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What is the process of laser photocoagulaton that a opthamologist does for retinal tears?

I went to my optamologist to checkup on floaters in my field of vision. He found that I have a retinal tear in my left eye. He told me that he would need to see me on Friday to seal the tear with a laser. I've never had any surgery like this done. Has anyone gone through this? What is the process like and what does it entail? How do you keep your eyes open and without blinking? Is there any pain experienced?

Laser photocoagulation is done for bleeding. If the tear includes a little hemorrage, that's possible. Usually they will perform a barrier laser or something like that. These are both similar, so I'll tell you what will happen...
First you'll get some eye drops, numbing and possibly an antibiotic (doubtful). Then, depending on the type of laser and size of tear, you may need a shot to numb the eye. This sounds terrible, but it's not that bad. The doctor will insert the needle through your lower lid and get the medicine behind the eye, this is know as a retrobulbar block. This also keeps the eye from moving. Then he will place a large contact lens on the eye to focus the laser beam, you will not feel this. The laser will be performed (if you've had the shot you will feel nothing, if just the drops you may have dull pain) and he will give you post-operative instrucitons. Sometimes you have to position yourself a certain way to keep the retina attached. If the tear was too severe they can also do a pneumatic retinopexy which is where they inject a gas into the eye to create a bubble and when the bubble touches the retina it moves the fluid out from behind the tear where it is not supposed to be. That's not as bad as it sounds either.

You'll be fine, just breathe!  (+ info)

I had a postpartum hemorrhage with my first child, what are the chances of it happening again?

I had a baby 4 months ago, and had a postpartum hemorrhage. It was really severe, and had to have 2 blood transfusions and 2 surgerys, I almost lost my life because of it. I really want to have another baby some day, what are my chances of this happening again?

If they used pitocin to augment your labor it could have caused the hemorrhage.

If it happened during a natural labor (no drugs whatsoever) then I would think you would be at risk.

Most hospital births cause more problems than they solve. Find out the cause of the problem and try to prevent it. Inform yourself and settle for nothing short of the best care for you next time.  (+ info)

What are the chances of having postpartum hemorrhage in future pregnancies?

After 4 weeks of delivery I got postpartum hemorrhage and now I am really afraid of getting pregnant again. Can anyone help me that what are the chances of getting postpartum hemorrhage in future pregnancies after having it once?

you may want to check a site like Cafe Mom where there are plenty of women to help you with this question. possibly someone who's had the same problem after delivery.  (+ info)

How serious is retinal degeneration problem?

I am 37 yrs old. I have been using glasses for the past 25 years. I have -6 in left eye and -4 in right eye for the past 20 years.. I had retina check up all these days. Suddenly this time my doctor said my power has increased and I have retinal degeneration and I have to be on observation. What care I need to take? Can any one suggest me how to reduce retinal degeneration? How serious is this problem?

Keep an eye on it. No pun intended. Have your sugar checked by your regular doctor, could lead to diabetic retinopathy, and sometime this retinal degeneration. leads to a detached retina. I would say your doctor is on top of this and I would follow his advice. He and your regular doctor can keep this under control.
Beautiful answer by Nitu Ram D!!  (+ 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 am VERY myopic and have already had 2 retinal tears. How often should I see my eye doctor?

The retinal tears were minor, but they were treated with laser nonetheless.

Last time (the follow-up appointment), my eye doc told me I am undergoing a "posterior vitreous detachment," and during that process these two tiny tears developed. My retinas are okay now, but how often should I go see my eye doc now?

I am severely myopic at -10 and -12. I wear rigid contact lenses.


You should see your eye doctor as often as he or she said to :P
Your ophthalmologist (the one who did the lasering) will tell you when (or if) they want to see you back. Often, after correcting the immediate problem, they will refer you back to your original optometrist for routine followup and monitoring. Of course, they will see you again if another tear or other problem occurs.
Barring that, typically people with this sort of retinal problem are seen every year for a dilated exam. If you're at higher risk for some reason (for example, if there was a suspicious area of retina the last time) you might return in six months or sooner. But the routine tends to be yearly.  (+ 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)

Subconjunctival hemorrhage - How fast should your eye get red?

Three days ago I woke up with a small portion of the white of my eye bloodshot. I assume this is Subconjunctival hemorrhage, but I have never had it before this incident. My question is, how fast does your eye get red? Should it happen immediately? My redness has stayed the same during the day, but each day since when I wake up there is more of it, so it appears to be happening overnight (three days running now).

Is it bloodshot, meaning lots of big looking red vessels, or is there a patch of red, like a pool of blood? If it's a patch, it's a subconjunctival hemorrhage and it can spread over the eye and then eventually thin out and reabsorb. Generally it will run it's course within 7 to 10 days. If it's just bloodshot, it's something different. In either case, you should probably see your doctor for clarification and any necessary treatment.  (+ info)

Im 11 weeks pregnant, plan on having abortion but I have a hemorrhage What are the risks of having the abortio?

Im scared to have the abortion because i have a hemorrhage on the lining of my uterus. What are the risks involved with having the abortion?

don't let these people bother you by calling you names. they do not know your situation and they have not walked in your shoes. they show their ignorance by the things that they say. you do not owe ANYONE an explanation and certainly no anonymous coward on the internet. I can promise you that each of them have skeletons in their own closets that others would gladly crucify them for. U don't need to worry about safety. It is completely safe-safer than childbirth. they DO NOT suck the fetus out in pieces either-not at that early stage. I guess ignorance is bliss for some of these people. At the stage you are in it is just like having a heavy period. That is all. Talk to your DOCTOR if you are concerned. DO NOT rely on scare tactics from people who have no information to start with.  (+ 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)

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