Know your risks. If you are very near sighted, had a retinal detachment in the other eye, and have a family history of retinal detachment, then you are at a high risk. If you have had a recent vitreous separation, and have flashes and floaters, you are also at risk. In both cases, you should be followed by an ophthalmologist closely.
Retianl detachment. There is not much/anything you can do to prevent retinal detachment. Except possibly avoid trauma to the head or eye (still uncommon with trauma). Risk factors for people more likely to have a retinal detachment are very near sighted people, family history, surgery to the eye, some genetic conditions (marfan's syndrome). Follow regularly as recommended by your ophthalmologist.
Combined treatment. You need ongoing follow-up with a conventional ophthalmologist for this one. But you're also asking about constitutional treatment with homeopathy for a chronic condition. There are some remedies known for helping with retinal detachment -- such as gelsemium. For best selection in your own case, I suggest working with an experienced classical homeopath to investigate and treat your whole state.
Can homeopathy help to prevent retinal detachment or does it provide only symptomatic relief to flashes and floaters?
No substance. Can prevent a retinal detachment. You need to treat the underlying cause diabetic retinopathy for example. I have had patients who have taken homeopathic remedies for floaters, but guess what! , on exam they were still present.
Neither! I am a retinal specialist practicing for 15 years now and seeing only patients with retinal problems. I have never seen nor even heard about any evidence that there are homeopathic remedies for retinal detachment, flashes, or floaters. I strongly believe that any affects that occur may be random or due to placebo effect. This is not conspiracy against homeopathy. If it worked, we'd use it too!
Not really. See your retina specialist and follow their advice. Occasionally prophylactic laser of any retinal holes or areas of thin retina (lattice degeneration) can be done. The most important thing is to get prompt treatment if you have new symptoms: new/worse floaters, flashing lights, and/or peripheral visual loss.
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!
Eye exam. Retinal detachments usually occur in from a vitreous detachment with secondary tear in the retina. The vitreous fills the eye. It is a jelly like substance that tends to shrink and separate from the retinal wall as we age. Sometimes the vitreous will tug on the wall of the retina causing a tear in the retina. If left untreated (usually with laser), the tear may cause a retinal detachment.
Many ways.. 1. Get regular eye exams with dilation. 2. Know the warning signs of rd including flashes, floaters, curtains, shadows. 3. Ask about family history of rd 4. If you have tears in the retina, get them lasered. 5. Wear protective eyewear for sports, contact sports.
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.
Retinal detachment. Perhaps. Retinal detachment due to trauma may be prevented with safety glasses at home and at work. Retinal detachment due to inherited myopia often cannot be prevented.
None really. Most retinal detachments are related to abnormal ocular structures or attachments to the retina. There are no exercises effective to reduce this risk. The best bet is to have a dilated eye exam to find any potential weak spots and know the symptoms of retinal tear or detachment: flashing lights, floaters and loss of side vision.
None. Dilated retinal exam for problem areas is the best prevention. Weak areas, tears, small detachments of the retina can be treated. Trauma during exercise can actually lead to a vitreous separation and eventually a detachment.
None. Exercise cannot prevent retinal detachment. If you are nearsighted or have a family history of retinal detachment, you should be regularly examined by a retina specialist. Another key is to be aware of the symptoms of retinal detachment, which are flashing lights, floaters, and loss of vision. If these occur, see a retina specialist immediately.