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Old 02-13-2018, 05:08 AM
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Default Well crap. Going to eye specialist with a suspected retinal tear

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I’m seeing the retina specialist this morning at 10 o’clock. It started Saturday with some weirdness in my vision. To make a very long story short and skip the symptoms, the suspicion is I have a torn retina. You can imagine what’s going through my mind. Anyone have any personal experience with this? Or any eye doctors care to chime in? I’ll report back after today but I just turned into a blob of despair.
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Someone in my family has one, she sees a "hole" in her vision, not much they can do about hers, I wish you luck . They got bopped in the eye and was left with this

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I had a detached retina. 18 years ago they sewed onto my eyeball a scleral buckle to repair the detachment. I'll be honest, the pain after the surgery was massive until the pain meds kicked in....after that I was a mellow guy. No problems since.
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I had a detached retina. 18 years ago they sewed onto my eyeball a scleral buckle to repair the detachment. I'll be honest, the pain after the surgery was massive until the pain meds kicked in....after that I was a mellow guy. No problems since.
If I'm not mistaken and I could very well be, torn is different than detached. I hope for him it is repairable
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If I'm not mistaken and I could very well be, torn is different than detached. I hope for him it is repairable
A tear can result in detachment if not treated. Sounds like the OP may be close to that point if his vision is being affected. Happened to me 24 yrs ago. Surgery was successful, but never returned to 100%.

OP, feel free to PM me if you have specific questions.
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I had two tears a few years ago. They use a laser to "tack weld" the retina in place to keep it from getting worse. It's uncomfortable, but not really bad, mostly bright light and a feeling of pressure. You will have to go to several followups and they'll want you to come back annually thereafter.
What were your first symptoms? I had specks all over my field of vision which tuned our to be blood from the tear. I've also heard people see flashes of light but I didn't. Mine are all healed but I was left with a bunch of floaters in that eye, debris from the tear, that are annoying but not worth additional surgery to correct.
Best of luck, it's nothing like a detached retina so don't worry.
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Originally Posted by Tireless View Post
I had a detached retina. 18 years ago they sewed onto my eyeball a scleral buckle to repair the detachment. I'll be honest, the pain after the surgery was massive until the pain meds kicked in....after that I was a mellow guy. No problems since.
You can probably start to wean off the pain meds now..
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My wife is ophth surgeon, we know a few good retina surgeons from where she trained. There really isn't one answer to this as there are a number of procedures depending on what the problems are. It can be as simple as a laser (tack weld), to a buckle, to injecting air bubble and having to lay face down, to injecting an oil to press the retina back.

I have close friends that have had 3 of the 4 I listed. All but one has turned out very well, and the one that didn't is because he had the worse detachment which required more procedures...

Good luck, just be sure you get the best surgeon!
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Originally Posted by Eastport205 View Post
Someone in my family has one, she sees a "hole" in her vision, not much they can do about hers, I wish you luck . They got bopped in the eye and was left with this
To me that sounds more like molecular degenerative eye disease? The black hole continues to grow larger and larger in diameter to where there is no longer sight

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If I'm not mistaken and I could very well be, torn is different than detached. I hope for him it is repairable
Sugar Ray Lenard had a partially detached retina and it was successfully repaired so he could return to the ring. His was repaired at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.
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seeing bright light flashes out the side of the eye?
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I thought I had the same, I had a nice vision cut in the upper left quadrant of my left eye. Eye doctor could find nothing wrong. Turned out to be a very large pituitary tumor pressing on my optic nerve.
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I thought I had the same, I had a nice vision cut in the upper left quadrant of my left eye. Eye doctor could find nothing wrong. Turned out to be a very large pituitary tumor pressing on my optic nerve.
How are you making out with the tumor? Hopefully they were able to zap it and eliminate it.
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I was fishing offshore this past July with the wife and kids and lost vision. Had surgery two days later for a giant retinal year. Four surgeries later and I am almost 100% and rode rollercoasters today with my daughter at Disney. Make sure to get the best surgeon around. My doc was great. Take what you hear from others with a grain of salt. Retina issues are very different depending on the injury and individual. Good luck
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No tear or detachment. Fluid present which is a common occurrence after 60. It causes floaters and hopefully nothing more. In my case it’s floaters only. If you seen any visual changes, GET CHECKED!!

Thanks for everyone’s input!
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A toast to good news. Looking good
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floaters can do strange things.
driving one day I had a blind spot when I looked at road signs, but then went away.
was told it was just a floater getting in the way
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floaters can do strange things.
driving one day I had a blind spot when I looked at road signs, but then went away.
was told it was just a floater getting in the way
Was that from an ophthalmologist?

It sounds more like a cotton wool spot, which can cause a dark/blind spot until it resolves.
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I was just at the ophthalmologist last week for flashers after a well placed nerf dart shot by my 4 year old son. I couldn't even be mad. We were having a nerf gun battle and he hit me in the eye from 10 yards. Eye doctor says everything will be fine.
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Originally Posted by Still Stoked View Post
No tear or detachment. Fluid present which is a common occurrence after 60. It causes floaters and hopefully nothing more. In my case it’s floaters only. If you seen any visual changes, GET CHECKED!!

Thanks for everyone’s input!
Welcome to my world, I have an annoying floater in my left eye, just one so far. I'm glad there's no damage old man
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Originally Posted by ericinmich View Post
Was that from an ophthalmologist?

It sounds more like a cotton wool spot, which can cause a dark/blind spot until it resolves.
It was many years ago and I do not remember what he was.

where is this cotton wool coming from inside my eye, never heard of that.

but then I do not remember a dark spot, just a blank area when I looked directly at a sign

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