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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)

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)

How long until Corneal Neovascularization gets better?

I know after a while, the blood in the vessels goes away and ghost vessels are left behind. What I don't know his how long that takes.

It varies from person to person. It just depends on how rapidly your body heals. Some people heal more rapidly than others. It could last days, it could last weeks. There is no set pace at which the cornea heals.

Ophthalmic Technician  (+ info)

How risky is retinal detachment surgery?

im 11 years old ( PLEASE dont report me for being under age) How risky is a retinal detachment surgery?
im asking this because I am lately experiencing floaters and specs of light in my vision. I am very worried my retinal is becoming detached. other info is welcomed thx

If you are not myopic, and especially if you are not a severe myope, like you don't wear glasses with thick lenses, then you should not worry.
Get your eyes checked up by an ophthalmologist to rule out any major problems. But the causes of floaters or the specs of light are usually benign, meaning nothing serious.
If one or both of your eyes are undergoing detachment, your vision loss would usually be total in max a couple of weeks, usually a few days. So if you don't see any vision loss then there is not much to worry about.  (+ info)

The seriousness of retinal detachment and how are high myopians prone to get it?

I'm a high myopian.( short sightedness) My one eye is -6 and the other one is -4.5. I'm 20. Retinal detachment is in my family history too. ( An uncle of mine had got it when he was around 50)

!. Am i prone to get retinal detachment?

2. how often should i get my eyes checked?

3. What are the cures for it if i get it?

4. Do they have any side effects?


Hi. I work as an RN for five retinal surgeons and periodically check questions regarding the retina. Because you have myopia your eye is longer and retina is thinner and more fragile than normal and therefore more prone to detachments and tears. Being that you have a family history of detachments, this also increases your risk. We have treated patients as young as fourteen for a retinal detachment so while it is not common at a young age, severe myopia with a family history can definetly increase your risk. I would recommend getting an eye exam every 6 months to a year. The biggest symptoms to watch out for are floaters and lightening flashes of light that occur mostly at night. If a retinal detachment does occur do not worry, you will not go blind if it is caught early enough. With someone who is aware enough of the risks to your retina that you took the time to post this question, you sound responsible enough to get your eye examined and watch for signs and symptoms so that you detect things early. If a retina detaches and stays detached for long periods of time, it can pull off the macula which is responsible for the central vision in your eyes and that can definetly cause a loss of vision that is usually irreparable even with surgery. If the retina detaches and is caught before the macula comes off, there are many procedures we can do to treat it depending on the severity of the detachment. Laser in the office can be done if it's a tear and it's basically using heat to seal it back down. We can also do a treatment called pneumatic retinopexy which is where we inject sf6 gas into the eye with a needle which creates an air bubble that pushes the retina down to place and the gas bubble dissipates over time into the eye. If the detachment is severe, surgery is another option. We have had patients have a detachment and have had surgery and we have restored nearly all if not all of their vision as it was before the detachment occured. Again, early detection is the key! So don't stress about it too much, we are all prone to certain things due to the wonderful genome but do get your eyes checked and watch out for those symptoms. Good luck!  (+ info)

Retinal Detachment: How do you get the sight back into a damage eye urgently?

And do you know any good hospitals in Ireland and the UK that deals with retinal detachment problems?

Retinal detachment is separation of the neural retinal layer from the underlying retinal pigment epithelium layer. Symptoms are decreased peripheral or central vision, often described in the acute phase as a curtain coming down. Associated symptoms are painless vision disturbances, including flashing lights and numerous floaters. Diagnosis is by indirect funduscopy; ultrasonography may determine the extent of the lesion. Immediate treatment to reattach the retina is imperative if central vision is threatened. Treatment includes systemic corticosteroids; sealing the retinal holes by laser, diathermy, or cryotherapy; scleral buckling; transconjunctival cryopexy; photocoagulation; pneumatic retinopexy; intravitreal surgery; and enucleation, depending on the cause and location of the lesion. Most reversible damage occurs early, so once the macula is detached and vision decreases, treatment is less urgent.
The outcome depends upon the location and extent of the detachment and early treatment. If the macula has not detached, the results of treatment can be excellent. Most retinal detachments can be repaired, but not all of them. The unsuccessful reattachment of the retina results in loss of vision.
A retinal detachment is an urgent problem that requires medical attention within 24 hours of the first symptoms.  (+ info)

What is a surefire sign that I have a retinal tear?

My optometrist noticed that there was a large change in my vision (it got much blurrier than before). She also noticed that the backside of my eyeball is really thin (I don't know what that means). So she thinks that I might have retinal tears (she couldn't tell because my eyes involuntarily jerk around and can't stay still, anyway, she recommended that I see an optomologist.

Blurriness that can't be explained readily by a quick look at the outer eye where you might have corneal problems or an infection.

Sudden onset of FLOATERS, stuff like debris that you see floating around in your vision. But 2% of the these cases can show tearing of the retina...

FLASHES in your vision. They can look like lightning or large bursts of light.
Get yourself to an ophthalmologist fast so you can be sure there is nothing wrong.
Usually people who are myopic (short-sighted and wear thick glasses) are prone to retinal tearing.

Detachment of the retina is a much more serious consequence of untreated retinal tears that should have been dealt with by laser / photocoagulation.
Retinal detachment treatment is more complex and requires a lot of time for vision to recover fully.

Good luck.  (+ info)

What besides a retinal tear would cause bright flashes of light in the corners of my eyes?

I thought it was from my old cat jumping on my eye, because for a long time it was only one eye. but for the last few years it has become both eyes now. What kinds of things can be causing it.

I've had those before...the optomologist told me they were optical migraines...If you get regular migraines then according to her they will sometimes change into optical ones....I have no idea other than that...She said they weren't dangerous to your eyesight...butscaryy as hell if it happens while you're driving....Mine was like akaleidoscopee of light and color in my peripherall vision...  (+ info)

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