Must I call my doctor or ambulance if I have retinal detachment?

See EyeMD. See your ophthalmologist asap to diagnose an rd if you have symptoms of flashing lights, floaters, and vision loss. If you have other ways of getting to the doctor, an ambulance isn't necessary.
Eye Doctor. Ambulance not helpful or necessary for a retinal detachment evlaution. Call your ophthalmologist, or if you don't have one, get a referral from your primary medical doctor or the closest emergency room. You can usually be seen as an office patient, within a short time, if you explain your symptoms to the receptionist or office nurse. You may be referred to a vitreoretinal specialist if you have rd.

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If I have retinal detachment symptoms and am going to the doctor tomorrow, will conditions worsen by then?

Depends. If the macula (central part of your retina where most of your central vision comes from) is off already, then it won't matter much at all. If the macula is still on but it comes off by tomorrow, then yes conditions can worsen. Bottom line is, that question is unanswerable, unless we know the status and type of retinal detachment.
Unclear. Need to know whether you have an rd or just suggestive symptoms to give the best answer. If you really have an rd, best to get seen asap, since conditions can worsen overnight.

If I got to the eye doctor how will they test me if I have retinal detachment?

An ophthalmologist. If you go to an ophthalmologist as opposed to an optometrist, they will most likely dilate your eyes for a thorough exam which will rule out a retinal detachment among other things. But please ask that they do so.
Get Seen. Signs of rd are those seen by examining eye doctor during a dilated examination: subretinal fluid, retinal tear, pigment cells in vitreous, and pvd. The symptoms that a patient experiences are progressive loss 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.

Can moderate macular pucker cause retinal detachment? Is that what doctor checks for on follow-up exams.

Check for swelling. Of the retina and for worsening of vision. The pucker can wrinkle the underlying retina and cause cysts within it. If there is significant swelling, visual distortion, retinal disruption, then its a surgical treatment at that point. The pucker can stay unchanged for a long time or progress slowly but hard to predict. Good luck.

How does a doctor know whether someone has a retinal detachment over the phone?

Symptoms. Careful questioning of the patients symptoms, asking about new floaters in the vision, whether or not flashes of light are seen, and if there is any loss of peripheral vision can give a doctor a reasonably good idea about whether there is a retinal detachment, or not. The only way to know for sure, though, is with a thorough dilated retinal examination.
Not really. The symptoms described over the phone such as flashing lights, floaters, and vision loss, and the patient's history may suggest the diagnosis, but the only way to know is to get a dilated examination.

If high myopia (near -7) and floaters (flashers once but doc cleared me) w/ no history of retinal detachment, is it safe to ride rollercoasters/waterslides, or does this increase risk of it happening?

Maybe. There are a few things that increase the risk of retinal detachment, like smoking, diabetes, past eye surgery and yes, myopia. But it's really hard to predict who will get it. Your eye doctor can discuss this with you since you are unique and so, your risks. But if he/she tells you you have a low to moderate risk then have fun, but like most things, don't overdo it.
Some risk. High myopia is associated with a higher risk of retinal detachment than normal. Any sudden impact can increase that risk. It's not high risk, but it is your eye. Been there.
Enjoy your life! There is some debate that rapid acceleration or deceleration may increase the risk of retinal detachment. My opinions is that it does not. What is more important is to recognize symptoms of a problem, ie flashing lights, new floaters, or a curtain or shadow obstructing vision.

Is retinal detachment surgery a permanent cure? I am a 35-year-old male. I received bad news from my eye doctor a couple of weeks ago. It seems that I have a small retinal detachment. I also have advanced myopia. I am scheduled for a retinal detachment su

First--you. First--you should ask your retina specialist what his incidence of recurrence is. Statistically recurrent detachments are rare, but you have no choice here---get it fixed and then have regular check ups in the future to head any issues off at the pass.
Hello, People. Hello, people with high myopia have thin and stretched retinas and are at greater risk for retinal detachment. You will need to have prophylactic laser if you are found to have any holes or tears in the retina in your good eye if you have already developed retinal detachment. Therefore, you will need regular follow up with dilated exams and scleral depression to help you prevent retinal detachment and any vision loss. Make sure you are aware of the symptoms (flashes, floaters, curtains) and see your doctor right away for treatment. Hope it helps! Sincerely, irina ganelis, M.D. http://losangeleseyeinstitute. Com.
Patients. Patients with high myopia are at greater risk for retinal tear and detachement. When this is noted, it must be treated immediately. This does not prevent you from developing another tear or detachement in other areas of your retina in the future.
It can be. The success rate of retinal detachment surgery is pretty good. However, redetachments can occur even with successful surgery so it is important that you follow with your surgeon after the surgery and get regular exams.