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Retinal detachment?

I've read up on it a lot and it seems I have a lot of the symptoms. I am freaking out, and worried I might go blind. I haven't been to an eye doctor in a decade. I don't have anyone to go to to have it checked out. Can I go to a regular eye glass store for a check up and have them test me for a retinal detachment? Where can I go for this if it's not there?

I would go there for starters, maybe then they can refer you to a specialist.  (+ info)

retinal detachment?

i have a retinal detachment in one eye i had in both but i had laser surgey and i can see out of one eye but i'm still at risk of losing my retina once you have a retinal detachment you go blind for life but some times even if u have had surgery to stop the detachment ur vision will most likley go after some time i have one friend who had a retnial detachment in one eye and now his retina is falling from the other

I would see a retinal specialist, take vitamins with lutein, and wear sunglasses as much as possible when outdoos to prevent macular degeneration, glaucoma, and other problems with your eyes.  (+ info)

Retinal Detachment?

I know that flashes are a sign of retinal detachment but what do those flashes really look like? Are they subtle or is like like woah who is flashing the lights in the room? What size are they? etc...


I take it you're not experiencing these flashes. If you are follow the advice of the previous responders.

The flashes are usually seen as small peripheral flashes of light when there really are no lights shining. People notice them more easily in the dark. They can be larger and appear as circular-shaped arches in the periphery. They are caused by mechanical stimulation of the rods and cones of the peripheral retina when something pulls on them. The jelly-like substance that fills the back of the eye (called the vitreous) is usually the culprit that is pulling. It's trying to either separate from the retina in the periphery or it remains attached to the retina and actually pulls on it successfully to create a retinal detachment or a retinal tear.

These are not subtle flashes and will usually occur when the head is moving.  (+ info)

What type of accidents can cause retinal detachment in both eyes?

I am writing a story, and I would like to know what accidents (preferably sporting injuries) can lead to sudden permanent blindness in both eyes. The character it happens to, if it makes a difference, is a teenage girl. I have looked into retinal detachment, but that seems to occur over time. This is my first question, so I don't know how this works, but I would love a good answer.

I've had my retina partially detacked and had lazer surgery to correct it. I use to play baseball and softball. Getting hit in the head with balls, bats, all sorts of stuff can cause it. Just really getting hit in the head really hard. It doesn't all tear at once. It takes a long time. I guess unless you get hit like super hard. Several of the times with the batting cage accidents were right on the side of my head and knocked me out cold.  (+ info)

What are the treatment for low eyes pressure after retinal detachment surgery?

My friend's dad had surgery for retinal detachment, then he had some complications. Now his pressure in the eyes are really low, he has to keep taking hormone to keep his eyes pressure. Are there any other treatments for his low eyes pressure? Thanks!
My friend's dad had surgery for retinal detachment, then he had some complications. Now his pressure in the eyes are really low, he has to keep taking hormone or steroids to keep his eyes pressure up. Are there any other treatments for his low eyes pressure comparing to taking steroids? Thanks!

Sometimes surgery is necessary, but usually they put people on Pred Forte, which is an ophthalmic steroid. Sometimes, people's eye pressure goes up when they are on steroids, either systemic or ophthalmic, so they put them on this in hopes that the pressure will go up.  (+ info)

How does it feel when you have surgery with a retinal detachment?

I am 15 years old and I am scared. I got this retinal detachment, the doc. says, by a trama accident when I got hit in the eye 3 months ago. He says he has to cut also the membranes or something like that that is pulling the retina.

you don't feel a thing, they either give you a general anesthesia, so you sleep thru it, or they use numbing agents and again, you can't feel anything.  (+ info)

What happens if you find out your going through retinal detachment?

How will they tell you?
What kind of tests do they take and how?
How long does it take for it to detach?
Does seeing floaters and specs of light ABSOLUTLY meen retinal detachment? If not what else could it meen/be?
Could an 11 year old female get a retinal detachment?
other info is welcomed

A retinal detachment is usually due to a head injury like a car crash, or a football or boxing injury. The symptom is partial or total loss of vision in that eye. An eye specialist can see the problem inside your eye with a special scope. It can be re-attached with laser surgery, but it can become detached again. Floaters and specks of light are not from retinal detachment, but are common in growing teens. But if it's worrying you, see your family doc.  (+ info)

I have a history of Retinal detachment and I am short sighted. Could I still get laser eye treatment?

My family has a history of Retinal detachment and I have had it checked and I will in the future have the same outcome. I will have to have laser in the future to stop it happening, so I won't have to have the surgery. But I also have short sightedness. Do you think I could still meet the criteria to have the laser corrective surgery for short sightedness?

I think you need to be examined by an Ophthalmologist, but likely you'd be a good candidate for your Near-sightedness. Remember, laser vision correction isnt designed to give you perfect vision, but greatly improved would minimize the true visual invalid you currently are! :))  (+ info)

After treatment of retinal detachment, what are the key supplements for eye health?

This is after the eye surgeons have done all they could to help my retinal detachment. I'm just wondering if there are certain vitamins, minerals, or omega acids that I should take in order to help my situation, possibly help my situation and improve my vision.

For general eye health you can probably take a good multivitamin that provides what you may need, but Bausch & Lomb and other companies have put together capsules that support eye health also.

Omega 3, Lutein, Vitamin A, Beta Carotene, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin B2, Zinc, Copper & Bilberry Extract.
Check with your Doctor to make sure it's safe to take any vitamins along with other medications you may be taking.

Best of Luck with your surgery.  (+ info)

How do I ensure I do not get Retinal Detachment?

I am at high risk for retinal detachment because I am very near sighted. I have a -12.50 in each eye., and onnly 21. There is a tiny hole in my retina right now. While I don't box or anything like that, I was wondering if I could still ride roller coasters, and do normal things like jog and such.

You cannot prevent most cases of retinal detachment.

Some eye injuries can damage the retina and cause detachment. You can reduce your risk of these types of injuries if you:

Wear safety glasses when you use a hammer or saw, work with power tools or yard tools such as weed eaters and lawn mowers, or do any activity that might result in small objects flying into your eye.
Wear special sports glasses or goggles during boxing, racquetball, soccer, squash, and other sports in which you might receive a blow to the eye.
Use appropriate safety measures when you use fireworks or firearms.
Diabetes puts you at greater risk for developing diabetic retinopathy, an eye disease that can lead to tractional retinal detachment. If you have diabetes, you can help control and prevent eye problems by having regular eye exams and by keeping your blood sugar levels as close to normal as possible.

Treating a retinal tear can often prevent retinal detachment, but not all tears need treatment. The decision to treat a tear depends on whether the tear is likely to progress to a detachment. For more information,
you should always consult your eye doctor because they know your specific eye condition and can better give you a responsible assessment.  (+ info)

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