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Doctor insights on: What Causes Your Depth Perception To Be Off After A Vitrectomy For A Detached Retina

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What causes your depth perception to be off after a vitrectomy for a detached retina?

What causes your depth perception to be off after a vitrectomy for a detached retina?

Re-calibration: A vitrectomy removes some of the vitreous humor from the eye. Light goes thru this and is refracted in a particular manner. After vitrectomy, the amount of vitreous is different and your eye, optic nerve and brain have to re-calibrate the incoming light information and the response to it from the brain. Change requires time for adaptation. ...Read more

Dr. Richard Scartozzi
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Vitrectomy (Definition)

A vitrectomy operation is a microsurgical procedure performed under a microscope in which the retinal surgeon removes vitreous gel from the back of the eye. A tiny cutting instrument is used as well as a fiberoptic light.. A variety of other instruments, such as a laser may be used, depending on the circumstances. The operation is usually performed under local ...Read more


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I have kaleidescope vision. I'm wondering if it may be a detached retina. I've had a victrectomy. Eye gell replacmnt. Retina tears- fixed w/ laser surg

I have kaleidescope vision. I'm wondering if it may be a detached retina. I've had a victrectomy. Eye gell replacmnt. Retina tears- fixed w/ laser surg

New?: Needs evaluation, it may be from retinal changes but sounds as if maybe a cataract is also a possibility. See your ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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Recovery time after retinal detachment surgery? Procedure: vitrectomy

3-8 weeks.: Although less common, a short acting gas bubble in a relatively simple detachment can facilitate a shorter period of face down positioning. Surgeons use gases with different rates of absorption for this purpose. Usually drops continue for between two and four weeks, depending on situation. Finally, silicon oil can be used and no positioning at all is required but the oil must be removed. ...Read more

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How long until you read after a retinal detachment surgery? Surgery : vitrectomy

How long until you read after a retinal detachment surgery? Surgery : vitrectomy

1-8 weeks.: Although less common, a short acting gas bubble in a relatively simple detachment can facilitate a shorter period of face down positioning. Silicon oil can be used instead of gas and no positioning at all is required but the oil must be removed. While face down, you can use your other eye to read. ...Read more

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When will I be able to read after a retinal detachment surgery? Procedure : vitrectomy

Depends!: On how extensive the retinal detachment and repair was. Your reading vision may never return, but if all goes well you should start seeing better and possibly be able toread with that eye 45-90 days following the surgery. It may be longer, and you may need subsequent surgeries as well (cataract). ...Read more

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Vitrectomy eye surgery if macula hole retinal detachment?

Vitrectomy eye surgery if macula hole retinal detachment?

Yes: Most common procedure to repair a retinal detachment resulting from a macular hole is a vitrectomy (remove the fluids from the back of the eyeball), replace it with a gas, and position the patient face down for some period of time (sometimes weeks) to allow the hole to close and the detachment to resolve. Most macular holes do not cause a detached retina, but many require a similar operation. ...Read more

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How long does it take to recover from a vitrectomy eye operation for retinal detachment?

How long does it take to recover from a vitrectomy eye operation for retinal detachment?

Depends: Depending on preoperative risk factors, it can take weeks to months for vision to recover after vitrectomy. Pain usually takes 1-4 weeks to resolve completely. Drops are usually continued for months depending on preop factors. More info: [email protected] Com ...Read more

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3weeks post op for vitrectomy with gas bubble due to retinal detachment. Is it better to be active and use the eye for bubble to reabsorb?

3weeks post op for vitrectomy with gas bubble due to retinal detachment. Is it better to be active and use the eye for bubble to reabsorb?

No: Follow your eye surgeon's recommendations. Often maintaining a certain position, such as face down, or sleeping on the right side, is important to keep the gas bubble in contact with the area of the retina where the detachment occurred. Moving too much early in the healing phase could case your retina to re-detach. ...Read more

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Can too much computer work cause a detached retina?

Can too much computer work cause a detached retina?

Not likely: Computer use may cause eye strain, but it should not lead to retinal detachment. ...Read more

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Can Armour Thyroid cause detached retina?

Can Armour Thyroid cause detached retina?

No: No thyroid supplements of any kind do not cause detached retina.
Armour thyroid is a dessicated thyroid extract not usually favored by endocrinologists. ...Read more

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Is there any medication that can cause a detached retina or torn calf muscle?

Is there any medication that can cause a detached retina or torn calf muscle?

None: These are mechanical and structural events usually preceded by straining or anatomical problems. No medication will cause them but some can ease the pain. ...Read more

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Hello my dad just had surgery for a detached retina I have a physical disability, when he recovers can he lift me or will it cause more damage to eye?

Hello my dad just had surgery for a detached retina I have a physical disability, when he recovers can he lift me or will it cause more damage to eye?

Depends: The surgery will re-attach the retina, usually very strongly. Was the detachment spontaneous or related to other surgery on the eye, trauma or diabetes. These may alter the risk of strain from lifting. Check with the retinal surgeon about when this will be safe. ...Read more

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Can laser eye surgery cause a detached retina weeks later?

Can laser eye surgery cause a detached retina weeks later?

Hole in Retina: An rd is usually caused by a hole or tear in the retina or from membranes pulling on the retina. If you are referring to an rd after lasik, it is possible that distortion of the globe during surgery can cause a detachment, but it is unlikely. You should immediately see an eye md if you have symptoms. ...Read more

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I've been getting regular check ups with my eye doctor and my eyes seem fine. Can reading or studying a lot cause a detached retina?

I've been getting regular check ups with my eye doctor and my eyes seem fine. Can reading or studying a lot cause a detached retina?

No: Using your eyes to read and study does not increase your chance for retinal detachment. Generic disorders, severe myopia, injury, eye surgery, and probably smoking are among some of the risk factors. ...Read more

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How much time could a person have a detached retina before noticing that they had?

It varies: It could be as little as hours. If a person does not cover their "good" eye, they may never notice that the "bad" eye has a retinal detachment/vision changes. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about surgery for a detached retina?

Can you tell me about surgery for a detached retina?

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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Can you give me more info on a detached retina surgery?

Can you give me more info on a detached retina 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 to do if I had a detached retina can I horse ride?

Yes: Once fully recovered from surgery, horse riding should not be a problem in general. Some retinologist may recommend refraining from horse riding for specific reasons. ...Read more

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Can alcohol affect the healing of surgery for detached retina?

Can alcohol affect the healing of surgery for detached retina?

Yes: Retinal detachment is a very serious condition and surgery to repair it requires that you take very good care of yourself while it heals. Both smoking and alcohol have been demonstrated to increase the risk for retinal damage in patients with other risk factors. I suggest you avoid both while recovering and until your retinal surgeon gives the OK. ...Read more

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Can you have floaters in your vision and not have a detached retina?

Can you have floaters in your vision and not have a detached retina?

Yes, Get seen: Floaters are a common symptom suggesting that the vitreous gel is liquefying- an age related process. If you have flashing lights and or vision loss, you should be evaluated by an ophthalmologist within 48 hours of developing symptoms of a posterior vitreous detachment ...Read more

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Is the gas bubble method effective in reattaching a detached retina?

Very: Use of a gas bubble to help reattach a detached retina is a common and effective technique. It can be used alone as in a pneumatic retinopexy or along with another surgery called a vitrectomy. So, yes, the gas bubble method is effective as a technique to attach the retina. ...Read more

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What color are the flashing lights from detached retina--orange or yellow?

What color are the flashing lights from detached retina--orange or yellow?

Interesting question: Flashing lights from a vitreous traction which might lead to a retinal tear or detachment are usually described as white. Orange or red floaters (some describe flashes) may actually be blood from a ruptured vessel due to the traction. The flashes do not necessarily mean you are going to get a detachment. But get an exam! ...Read more

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Is it ever the case that the doctor is unable to reattach a detached retina?

It is uncommon: In a small percentage of cases, such as long-standing retinal detachments, excessive scarring, or in eyes that have had multiple surgeries, it may not be possible to reattach a detached retina. In most cases, the surgery is successful. ...Read more

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My regular opthalmologist won't refer me to retina specialist. I think I have detached retina?

My regular opthalmologist won't refer me to retina specialist. I think I have detached retina?

Detachment unlikely: Ophthalmologists are well trained to detect detachment and are very sensitive as to this possiblity because this is not a condition to be wrong about. Is there something in your family history that makes this more likely? Have you had the classic symptoms: light flashing, floaters, greying of vision, traumatic history? I would guess you do not have a detachment. Second opinion? ...Read more

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Is it normal to have a cataract on your eye when having a detached retina?

Is it normal to have a cataract on your eye when having a detached retina?

Perhaps: Some techniques used to repair a detached retina can lead to premature cataract. An example surgery is a pars plana vitrectomy where the jelly pulling on the retina (vitreous) is removed from inside the eye. While removing the vitreous may speed up cataract development, we accept this occurence as without an atrached retina, the eye does not see. Cataract surgery may be needed down the road. ...Read more

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If I had a detached retina, would an eye doctor see it?

If I had a detached retina, would an eye doctor see it?

Dilated exam: Yes, a dilated exam of the retina by a qualified ophthalmologist can diagnose the condition. If there is any question, see a retina specialist. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about detached retina?

Yes.: It is a very bad diagnosis. It could lead to blindness. It can be repaired if detected in time. It can be detected by a dilated retinal examination of the eyes. ...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


Dr. James Krick
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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