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How to know if I have a detached/torn retina?

How to know if I have a detached/torn retina?

Symptoms: Retinal detachment (rd) commonly causes flashing lights in the vision, scores of floaters and rapid changes in the vision. It is almost always in one eye only. Risk factors include higher degrees of myopia, trauma, intraocular surgery and conditions like diabetes. If you have any of these symptoms, see your ophthalmologist for evaluation. ...Read more

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Dr. Oscar Novick
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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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Symptoms of torn retina?

Flashes and floaters: Typically patients will note flashing lights particularly at night. They may also note floating 'specks' in their vision caused by loose bits of the vitreous gel at the back of the eye. Some may note a curtain over a peripheral part of the vision. All these call for an immediate dilated eye exam by an ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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What is torn retina?

Flap in back of eye: The retina is the layer of cells that coat the back of your eye and collect light to allow you to see. When the retina becomes torn the layer is elevated off of its attachments to the eye. Please see your doctor to see if you can have this surgically corrected. ...Read more

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I have a torn retina. Can i sit in a sauna or will that cause it to worsen?

I have a torn retina. Can i sit in a sauna or will that cause it to worsen?

Most likely.: It is best to confirm your specific recommendations with your retina specialist or ophthalmologist who diagnosed or treated your condition. If the condition was stable or treated from prior exams, you most likely are ok from sauna use, but in general use caution to avoid any sudden force on the eyes, any significant shaking of the head or eyes, and any rubbing of the eyes. ...Read more

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An optometrist is capable of detecting a torn retina, right?

An optometrist is capable of detecting a torn retina, right?

Maybe: Depends on the skill set of your optometrist..and the skill set varies with each optometrist. To examine the peripheral retina and identify a retinal break requires a higher level of ophthalmoscopic skill than most eye examiners exhibit (inclulding comprehensive ophthalmologists). In general, based on the ophthalmoscopic skills of the average practictioner we would expect ~40% miss rate for ODs ...Read more

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3 weeks out cataract surgery. First, blurry vision, droopy eyelid, & now torn retina. Can it all be repaired? What does it involve?

3 weeks out cataract surgery.  First, blurry vision, droopy eyelid, & now torn retina.  Can it all be repaired? What does it involve?

Yes: Surgery can repair the droopy eyelid as well as the torn retina. It depends on what is causing the droopy eyelid to determine what treatment works the best. Also, depends on how much of the retina is detached to determine what treatment works the best and what the vision prognosis is. Your ophthalmologist will be able to help you. Good luck! ...Read more

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Can an optometrist detect a torn or detached retina when she dilates my eyes for the exam?

Can an  optometrist detect a torn or detached retina when she dilates my eyes for the exam?

Most likely: If you feel that they or any eye doctor can not for some reason, then you could get a second opinion with a retina specialist. ...Read more

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