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Is there any link between statins and retinal detachment?

I recently started Crestor in November, and at my annual eye examine, I have a minor retinal schisis in each eye that requires a minor laser procedure to keep it isolated.

Wow! These are good questions for your cardiologist and your eye doctor. I have never heard of this being so, but you never know!  (+ info)

What are the symptoms of retinal detachment?

I had a vitrectomy last week. Now in low lighting situations if I move my eyes in just the right way I see this black blob that looks like the afterimage of a flash from a camera. I do not see it when I look outside, only indoors and it is not always, just sometimes. Again it is like when you look at the sun for a while then you see the afterimage for a few minutes, except I have not been looking at the sun, just had a vitrectomy last week.

I don't think you have a detached retina. The sight suddenly goes. Maybe not all but sometimes a line or half of sight. Usually if not taken care of within 24 hours the sight is gone forever.  (+ info)

What can cause retinal lesions in an 8 yr old?

my sister is 8 yrs old, and has been complaining of headaches for about 6 months. She also sees "spots" in the air. Tried a ton of exams, finally they found retinal lesions. The ophtalmologist's advice get her to a specialized hospital NOW, while she can still see. Can anyone tell me what it might be? We're sorta freaking out. I have a pic of the retina, if it helps...

dont panic. could be many things, some serious, some not. could be nothing. could be could be retinopathy (cotton wool spots):


or systemic inflammatory disease like




many possibilities. take your doc's advice & see a peds specialist  (+ info)

What is the process of a retinal eye exam?

My mom is having one tomorrow and we are wondering what she will be going through.

Your pupils will be dilated to allow the doctor to best see the retinal details.

The complete dilated medical exam involves the following:

A technician will check your vision
Medical history including medications and drops
Dilation of pupils with special drops
The doctor will examine your eyes
Sometimes special photographs (fluorescein angiograms) are taken to view abnormal blood vessels in the retina. During this test a fluorescent dye will be injected into a hand or arm vein and pictures will be taken of your eyes. These pictures will show the circulation in the blood vessels of your retina. This will allow your doctor to see areas of leakage, swelling, blockage, or other trouble areas.
When the examination is completed your doctor will review his findings with you. If diabetic changes are found treatment can then be started to slow or even stop the progression of the disease. Early treatment can save your sight!

Photos are necessary so your mother will have a baseline for further exams.

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What is Retinal Menegitis and what is the treatment for it?

I am a diabetic. Is this something to be worried about?

Meningitis is inflammation of the membranes (meninges) covering the brain and the spinal cord. Although the most common causes are infection (bacterial, viral, fungal or parasitic), chemical agents and even tumor cells may cause meningitis. Encephalitis and brain abscess can complicate infective meningitis.

Meningitis is a medical emergency, being a condition with a high mortality rate if untreated. All suspected cases, however mild, need emergency medical attention and on the presumption, until otherwise disproven, that all cases are bacterial in nature, broad spectrum antibiotics should be urgently started before the culture results are available. If lumbar puncture can not be performed because of raised intracranial pressure (likely due to edema or concomitant brain abscess), a broad spectrum intravenous antibiotic should be started immediately (this is often a third generation cephalosporin or, in less affluent countries, chloramphenicol). When cerebrospinal fluid gram stain, or blood or CSF culture and sensitivity results, are available and confirm the bacterial nature of the infection, then the empiric treatment can be refined by switching to more specific antibiotics. In children (but not in adults) the administration of steroids helps reduce the incidence of deafness following meningitis.

Infection of the meninges usually originates through spread from infection of the neighbouring structures (which include the sinuses and mastoid cells of ear). These should be investigated when diagnosis of meningitis is confirmed or suspected.

If the patient is commonly in contact with many others (e.g. at school or army barracks), people in the surroundings (and usually family members) may be commenced on prophylactic treatment; this is generally done with the antibiotic rifampicin, which is otherwise mainly used in tuberculosis. Alternative drugs used for prophylaxis include ceftriaxone (which is preferred in pregnant women) and ciprofloxacin.  (+ info)

I am turning 13 and i am worried about Retinal Tear?

I am worried about retinal tear/detachment because when i was little about 5 or 6 years old when i used to rub my eyes i used to see floaters. I am not sure if that is normal but a few years after that i needed glasses. But my mom nor my dad wear glasses. I do not think it is the gene that makes you need glasses i think its my retinal tear. Please take this question seriously, this isn't a joke.

I understand your concern, and rightly so because a retinal tear or detachment is a serious medical emergency. However, from what you describe, it sounds like you don't have much to worry about.

To begin with, rubbing your eyes may cause them to become irritated and red, but it is not the cause of your needing glasses, nor will it cause retinal problems. Although the need for glasses is linked with genetics, it's not exactly certain what causes one person to become near or farsighted.

Also, if you have already gone to the eye doctor and gotten glasses, chances are they dilated you and looked in the back of your eye to make sure everything was healthy. Did they mention anything regarding a retinal tear at that time?

As far as the floaters you are seeing, keep in mind that a few floaters here or there is normal and just about everyone has them! It is when you see a large increase in the size and number of the floaters accompanied by large arching flashes of light (not the kind after you have rubbed your eyes, though) that you should be concerned.

If you are still unsure, you can always schedule an appointment with your optometrist to discuss your concerns! Hope this helps :)  (+ info)

Is there a permanent solution to having a retinal detachment fixed?

I believe there are three methods for this type of surgery, and I was wondering if either one of these, or another type of surgery that will permanently fixed this problem. The 3 types of surgery used for this operations are scleral buckling operation, Pneumatic retinopexy, and Vitrectomy.

There is a 70% to 90% success rate with all the surgeries you mentioned. The type of surgery used depends on the complexity of the detachment.

This article goes into detail about the various options:
http://www.charles-retina.com/default.asp?redirect_from=faq&faqcatid=21  (+ info)

Why is my vision blurry after retinal screening?

I am struggling to read and getting double vision after i had retinal screening... its been a week... how long before my vision is back to normal.

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What activities or kinds of exercise increase the risk of a retinal detachment?

I know a blow to the head, or sports, such as boxing, or any jarring movement is risky, but what about jogging, jump-roping, vigorous dancing, and roller coasters?

unless you are in an extremely fragile state (like just had retinal detachment surgery like yesturday) then jogging, jumping rope, wild dancing, and roller coasters will not give you a higher risk for retinal detachment.
i've had 4 retinal detachments (twice in each eye) and they all happened with out me doing anything. cuz i'm just at a very high risk of retinal detachment. even being at such a high risk for it and having 4 already my eye dr still says its fine for me to do the things i mentioned above.  (+ info)

Can an optician spot retinal detachment?

Im worried that I may be getting retinal detachment. I have an optician appointment next week so I was wondering if they would be able to spot it?

I believe they may be able to spot that but better yet is an ophthalmologist.
the ophthalmologist will just send you to an ophthalmologist anyway. or a specialist. you can make your own choice on that. go to symptom checker and verify that you are on the right track.
be careful and do not wait too long, or go on into the emergency room  (+ info)

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