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    Old 08-20-2004, 07:13 AM   #1
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    Exclamation Is my retina detaching?? Need Help!!!

    Please Advise!!!

    I had gone for a normal check up (very shot sighted) and i was told that i had patches on my retina, the optision said that it could be a retinal detachment.

    So i referred by my doctor to the local hospital, the specialist said that i did have some tears in the retina, so I was lucky enough that my parents had private cover and i was seen quickly by a specialist in Lincoln. He said that i did have tears (particial retina detachment) but it wasnt something that he would operate on as it was slight and that i was to watch for stars and floaters, and not to go on any theme park rides or anything which can cause me to bang my head (i still jump off the wardrobes though hahah).

    Well i have now moved away from home to Scotland to be with my Fiance and i have notice yesterday that i have a floater in my right eye? Starting to panick. Things always happen to me when i am happy and getting settled!!!!
    I am hoping that someone who has replied to you has had the same thing??

    I am off to the optisions tomorrow for a check up! COMPLETE NIGHTMARE

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    Old 08-21-2004, 07:49 PM   #2
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    Re: Is my retina detaching?? Need Help!!!

    If your retinea completely detached you would know it. I know someone who has had the operation to fix the tears in the retinea and he said that the operation (done on both of his eyes) was easy and pain free. So when the time comes that you need the operation rest easy knowing that it is pain free and the recovery is easy.

    Old 08-22-2004, 05:02 AM   #3
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    I would go to another doctor and have the tears taken care of. It is just a lazer zap, however if you wait until the retina detaches it is a LOT more serious and harder! I don't know why your doctor told you not to do anything about it!

    Old 09-03-2004, 10:21 PM   #4
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    Re: Is my retina detaching?? Need Help!!!

    Go to an opthomologist and get it checked out if you haven't already. I've had small retinal tears taken care of in both of my eyes. The first symptom I had were the floaters.

    Good luck.

    Old 09-11-2004, 11:51 PM   #5
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    Re: Is my retina detaching?? Need Help!!!

    I just had surgery for holes in my retinas on Wednesday. I go back next Wednesday to get my left eye done. I have 6 holes in my left eye and had over 30 in my right eye. I did not think it was a painless surgery, but it wasn't terrible. What's the alternative, right?

    You don't want to wait until you do get a detached retina...the surgery for that is worse. There are some tears that don't need to be fixed though, and only need to be watched. That depends on where they are in your eye. My opthamologist told me that my left eye could have gone without the surgery, but since I was already getting it done on my right eye, that they might as well fix the left eye too.

    Oh, and I had no symptoms whatsoever. Mine were found on a routine eye exam, and then I was sent to a retina specialist.

    Good luck!


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    Old 09-26-2004, 11:35 AM   #6
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    Re: Is my retina detaching?? Need Help!!!

    Suggest you go directly to an opthamologist who is a retina specialist.

    Good luck,

    Old 09-26-2004, 11:49 AM   #7
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    Re: Is my retina detaching?? Need Help!!!

    My retina was torn many years ago after being hit in the eye. Floaters are quite common and sometimes they go away on their own. I still have floaters 24 years later and I am quite used to them. Mine are from the initial injury and bleeding.

    If your retina detaches, you will notice "stars" or flash of light. It isn't necessarily painful and you won't have vision afterwards.

    In this modern age, they can repair tears with laser surgery. I wish they had that technology back when it happened to me. Back then all they did was patch both eyes and hope you didn't lose sight in both eyes (sympathetic reaction in the good eye is what I think they called it). The other reason they patched it was so I wouldn't strain my eyes or move them unnecessarily and cause the retina to detach completely.

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