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what is the best book about medical retinal diseases?

i mean medium sized book that is easy to understand

Clinical Ophthalmology by Kanski  (+ info)

Why do eye diseases mostly occur in people who wear strong glasses or corrections for many years?

eye diseases like macular degeneration, retinal detachment, and cataracts?

A lot of those conditions are more prone to the elderly, sometimes people with high negative prescriptions (myopes) are more prone to retinal detachments because their eye is more in the shape of an egg than round like average, leaving their retina more prone to damage.  (+ info)

My 13 yr old has branch retinal vein occlusion. Is this linked to any other systemic disease?

My daughter has high cholesterol which doctors believe is the main cause of her disorder. However, it is very uncommon in a child her age. I need help in deciding how to proceed as the public health system here in Trinidad is really inadequate. Is there somewhere that I can go to get international medical assistance with this problem? Right now my daughter is taking painkillers regularly because of bad headaches and eye pain.

hello ,your daughter has high cholesterol levels which indicates a genetic form of hypercholesterolaemia ,this results in cholesterol plaques and emboli to block small blood vessels as in her case the branch retinal vein ,it is a systemic disease and it needs urgent address   (+ info)

Th different diseases that can be detected at early stage by viewing retina or its blood vessels?

The test should be non-intrusive. Th disease should be detected at an early stage. So that the patients can prevent the occurence of such diseases. Any type of retinal images can be used. Just one rule...Th test should be non-intrusive. Please let me know all the diseases detected by using retina.

the main ones are diabetes, carotid occlusive diseases, High blood pressure, and high cholesterol. Looking at your retina is not the test to check for these diseases, but signs found during a dilated eye exam can lead to these diagnoses.  (+ info)

What is Coat's diseases ? Is there any treatment for it?

I would like to know about retinal detachment and is there any treatment for it in the last stage.

Coats’ disease, (also known as exudative retinitis or retinal telangiectasis, sometimes spelled Coates' disease), is a rare eye disorder, causing full or partial blindness, characterized by abnormal development of blood vessels behind the retina. Coats’ usually affects only one eye (unilateral) and occurs predominantly in young males, with the onset of symptoms generally appearing in the first decade of life. The specific cause of Coats’ disease remains unknown. Current research suggests a genetic component contributes to the disease. It is believed one is born with this disease, but Coats’ is not hereditary.

Coats’ disease results in a gradual loss of vision. Blood leaks from the abnormal vessels into the back of the eye, leaving behind cholesterol deposits and damaging the retina. Coats’ normally progresses slowly. At advanced stages, retinal detachment is likely to occur. Glaucoma, atrophy, and cataracts can also develop secondary to Coats’ disease. In some cases, removal of the eye may be necessary (enucleation).


In the early stages, there are a few treatment options. Laser surgery or cryotherapy (freezing) can be used to destroy the abnormal blood vessels, thus halting progression of the disease. However, if the leaking blood vessels are clustered around the optic nerve, this treatment is not recommended as accidental damage to the nerve itself can result in permanent blindness. Coats’ disease may stop progressing all on its own, either temporarily or permanently. Cases have been documented in which the condition even reverses itself. However, once total retinal detachment occurs, sight loss is permanent in most cases. Removal of the eye (enucleation) is an option if pain or further complications arise.-  (+ 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 possible causes of retinal cysts?

Or, is there anyone with personal experience of retinal cysts? Friend of mine has retinal cysts, many in the left eye, 1 or 2 in the right eye. Yes, he's lived in various countries in Africa so parasites are potentially to blame. But, if so, which ones? Is there anything other than parasites that it could be? Cited articles preferred – thanks.

Most retinal cysts are caused by heredity. I really don't know of any other causes. This disorder is called retinoschisis and is predominately found in males.

There is oodles of information of this on the web, some links are:

Some pages cover more than this eye specific disorder so you need to page down to the part labelled retinoschisis.  (+ 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)

Will a cats pupils react to light if they have retinal degeneration?

My cat was recently diagnosed with retinal degeneration. It was brought on by an excessive dosage of Baytril. (prescribed by an ER vet) He seems to have some vision left. He almost seems to have tunnel vision or to be far sighted. His pupils are very large at night and will stay that way, but when he is in natural light they retract back down to normal. Is this a sign that he does still have some vision?

My cat had detached retina and was blind for a few days. During that time his pupils stayed the same size. The Vet was able to prescribe something that restored his sight. We must give it to him every day but we don't mind. You might ask your Vet about that.  (+ 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)

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