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Old 02-24-2013, 08:29 PM   #55
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: IL, USA
Posts: 6
cknite HB User
Re: Post-Vitrectomy Vision & Possibility of Repeat Retinal Detachment

Hi vitcat2,

Thank you for the response and the sympathy. I really do appreciate you taking time to respond and hope you the best in your recovery. Hope your stereoscopic vision comes back and you end up with no double vision.

The irony of it all is that the day before the most recent detachment, I had visited the dr and he said he really didn't think the retina would re-detach at that point. Then the next evening I noticed a sudden and increasing loss of brightness in the eye. From my understanding the oil is much more likely to cause a cataract. I'm assuming the length of time the oil is left in the eye is proportional to that likelihood but I will ask the surgeon tomorrow.

Here in IL we have what's called HIPAA-iCHIPS which is for those who have lost COBRA for one reason or another. I've gotten the application submitted and should hear back in the next couple weeks.

My appointment with the surgeon is tomorrow. I am going to ask about the risk of leaving the oil in for a while as you suggest.

I am going to look at this as a good thing since the Dr said of my steep OCT ridge that the only solution would be a 3rd attempt and with the retina looking so good (at the time) it would be inadvised to detach the retina and try again. This way I'm getting that 3rd chance at a flat retina without having to take a gamble and go for an otherwise unneeded procedure.