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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

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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How does one get retinal detachment from boxing.?

How does one get retinal detachment from boxing.?

Blunt force trauma: Is not good for you, including your eyes. The blow to the head causes such violent movement of the head that the retina tears leading to detachment. ...Read more

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What type of accidents can cause retinal detachment?

What type of accidents can cause retinal detachment?

Sudden acceleration: Any sudden acceleration or deceleration of the head or significant change in intraocular pressure or penetration of the globe can cause retinal detachment. ...Read more

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What's a way to ensure I do not get retinal detachment?

What's a way to ensure I do not get retinal detachment?

Begin with retinal: Exam so that your retinal specialist can locate any existing retinal breaks or tears and also lattice. Lattice degeneration is a common finding in many usually nearsighted patients. If there is a tear then have it lasered. Make sure that you see the eye specialist at whatever interval is recommended. Know the warning signs of retinal detachment (flashes, floaters, curtain, shadow). ...Read more

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Does retinal detachment come with really obvious symptoms?

Usually: The most common symptoms of retinal detachment include a large amount of flaoters or flashes of light that do not improve over a few hours, as well as decreased vision. Occasionally, a small detachment can occur far enough in the periphery of the eye to cause you not to have classical symptoms and possibly think you simply have a new floater. ...Read more

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Can you exercise if you are at risk of a retinal detachment?

Can you exercise if you are at risk of a retinal detachment?

Depends on Risk: If you are at risk because you are nearsighted, then yes, you can exercise. If you are at risk because you have had multiple retinal tears, then I would be more cautious because movement of the vitreous gel could exert tractional force on the retina. Get examined by a retina specialist and ask for clearance to work out before proceeding. Hope this helps. Good luck. ...Read more

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Why retinal detachment causes curtain effect from top down of vision?

Location: The visual defect produced by a retinal detachment depends on the location of the detachment ...Read more

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If tear had progressed to retinal detachment would it become a constant loss?

If tear had progressed to retinal detachment would it become a constant loss?

Yes: 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 painless, progressive loss or greying; 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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Question regarding retinal detachment. What is it and what can I do about it?

Question regarding retinal detachment. What is it and what can I do about it?

Get evaluated.: When the retinal layer peels away from the eye wall (like wall paper), it is detached. When the retina separates like this vision is impaired. This is caused usually by a hole or tear in the retina. Symptoms of an rd are painless vision loss, flashing lights, and floaters. You should immediately seek an evaluation from an ophthalmologist for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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With retinal detachment do the signs have to be constant and completely obvious?

Typically yes!: If the retina is detached, the curtain/black area where the retina is detached is constant. Associated symptoms such as flashes and floaters can be variable. Typically if you have a retinal detachment it is obvious and you are aware of there being a problem, but not always (if it is very small and in the far periphery, and usually a nasal defect it may not be obvious). ...Read more

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Can you tell me in my vision. What are the chances that I will have a retinal detachment?

Can you tell me in my vision. What are the chances that I will have a retinal detachment?

Chance of detachment: Hi. By checking vision alone, no one can tell you about your chances of retinal detachment.

You need a complete anterior and posterior eye examination.

Dr. C ...Read more

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How rare is a retinal detachment or tear? I'm only 18 and terrifed incase this ever happens to me

Do not worry: You are young if you do not have any risk factor then you should relax. Risk factors: family history, high myopia, lattice degeneration, eye trauma, prior eye surgery. Symptoms: floaters, flashes of light and lost of peripheral vision. If the person examined and treated on time there is less issue with loss of vision ...Read more

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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

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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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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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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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What is myopic retinal detachment?

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

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What is retinal detachment surgery?

What is retinal detachment surgery?

Reposition Retina: Repairing a retinal detachment involves use of specialized techniques to either remove scar tissue causing a tractional elevation of retina or to close a hole and drain subretinal fluid. The later is the more common occurrence. Retinal surgeons frequently use in-office procedures such as laser w/ gas bubble injection or operative surgery with vitrectomy and/or buckle to reattach the retina. ...Read more

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Can retinal detachment be prevented?

Not easily: Retinal detachment is a consequence of the susceptibility of the eye and underlying disease. High myopes and diabetics are at risk and trauma and eye surgery are commonly involved. Many however, are spontaneous with no apparent underpinnings. Good diabetic control helps; avoidance of trauma can help. Best however is to recognize the symptoms and seek help when it is likely. ...Read more

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Can retinal detachment/tear be genetic?

Can retinal detachment/tear be genetic?

Having a family: Member (first degree relative) with retinal detachment slightly increases risk for retinal detachment. Know the symptoms: increased floaters, flashes of light, curtain blocking edges of vision. ...Read more

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What is retinal detachment surgery like?

What is retinal detachment surgery like?

Several options: A detached retina can be treated in several ways.

--laser treatment
--pneumatic retinopexy
--scleral buckle
--vitrectomy

the above are usually the mainstays of treatment. It depends on surgeon/patient/type of detachment on which method is chosen. ...Read more

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How risky is a retinal detachment surgery?

Depends: No surgery is without risk, but most do fine. The bigger risk is not getting it done if indeed you have a retinal detachment - then you really are risking blindness. ...Read more

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How effective is retinal detachment surgery?

How effective is retinal detachment surgery?

Very: Modern methods allow for re-attachment of the retina in greater than 90% of cases, though it may take more than one procedure. If the macula (central retina) is originally detached however, vision may be permanently damaged even if the retina is re-attached. ...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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Is retinal detachment surgery a permanent cure?

Possibly: Scleral buckle and vitrectomy are two surgeries that can result in long term stabilization of the retina. In many patients, this is a permanent cure. Retinal re-detachment can occur and requires repeat surgery 5-15% of the time. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for a retinal detachment?

Depends: Depends on the extent of the retinal detachment. Sometimes treatment is done in the office with laser, freezing treatment (cryoretinopexy), and/or gas injection. Sometimes treatment is done in the operating room with vitrectomy, scleral buckle, and/or gas/oil bubble injection. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about retinal detachment surgery?

Can you tell me about retinal detachment surgery?

Several options: A detached retina can be treated in several ways.

--laser treatment
--pneumatic retinopexy
--scleral buckle
--vitrectomy

the above are usually the mainstays of treatment. It depends on surgeon/patient/type of detachment on which method is chosen. ...Read more

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What's involved with a retinal detachment surgery?

What's involved with a retinal detachment surgery?

Outpatient Surgery: A retinal detachment can be repaired two ways. First, via an in-office procedure called a pneumatic retinopexy, and second, a more involved outpatient surgery employing a vitrectomy and/or scleral buckle. The first type is suited for a certain type of detachment that can be repaired with laser or a freezing treatment and a gas bubble injection, whereas the second type is done in the operating room. ...Read more

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How long is recovery for retinal detachment surgery?

Retinal detachment: This is individual and depends on how much of the retina was detached, and the time interval of the duration of the detachment, and the type of surgical repair. The retinal surgeon who did the repair can best answer your question. ...Read more

Weight Lifting (Definition)

Weight lifting refers to the activity of lifting weights, or using resistance bands, pulley systems, or similar resistance apparatus to increase muscle mass or to tone the body. This can either be done competitively or as a ...Read more


Dr. Shari Jackson
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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