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Can staring at the sun as a kid (around 8 years ago, I'm 18 now), cause blindness/loss of vision later in life? (I've recently had a digital retinal scan done around 6 months ago and my optometrist said my eyes were perfectly healthy)

Can staring at the sun as a kid (around 8 years ago, I'm 18 now), cause blindness/loss of vision later in life? (I've recently had a digital retinal scan done around 6 months ago and my optometrist said my eyes were perfectly healthy)

Effect is immediate: Your focusing eye elements will concentrate the sunlight and cause a burn if you hold steadily staring at the sun. This is difficult and painful to do and your reflexes will mostly prevent this. If you did not become aware of immediate damage, you will not get damage at a later date. ...Read more

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Dr. Suzanne Galli
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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


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Vision is better in right eye but see colors very slightly darker recent eye exam was completely clean retina scan, dialated pupils test clean normal?

Vision is better in right eye but see colors very slightly darker recent eye exam was completely clean retina scan, dialated pupils test clean normal?

See Eye MD: Be sure you saw an ophthalmologist. Even though the exam is normal, it could be a problem with the optic nerve, which is the cable that connects the eye to the brain. ...Read more

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Oct eye scan shows thin retina. Was all red and yellow. Pressures normal. Vision is great. Can this just be normal for me? Nerves look damaged. 27 yo.

Oct eye scan shows thin retina. Was all red and yellow. Pressures normal. Vision is great. Can this just be normal for me? Nerves look damaged. 27 yo.

Hard to say: OCT is a newer technology so a lot of things are not known about what their findings mean. However, a thinning retina is a cause for worry about what can happen in the future; there are fewer nerve cells left in a thin retina. So even though your vision is fine now, it could lead to blindness. The cause does not seem to be known but just 1 normal pressure reading does not exclude glaucoma. TTYD. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of retinal tearing?

What are symptoms of retinal tearing?

See below: New/worse eye floaters, flashing lights, and/or loss of peripheral vision (like a curtain or veil in one's vision) are symptoms. Rarely it can occur without any symptoms. If you have any of these symptoms, see and eye doctor right away. ...Read more

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How are retinal holes usually treated?

How are retinal holes usually treated?

Retinal holes: Retinal holes can either be observed or lasered. If the retinal hole is low risk, they are observed. If high risk (symptomatic, high near-sightedness, history of prior retinal detachment, etc), then laser should be performed. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a retinal tear?

Visual changes: When the retina tears (usually leading to retinal detachment) you will experience light flashes and streaks even with the eyes shut, large quantities of floaters, a pattern of veins like the veins on a leaf in your view and a greying out of the vision. As it advances the vision drop it is not painful so that is not a clue. If you have any or all of these, you need to see an ophthalmologist pronto. ...Read more

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Could my retinal detatchment be treated?

Could my retinal detatchment be treated?

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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What causes retinal tears and detachments?

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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Why can't I lift if history of retinal tear?

Can get worse: Heavy lifting, bending, or straining can worsen a tear or create new ones in the eye shortly after a tear first forms. Listen to you eye doctor. ...Read more

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What are the possible causes of retinal tears?

What are the possible causes of retinal tears?

Retinal traction: Most retinal rears are caused by traction on the retina by the vitreous gel, sometimes in association with weaknesses in the retina related to high eye nearsightedness, retinal injuries, old retinal scarring, etc. As the eye ages, the vitreous gel naturally liquifies and detatches from the retina, a posterior retinal detachment. Residual areas of traction can cause retinal tears/detachment. ...Read more

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Can you exercise when you have a retinal hole?

Depends: If you have a retinal hole, there is a risk that a detachment of the retina might start at that point. If you know about such a hole, someone must have evaluated you and hopefully advised you of the risks. These are sometimes surrounded with laser hits to attach the retinal well. Some holes are incomplete (requires skilled scleral depression) and may not need treatment. ...Read more

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What is a likely sign that I have a retinal tear?

Flashes and floaters: The warning signs for a retinal tear are flashes of light (like a streak of lightening) and a sudden increase in floaters. This needs to be checked as tears are, relatively, easily treated, retinal detachments are much more involved. Untreated tears can become detachments. ...Read more

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What is a retinal pucker and can it resolve on its own?

What is a retinal pucker and can it resolve on its own?

Vitrectomy : The macula is the central part of the retina that gives us our ability to read and see fine detail. Epiretinal membranes tend to grow over the macula, contract &thus wrinkle our macula. This produces a wrinle in the macula that "puckers" it. Hence the term "macular pucker." vitrectomy surgery removes epiretinal membranes & reduce symptoms in advanced cases, with diminished vision & distortion. ...Read more

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If I do have a retinal tear, is there any way to repair it?

Laser: A tear can be treated in the office with laser (better) or freezing treatment. The purpose of treatment is to lessen the risk of retinal detachment and thus blindness. ...Read more

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How probable is a retinal tear/detachment. Please help me.?

How probable is a retinal tear/detachment. Please help me.?

Fairly rare: Do you have symptoms suggestive of a retinal tear or detachment? If so, get a complete eye exam immediately to rule these out. Symptoms include a new onset of floaters or flashing lights in the vision, a loss of vision, a loss of peripheral vision, a sensation of a curtain coming over the vision, "cobwebs" in the vision, etc. Retinal tears and detachments are otherwise rare but treatable. ...Read more

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What forms of physical exercise are safe for people with retinal problems?

What forms of physical exercise are safe for people with retinal problems?

Quite variable: If you have a retinal detachment than exercise that lead to significant valsalva(abdominal straining) like heavy squats/resistance training or inverted exercises(like hand stands) probably should be avoided. But in the case of macular degeneration exercise is usually encouraged to help to stave of progression. ...Read more