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What is the quickest way to treat a retinal detachment?

Pneumatic Retinopexy: This is an in office procedure that is used for certain types of retinal detachments. Not everyone is a good candidate. It involves laser or cryopexy (freezing) treament to a retinal hole, and injection of a bubble of inert gas. The who process usually takes less than an hour and can be done in the the retina specialist's office. ...Read more

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How risky is retinal detachment laser?

Not very: Repairing a retinal detachment involves use of specialized techniques to close a hole and drain subretinal fluid.. Retinal surgeons frequently use in-office procedures such as laser w/ gas bubble injection or operative surgery with vitrectomy to reattach the retina. The holes which cause retinal detachment are usually in the peripheral retina, so the effects of laser are usually not noticeable. ...Read more

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What can I do to prevent retinal detachment?

What can I do to prevent retinal detachment?

Know your risks: If you are very near sighted, had a retinal detachment in the other eye, and have a family history of retinal detachment, then you are at a high risk. If you have had a recent vitreous separation, and have flashes and floaters, you are also at risk. In both cases, you should be followed by an ophthalmologist closely. ...Read more

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How often does pvd result in retinal detachment?

How often does pvd result in retinal detachment?

Very rarely.: A PVD occurs when the vitreous gel liquefies and collapses. This occurs with aging and happens earlier in patients with severe nearsightedness. Very rarely, a retinal tear and develop during this process, which leads to a retinal detachment. It is common to be followed by an ophthalmologist after developing a PVD to make sure the retina is healthy. ...Read more

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What is the risk of retinal detachment after pvd?

What is the risk of retinal detachment after pvd?

10-15%: The risk of retinal break, tear, or detachment after posterior vitreous detachment (PVD) is thought to be around 10-15%. This is why patients should have a dilated fundus examination if they experience new onset flashes, floaters, or change in vision. ...Read more

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About what percentage of pvd end up with retinal detachment?

About what percentage of pvd end up with retinal detachment?

10-15%: The risk of retinal break, tear, or detachment after posterior vitreous detachment (PVD) is thought to be around 10-15%. This is why patients should have a dilated fundus examination if they experience new onset flashes, floaters, or change in vision. ...Read more

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Is there anyone still who is blind due to retinal detachment?

Yes: It depends on how quickly a retinal detachment is treated (before permanent damage to the vision is done). ...Read more

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Is there anything I could do to help prevent retinal detachment?

Avoid Life: I say "avoid life" because there are so many causes of retinal detachment (rd). Causes include high myopia, trauma, genetic conditions, diabetes, posterior vitreous detachment, etc., so it depends on your situation. If you any visual problems, have a family history of rd, have any other disease assoc with rd or new symptoms of flashes, floaters, or veils or curtains in your vision, get checked! ...Read more

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Why do myopics like me have a greater chance of retinal detachment?

Longer eye: Myopic eyes are usually longer from front to back, so imagine the internal retina as being more stretched and thin and easier to tear and detach. ...Read more

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I'm scared of getting a retinal detachment! How can I prevent this?

I'm scared of getting a retinal detachment! How can I prevent this?

Many ways.: 1. Get regular eye exams with dilation.
2. Know the warning signs of rd including flashes, floaters, curtains, shadows.
3. Ask about family history of rd
4. If you have tears in the retina, get them lasered.
5. Wear protective eyewear for sports, contact sports. ...Read more

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Any advice for someone with vistreous detachment /retinal detachment?

It depends: Vitreous detachment and retinal detachment are two very different entities. A vitreous detachment is an age-related breakdown of the jelly-like gel in the back of the eye. This is a normal process that can lead to floaters. It can also lead to a retinal tear and detachment. A retinal detachment is more ominous and can lead to vison loss. Best advice is to seek care from a retina specialist. ...Read more

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What is involved in retinal cryopexy in the case of retinal detachment?

Cryopexy: Retinal cryopexy usually involves the placement of a local anesthetic followed by a nearly painless application of cold (cryo) that creates an inflamed area to which the detached area adheres. Sometimes, a gas bubble is also used to bring the retina closer to the eye wall. ...Read more

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I've got retinal detachment. Is surgery my only option, as it's quite expensive?

I've got retinal detachment. Is surgery my only option, as it's quite expensive?

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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How long after getting hit in the face would I know if I had a retinal detachment?

See an eye doctor: New or worse flashes or floaters or loss of vision (like a curtain or veil obscuring part of the vision) necessitates an urgent dilated retinal exam. This can happen immediately after a trauma or days, months, years, decades later. Most detachments are spontaneous (not due to trauma). ...Read more

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A shadow now floats around in my field of vision. Is it retinal detachment or tear?

A shadow now floats around in my field of vision. Is it retinal detachment or tear?

Unsure: 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. ...Read more

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What to do if I have retinal detachment, is surgery my only option, it's quite expensive?

Surgery now!: If your retina is detached, time is vision! The sooner your retina is repaired the more likely you are to regain vision lost, or prevent permanent vision loss. Not every detachment is the same. Some retinal detachments can be fixed with an in-office procedure. Don't delay! ...Read more

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Do symptoms of retinal detachment eventually go away or do they remain until after you get surgery?

They can remain: You need to talk to your ophthalmologist to clarify what the issues are related to your eye and if you have a retinal detachment. That's physician can better answer your question. ...Read more

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Can lifting weights cause a retinal detachment? I have very thin retinas and was just wondering if I could lift weights or not?

Can lifting weights cause a retinal detachment? I have very thin retinas and was just wondering if I could lift weights or not?

Retinal damage: Only your ophthalmologist knows for sure. I hope you are seeing a retinal specialist as well to follow your retinal condition. Because yes, in the right circumstances, a retinal detachment could occur with weight lifting. You need to be cleared by your eye doc before embarking on this activity. ...Read more

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What is myopic retinal detachment?

See below: Myopic eyes are longer (axial length) and thus the retina is thinner and potentially more at risk for developing retinal tears and holes that can ultimately lead to retinal detachment. ...Read more

Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
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Retina (Definition)

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Dr. Richard Scartozzi
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Retinal Detachment (Definition)

When the retina peels away from the back part of the eye. This is a serious condition which ...Read more