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Doctor insights on: Retinal Inflammation

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Symptoms and causes of corneal inflammation or iris inflammation (iritis)?

Symptoms and causes of corneal inflammation or iris inflammation (iritis)?

Ophthalmologist: Only an ophthalmologist is going to be able to sort this out, and pretty easily. Yes, there are literally thousands of causes of these conditions. ...Read more

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Inflammation (Definition)

Inflammation is the body's attempt at self-protection; the aim being to remove harmful stimuli, including damaged cells, irritants, or pathogens - and begin the healing process. Inflammation is part of the complex biological response of vascular tissues to harmful stimuli, such as pathogens, ...Read more


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Is vitreous detachment similar to retinal detachment?

Is vitreous detachment similar to retinal detachment?

Yes: The vitreous jelly that fills the eye and attaches to the back wall of the inside of the eye (the retina) will detach from the retina with age (posterior vitreous detachment). At that time or days/weeks later a retinal tear or detachment may or may not occur as well. The latter conditions require urgent treatment before blindness ensues. A vitreous detachment is not treated. ...Read more

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Causes of retina detachment?

Many possible causes: As we age, the vitreous may pull away from its attachment to the retina at the back of the eye. If the vitreous pulls hard enough to tear the retina in one or more places, fluid may pass through, lifting the retina off the back of the eye, causing it to detach. Some risk factors for detachment are: nearsightedness, trauma to the eye or a family history of retinal detachment. ...Read more

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Progressive macular pucker 20/30 vision, distortion & glaucoma. Visual fIeld good,nerve damage 30-45%.Would vitrectomy cause glaucoma to progress?

Progressive macular pucker 20/30 vision, distortion & glaucoma. Visual fIeld good,nerve damage 30-45%.Would vitrectomy cause glaucoma to progress?

Possible: Vitrectomy and glaucoma may have an association. It is suspected that glaucoma occurs more often in patients who have had vitrectomy and subsequent cataract surgery. An ongoing clinical trial is aimed to answer this question with more clarity. PROVE Study. http://www.aaojournal.org/article/S0161-6420(14)00344-3/references AND https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT01162356 ...Read more

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Can an opthalmologist see retinal tears or vitreous detachment with ophthalmoscope?

Can an opthalmologist see retinal tears or vitreous detachment with ophthalmoscope?

Yes: An ophthalmologist, especially a retina specialist, can see these things with an ophthalmoscope and treat them as appropriate. ...Read more

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If prior retinal tear, risk at 60 of developing a retinal detachment or a posterior vitreous detachment?

If prior retinal tear, risk at 60 of developing a retinal detachment or a posterior vitreous detachment?

See a retina special: You do have a somewhat increased risk of developing a retinal detachment if you've had a retinal tear (even if it was treated), though you should speak to your retina specialist to gauge your true risk based on your exam. Everyone develops posterior vitreous detachments as we age - that is regardless of having had a tear or not. ...Read more

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Retinal tear laser complications?

Retinal tear laser complications?

Low risk procedure: A retinal tear can be surrounded by laser, which helps to prevent retinal detachment. One complication is that the treatment is not adequate, and a detachment happens anyway. There can be some discomfort during the laser procedure, but there is virtually no risk of inflammation, and no risk of infection. It is remotely possible that the laser could be applied to an unintended part of the retina. ...Read more

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Is rhegmatogenous retinal detachment partial?

Depends: Retinal detachments can be rhegmatogenous (due to a retinal tear or hole), tractional (from scar tissue), or serous (from inflammation, tumors, or other causes). All of these can be partial or total in how much of the retina is detached. ...Read more

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Does elevated intraocular pressure cause retinal detachment?

No: These are two unrelated conditions. Elevated pressure in the eye can cause permanent blindness, but does not in any way cause the retina to detach. ...Read more

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Wouldnt pars plana vitrectomy reduce the risk of retinal tears or detachments due to vitreoretinal traction for someone with lattice and vitr degen?

Wouldnt pars plana vitrectomy reduce the risk of retinal tears or detachments due to vitreoretinal traction for someone with lattice and vitr degen?

Yes, but invasive: Your risk of tears or detachment is very low unless you are having flashes and have an enlarging area of lattice containing holes. The usual treatment in this case is laser not vitrectomy as vitrectomy itself carries risk of infection. ...Read more

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What causes retinal tears and detachments?

Age: The vitreous jelly changes as we age and it pulls away from the back of the eye (retina) - a posterior vitreous detachment. During this process, if the jelly pulls hard enough on the retina (especially in a thin or weak area) it can tear the retina which can subsequently detach. Other risk factors include myopia, cataract surgery, head/eye trauma, family history, lattice degeneration, etc. ...Read more

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Can retinal detachment happen without flashes(retinal traction)?

Yes.: Although the flashes usually, not always precede a retinal detachment. Not all flashing lights mean a retinal detachment! ...Read more

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Why do post-cataract surgery retinal detachments occur? Is there some retinal pulling involved from posterior vitreous detachment (pvd)?

Why do post-cataract surgery retinal detachments occur? Is there some retinal pulling involved from posterior vitreous detachment (pvd)?

Destabilization: The natural lens and its supports stabilize the front of the eye and vitreous. Removal of the thick natural lens and substitution with a thin artificial lens, increases the chance for the vitreous to move in ways that can destabilize the attachments of the vitreous over the retina. If there are weak places, this can increase the chance of detachment, even in the best of cataract surgeries. ...Read more

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Does doing a laser retinopexy around areas of lattice degeneration reduce the risk of tractional tears ensuing from posterior vitreous detachment?

Does doing a laser retinopexy around areas of lattice degeneration reduce the risk of tractional tears ensuing from posterior vitreous detachment?

Yes,it should reduce: Yes, the decision for retinopexy is best made by retina subspecialist who can assess whether the degree of lattice ; or the presence of high risk thinning would warrant the risks. Retinopexy creates a tighter bonding so that in event of PVD there is lower likelihood of retinal tears. ...Read more

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When does lattice degeneration progress to retinal detachment?

Sometimes: Lattice degeneration is a condition in which there are atrophic or "thin" areas of the peripheral retina. Occasionally, these areas can tear or form holes. If this occurs , and fluid from the eye goes behind the tear/hole, this can result in a retinal detachment. ...Read more

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What causes retina detachment?

What causes retina detachment?

Many things...: Trauma, retinal tears, genetic predisposition, prematurity, retinal thinning and lattice formation, any type of intraocular surgery, diabetes and more. ...Read more

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Is glaucoma a disease related to optic nerve or aqueous humor?

Is glaucoma a disease related to optic nerve or aqueous humor?

Yes: If the aqueous humor flow is disturbed, usually by some degree of obstruction of the drains inside the eye. then the pressure elevates. This can cause compromise to the nerves and blood vessels at the optic nerve, with loss of vision if not treated. So glaucoma is a disease of the aqueous flow which affects the vision through the optic nerve. ...Read more

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What is fractional retinal detachment secondary to diabetic retinopathy?

What is fractional retinal detachment secondary to diabetic retinopathy?

Detached Retina: It is actually a tractional retinal detachment. When diabetes causes the retinal blood vessels to die, the retina grows new blood vessels that are disorganized and of poor quality. They grow into the gel that fills the eye called the vitreous. This causes the vitreous to contract and pulls the retina off the back to the eye. That is a tractional retinal detachment. It often needs surgery. ...Read more

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Retina (Definition)

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