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    Old 05-03-2004, 12:57 PM   #1
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    Retina detachment question

    I have a question. Does anyone know how long it takes for a retina to detach or how long it takes until the vision worsens?

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    Old 05-03-2004, 03:23 PM   #2
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    Re: Retina detachment question

    Mine detached in a matter of days after I was born. But obviously I was an infant so I'm probably no help

     
    Old 05-06-2004, 11:38 AM   #3
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    Re: Retina detachment question

    I have had a "natural" detatching of the retina for about three months.The Opti,
    says it`s fine and very natural.When I close my eyes I see a bright light almost as if the sun is shining in my eye ( right eye only)I have had iritis in the same eye about 2 years ago.I have very strong intense headaches,that I just can`t seem to stand sometimes! Very aggravating!

     
    Old 05-07-2004, 05:53 AM   #4
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    Re: Retina detachment question

    jgdejesu:

    Could you please explain what a "natural" detaching of the retina is? Are you sure you don't mean vitreous detachment? How can a detached retina ever be normal?

    Torre

     
    Old 05-09-2004, 08:26 AM   #5
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    Re: Retina detachment question

    what she means (I think) is that the vitrous gel as we age naturally starts to shrivel up and pull on the retina. I'm diabetic and have retinopathy so I am dealing with this at a young age, hopefully it is stable now. But as we age, the vitreous tends to seperate from the retina and it can cause some tugging which will also cause the sensation of flashing lights. Of course not everyone gets this.

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    Old 05-09-2004, 07:26 PM   #6
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    Re: Retina detachment question

    Hi.
    When my retina detached, it went very fast and I could see bleeding in my eye from the inside looking out. It looked like a dense sand storm, and I was advised to waste NO time in getting to the Opthalmologist. I had many laser zaps in the eye to stop it. Three weeks later, it happened again in that eye. The vitrous gel was tugging at the retina, and it tore it again. I recognized immediately what happened, and proceeded right to the Op. Many more laser zaps again, and that was it. This happened in 1996. Never had a problem that way with the other eye, and retina in there could have just as easily torn, but luckily it did not. If you don't get to the doctor and your eye fills with blood, it takes forever and a day for that blood to disapate....so it's in your best interest to immediately take action. Some lose their sight forever, if they wait too long.

     
    Old 05-12-2004, 12:09 PM   #7
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    Re: Retina detachment question

    what are the actual effects of retinal detachment? (ie: does your vision get blurry/do you go blind?)

     
    Old 05-13-2004, 06:33 PM   #8
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    Re: Retina detachment question

    The natural detatching of the retina is the "vitrous gel" blood travels in the eye and causes shadowing and bright lights( with my eyes closed).I do bump into doorways,people,or what ever is on my right side that I can`t see.
    AAAAAHHHHH! I hate it,I`m a nurses assistant and very busy at work.I hate to go outside because at first I can`t see anything.Takes a while for my eye to ajust.

     
    Old 05-13-2004, 06:38 PM   #9
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    Re: Retina detachment question

    I have read your message,about being diabetic......just wondering if maybe I should be tested as well.The doctors never put two and two together.I think I will check my sugar levels tomarro at work.Diabetes runs in my family.

     
    Old 05-17-2004, 07:21 AM   #10
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    Re: Retina detachment question

    Jgdejesu - I am having the same problem with the same eye!!!! Isn't it annoying???? Mine happened April 19th, got worse for awhile and is now staying the same and getting a little bit lighter (the dark spot) I can't even be in florescent lighting because the spot is so close to my central vision and drives me nuts - I HAVE turned into people who have come up on my right side becuse I couldn't see them - and the bright lights I get now look like a lava lamp! Every time I turn on my right side at night, this huge light lifts up from the bottom, comes up and dissapates - or it'll start at the top right side, roll to the bottom and then lift up - I get my own little light show
    Let me ask you a question - after you go out and your eyes adjust, is everthing in the "patch" area shimmering and shaking? That happens to me, then if I come in it is worse and all the shmmering area is a glowing purple until I close my eyes a while and adjust to the INSIDE again. I described all this to my doctor and it is all consistant with the PVD (Posterior Vitreous Detachment)

    My problem is from being SEVERELYnearsighted - are you very nearsighted? It is also very common for people over 65 (I'm 45)

     
    Old 05-20-2004, 10:54 AM   #11
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    Re: Retina detachment question

    Sunlover,
    I am a 34 yr old female.......so I don`t understand when the Optimologist says it`s caused from ageing.(weird hugh?)
    I am not near sighted,infact I have perfect vision(so far).I work in a hospital,inwich the hallways seem to be fairly dim to me.I go out for a smoke break,and the light outside seems to be torture for me.I can`t seem to adjust my right eye with the difference in lighting.And talk about the FLOESCENT lights! God !
    Going grocery shopping is a nightmare,and I can`t grocery shop alone.I get very dizzy,and fear overcomes me as I feel like I will pass out.Wherever I look (when there is bright lights)everything does appear as if it`s jumping or moving,even when I know It`s not.It`s a very scarey feeling!
    I have had blood work done today,because i`m having such severe headaches,popping blood vessesls on my fingertips,and also a CT of the head and sinuses.(even though I don`t feel like it`s sinus related)
    I have to get to the bottom of this....It`s starting to over power me.
    I also have an appt w/the Optimologist next week.

     
    Old 05-22-2004, 07:43 AM   #12
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    Re: Retina detachment question

    Oh, grocery shopping!! That is the worst!!
    Could your feeling like passing out, etc just be nerves? I felt like that at first, I felt like my eyes were jumping around and I coludn't focus on stuff in the store and it would upset me so badly. Now I just dread it and try to deal with it and I don't get so upset.

     
    Old 05-26-2004, 02:38 PM   #13
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    Re: Retina detachment question

    I just recently had eye surgery for retinal tears in my left eye. The doctor told me that I had caught it in time, or I would have had permanent vision problems. Now, I need to visit a retinal specialist every 6 months for a checkup. I didn't even know a prob like this existed because no doctor had ever informed or done full retinal exams on my eye before. It is so important for people to get a full eye exam, esp. people with high power, like me.

     
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