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Old 04-09-2012, 10:15 AM   #1
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Can Someone Relieve My Fears of Retinal Detachment??

Yesterday I woke up and quickly found myself in a state of fear. I got on the computer, and kept noticing this annoying floater in my peripheral vision that wouldn't go away.

Floaters have never really bothered or concerned me before. They would just show up at random, usually in the sunlight every since I was a kid. This one kept swimming around. I became aware and annoyed by seeing more floaters, long strands. Even more troubling, the floater would disappear if I closed by left eye telling me something is wrong wih that eye.

As usual, the internet brought on the fear as I read that a sudden increase in floaters is a sign of retinal detachment. I spent the next two hours reading and searching on retinal detachment hoping to find any sign of encouragment, but only finding despair instead. The problem is I'm severely nearsightedne, (-7.7)and every website told me that this puts me at great risk for RD.


I was able to calm down for most of the day as the floaters went away, but they are back this morning. No other symptoms like light flashes , thank goodness. Maybe I've been seeing this level of floaters and my brain just tuned them out, but now I'm very self aware of them. Or I could be headed down the road to blindness.


I have an appt with an eye specialist on Wed morning, but I wonder if that's too late. I'm thining about going to see a optomist before then and hopefully they can check my retina. Is this a good idea?


The scarest thing I read about this problem is the surgery recovery. If they do the gas bubble, you apparently have to sit upright for weeks without moving your head. How in the world can you do that or even sleep? Do you have to pee in a bottle or something? I get uncomfortable sitting in a chair for just a few hours, much less two weeks! Even worse, I live alone so I don't know how I would manage to eat or get groceries, but I guess u do whatever it takes to save your vision!


Has anyone been through retinal detachment, and perhaps tell me that it's not as bad as my mind is imagining?

 
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Old 04-09-2012, 11:49 AM   #2
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Re: Can Someone Relieve My Fears of Retinal Detachment??

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Yesterday I woke up and quickly found myself in a state of fear. I got on the computer, and kept noticing this annoying floater in my peripheral vision that wouldn't go away.

Floaters have never really bothered or concerned me before. They would just show up at random, usually in the sunlight every since I was a kid. This one kept swimming around. I became aware and annoyed by seeing more floaters, long strands. Even more troubling, the floater would disappear if I closed by left eye telling me something is wrong wih that eye.

As usual, the internet brought on the fear as I read that a sudden increase in floaters is a sign of retinal detachment. I spent the next two hours reading and searching on retinal detachment hoping to find any sign of encouragment, but only finding despair instead. The problem is I'm severely nearsightedne, (-7.7)and every website told me that this puts me at great risk for RD.


I was able to calm down for most of the day as the floaters went away, but they are back this morning. No other symptoms like light flashes , thank goodness. Maybe I've been seeing this level of floaters and my brain just tuned them out, but now I'm very self aware of them. Or I could be headed down the road to blindness.


I have an appt with an eye specialist on Wed morning, but I wonder if that's too late. I'm thining about going to see a optomist before then and hopefully they can check my retina. Is this a good idea?


The scarest thing I read about this problem is the surgery recovery. If they do the gas bubble, you apparently have to sit upright for weeks without moving your head. How in the world can you do that or even sleep? Do you have to pee in a bottle or something? I get uncomfortable sitting in a chair for just a few hours, much less two weeks! Even worse, I live alone so I don't know how I would manage to eat or get groceries, but I guess u do whatever it takes to save your vision!


Has anyone been through retinal detachment, and perhaps tell me that it's not as bad as my mind is imagining?
I am in the same boat as you, except I think floaters are perfectly fine, I see them all the time since I was a kid. But for me, as I made in an earlier post, I am seeing the flashes of light as well. I have an appt. tomorrow with the eye doctor, so I will get it checked out.

 
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Re: Can Someone Relieve My Fears of Retinal Detachment??

Floaters are normal. Heck, I just had one while typing this. Move your eyes up and down rapidly to clear them.

My mother had a detached retina, and she had lots of bright FLASHES.

It was reattached with a laser. She had to take it easy for awhile afterward, but no extreme precautions.

 
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I am in the same boat as you, except I think floaters are perfectly fine, I see them all the time since I was a kid. But for me, as I made in an earlier post, I am seeing the flashes of light as well. I have an appt. tomorrow with the eye doctor, so I will get it checked out.

Good luck with your appt! I went ahead and scheduled a visit with an optometrist today. I don't think I'll have peace of mind until I find out that my retina is ok. I just see them nonstop out of my side (temporal?) vision all the time now and it's driving me nuts. I have to remind myself that the odds are very slim that I'll end up going blind. I would be having other symptoms if I had a full on detachment.

 
Old 04-11-2012, 07:20 AM   #5
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Hi,

Both flashes and floaters can be symptoms of a retinal detachment and being myopic does put you at greater risk of retinal detachment as the eye is longer than usual and therefore the retina is stretched over a greater surface area.

However, hopefully, you just have simple floaters and no retinal detachment.

Whatever the case, you will not have peace of mind until you get a proper checkup. If there is a retinal detachment, the sooner it is treated the better the outcome.


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Hi,

Both flashes and floaters can be symptoms of a retinal detachment and being myopic does put you at greater risk of retinal detachment as the eye is longer than usual and therefore the retina is stretched over a greater surface area.

However, hopefully, you just have simple floaters and no retinal detachment.

Whatever the case, you will not have peace of mind until you get a proper checkup. If there is a retinal detachment, the sooner it is treated the better the outcome.


Good luck

Dear Splish,
Sounds like you know what you are talking about, welcome to this forum !
I just recently had Cat. surgery with retina ERM surgery last May, so would love to ask you a question about my eyes not yet merging images together. I will post soon.
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Re: Can Someone Relieve My Fears of Retinal Detachment??

Hi,
I think by the time you read this post you will probably have had your appointment, I hope it went well for you and all is ok.
Although I may be late with my reply I may be able to help with your question about floaters and retinal detachment.

Part of the normal ageing process is a change with the vitreous fluid inside our eyes. (Sorry I'm not sure how old you are) The vitreous becomes thinner and less jelly like, as this happens it comes away from the retina. What we see are 'string type' floaters/wavy lines and the occasional bit of debris. This is normal and your brain eventually adjusts so you can ignore them. The only problem that can occur is if the retina and the vitreous bubble don't seperate cleanly, if the retina gets caught for some reason it can tear.

This happened to me as I have an underlying eye condition so my retina 's are very scarred from previous problems. The retina tore on one of these scars and the symptoms that I had were flashes of lights around the peripheral area, a huge number of floaters, it was like someone squirted ink into my eye (many hundreds of droplets) and as it progressed a curtain of lost vision.

You are right to get it checked out straight away, retinal detachment surgery is very succcessful when treated early.
I understand your fears about gas bubble 'posturing', it isn't easy but you can get through it if this is needed.

Please try not to worry, although myopia does increase risk, the risk is still low and if it were to occur it can be treated.
Please let us know how your appointment went.

I would be very happy to share my experiences of surgery with you if you need to, hopefully you won't need to though :-) Please bear in mind though my retina's are rather unusual and I'm prone to less favourable outcomes.

Best wishes
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Old 04-26-2012, 11:34 AM   #8
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Re: Can Someone Relieve My Fears of Retinal Detachment??

Thanks so much for everyone who replied. It was very helpful. I'm posting a followup.


I went to see an optometrist two weeks ago who dilated my eyes and checked my retina. He told me everything looked good and no signs of tears. I was so relieved, but of course, the floaters were still here. I told myself to not worry about it and try to ignore them.

I've been successful for the most part, but today brought back those scary fears. The floaters have been constant, and huge at times, line a two inch long strand. At times, I just want to cover up the eye as they are not occuring much at all in my right eye. The left eye is the weaker one and far more nearsighted.


Should I go see a specialist and get checked out again, or maybe give it some more time? This is frustrating because perhaps the doctor looked at my retina before it begun to tear, and now it is tearing. Still no dark spots, curtains or flashes. I'm hitting the ER if that happens!

Or can this really just be a normal part of aging? Would the floaters just suddenly increase like this because of aging?

 
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Re: Can Someone Relieve My Fears of Retinal Detachment??

If he checked your retina, then you should be fine. People do just get floaters sometimes. They might decrease soon, or they might not.

 
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Re: Can Someone Relieve My Fears of Retinal Detachment??

I wouldn't worry if I would be you, although when floaters appear, it really scary until you find out from your MD Eye Dr that they are perfectly fine and it's simple a sign of aging.

Another thing if you see floaters with really like a flash light inside them. This can be a sign that you must see your DR and even than this not always a serious problem.
I have floaters, mostly black and a lot of them, 24/7 I get scared when you look straight and it feels like you see a bug (I hate them to death) on a side wall... No, this is just a floater!
I live with them for at least 6 years; start to get them at age 42.

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Old 04-27-2012, 12:03 PM   #11
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Relax. I've had lots of floaters in both eyes for many years. I also have occasional flashes, especially when going to sleep (darkened room, eyes closed). Never had retinal detachment. Retinal tears are very easy for your optometrist to see, so if he/she says you don't have them, stop reading the negative posts and enjoy your life.

 
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Old 05-05-2012, 09:17 AM   #12
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Re: Can Someone Relieve My Fears of Retinal Detachment??

Floaters are such named since they are very small pieces that are now floating around in the vitreous. While annoying, by itself they are harmless although it should be checked by a Doc to make sure there is no underlying condition. Flashes may very well be a sign of beginning retinal detachment and should require a visit to the Doc immediately. A beginning-to-detach retina is esily correctable. Best luck

 
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You should know by now if you had a detached Retina..I have had retina surgery in both eyes so has my brother and his son and daughter..My first one was a tare of the retina. I thought it ws my eyelashes that I was looking at but it was the dark curtain coming down so when I had it checked I was rushed to Columbus, Ohio for immediate surgery. I am thankful I have my eyesight..Hope all is well with you...

 
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Well.

I have floaters and flashes on both eyes since 2004 , I've went to the opthalmologist each year since, lots of eye exam with pupils dilated, and etc etc etc.

Thanks god no retinal detachment at all, no tare of the retina, nothing. The last time I went to the opthalmologist was last year, again eye exam was well.

I just want to clarify that not all the times when flashes appears with floaters it mandatory means detached retina, I have read on others message boards a few people having flashes and floaters without any retinal problem, and some other people with just floaters having detached retina. My eye doctor told me, if your retina hasn't detached in 2004-2006 is unlikely it will now (8 years later) since at this stage vitrous has to be detached from the eye, but just in case I go 1 time per year to check the eyes.

Just keep an eye on your symptoms don't assume anything or say to yourself if I don't have flashes there's nothing wrong with my retina causa you can be wrong. Just my thoughs.

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