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FDP Forum / Moe's Tavern (_8^(I) / Detached Retina

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Oct 2nd, 2017 07:35 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Had some vision loss in my left eye early last week. Like a curtain or sunglass lense in the bottom corner by my nose. Didn't think nothing of it but didn't go away after a couple days of good sleep. Took off Thursday to go to the eye doctor to get it checked out.

Appointment was at 1630. By 1730 was at a retina specialist prepping for surgery. It has been a long couple days. They saved my eye and vision. I was terrified. Good support system with wife and parents getting me to and from appts the last couple days.

I got great news today with my follow up I won't have to back under the knife. Eye is gonna recover thanks to modern medical technology and procedure.

Sad thing is that I felt so great leaving and hugging the doctor saying you saved my vision and eye. Than my wife brings me home and I turn on the TV. Really put things in perspective. It made me feel stupid and sad. It was a really weird feeling.

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Oct 2nd, 2017 08:04 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic


Serious reality check, brother.

Glad they (your wife, parents, & doctors) saved your vision.

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Oct 3rd, 2017 05:21 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Great to hear that your vision was saved. Scary stuff!

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Oct 3rd, 2017 05:25 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Wow indeed! Glad you had a great outcome!

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Oct 3rd, 2017 05:25 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Glad you were able to save it.

I lost my left one (total center-vision in that eye toast, just peripheral left) after the 40-some strokes I had in the hospital a few years back and the hospital not listening to my allergies on admittance raising my BP to 180-210 for almost three weeks straight. Amazingly, it was the only thing that blew.


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Oct 3rd, 2017 05:31 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My wife has experienced retina detachment twice in the same eye so we've become very thorough in maintaining eye exams etc.

Her first detachment was as a result of a condition called lattice degeneration of the retina, a condition (very basically) found in nearsighted people. The treatment for that was a scleral buckle. The retina was detaching from the bottom so it was a very gradual change to her vertical peripheral vision that was detected at a routine eye exam. To give you an idea of symptoms, look straight ahead and close one eye. Place one hand above your head and, with one finger extended, move the hand forward taking note of at what point the finger enters your field of vision. Then perform the same test with the other eye. The results should be the same, but in my wife's case there would be an approximate 12" difference in the distance the finger would travel.

The second was a result of a vitreous detachment with a vitrectomy (basically replacing the fluid in the eye with a synthetic) and a few weeks of looking at the floor with a gas bubble in the eye to hold the retina in place. The second was diagnosed by her eye specialist when she noted an "hour glass" visual distortion in the eye and when she started noticing a lot of "floaters".

This is a good general guide to

Detached Retinas

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Oct 3rd, 2017 07:09 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Rhino208. Do you know what type procedure they used to reattach your retina? There are several different procedures that can be used by a retinal specialist with different recovery methods.

Since the summer of 2002 I've had three different procedures to reattach multiple detached retinas in each eye.

I've had scleral buckles in each eye, vitrectomies in each eye, and a pneumatic retinopexy in my right eye.

I've also had cataracts in each eye with the accompanying surgeries to insert new lenses.

So, how am I doing now-a-days with my vision? Wonderful is an understatement! Modern medical technology in the hands of trained medical professionals made all the difference. My vision in each eye is now better than when I was a young child. I do have to wear glasses for driving, but that's it.

Good luck in your recovery and positive thoughts in your future eye health!

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Oct 3rd, 2017 07:32 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I had detached retina surgery in early 2002.

I was driving to work when I saw what appeared to be a school of black minnows swimming across in my left eye. Vision in that eye immediately turned black. I thought it was trash in the eye.

When the vision was not restored in a day, I went to the ER, but they had no idea what my problem was, so they sent me to a place that specializes in eye surgery.

The doctor there told me I had a detached retina and that he was sending me across the Lake to Tulane Hospital in New Orleans, to the best retina surgeon in the south.

It was emergency surgery, and I did not have time to get off my blood thinners. The surgery was rather bloody, and the doctor was not sure he could re-attach my retina, but he did.

I could not see out of that eye for another three months, because a thick cataract had formed over it. It was like look through an ice cube. I had cataract surgery and now I can see out of that eye.

My brother told me that a friend of his had had a detached retina and that a year later the other retina detached, so I was prepared to go through the whole ordeal again.

Sure enough, late in 2002, I started seeing flashers in the other eye, which is a symptom of a detaching retina. I went to the doctor with it; he said the retina was detached but I could still see out of it. We had time for me to get off the blood thinners this time. The same doctor performed the surgery and it was not so bloody this time.

Modern medicine is great.

The brother who told me about his friend with the detached retina had his own detached retinas, one in each eye, a year apart just like me. It must run in the family although we are the first I know about with the problem.

Our younger brother, who remained in north Louisiana, has not had any of our health issues.

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