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    Old 01-22-2020, 11:54 PM   #1
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    Physical effort after the retinal detachment surgery

    Hi.
    I had a retinal detachment surgery some time ago and my doctor advised me not to do physical effort.
    But I'm a guy who travel a lot and I need to wear the backpack for hours.
    Does this count as physical effort? Can this do harm to the retina? What would be a maximum safe weight that I could carry?
    Can you please give me some tips about how should I proceed without putting too much strain on the eyes/retina?
    What physical effort should I avoid?

     
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    Old 01-23-2020, 07:01 AM   #2
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    Re: Physical effort after the retinal detachment surgery

    I think your doctor would have been the best person to ask because he/she knows more about you. For example, are you a lean, muscular male with normal blood pressure? Or are you overweight, in poor shape physically with high blood pressure?

    However, in general, I would guess your doctor means that you shouldn't strain yourself lifting or carrying anything heavy. It's not something that can be pinned down exactly. It will mostly be up to you to use your best judgement as to when you feel you are straining yourself.

     
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    Re: Physical effort after the retinal detachment surgery

    When my retina detached, I had laser surgery and was told not to work out or hang upside down or do anything strenuous for a month...after that I was cleared to work out again.

    You really need to call your surgeon and ask exactly how long and what the parameters are because depending on what shape you are in, and what you are actually doing- you may be fine to proceed, or they may tell you to wait for a certain amount of time. Wearing a backpack is not strenuous generally- but if it weighs 100 lbs, then it may be considered strenuous.

    The best person to ask is the person who did the surgery.
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