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Old 08-17-2012, 12:03 PM   #21
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Very interesting to read other folk's experiences with detachment, repair and recovery. I've been very nearsighted since childhood and I remember getting my first pair of glasses at age 8 and the eye doctor warning me about my retinas. He said that I should never dive face first into water, and avoid getting hit in the face. He described the symptoms of detachment.

I've never had a detachment but one time I had a moving spot that looked like shattered glass and I immediately went to an ophthalmologist who said it was an ophthalmic migraine. I see an ophthalmologist every year and so far my retinas are good.

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Old 08-17-2012, 12:55 PM   #22
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Old 08-17-2012, 05:12 PM   #24
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Originally Posted by Zantastic View Post
Best wishes for a speedy recovery!

Besides Nords' link above, I also found some info on Wikipedia: Retinal detachment - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

I was at first surprised that so many posters knew about this ailment. Then, the article above says that the lifetime risk for a person is 1 in 300, increasing to 1 in 20 for people with severe myopia (above 56 diopters). Wow!

The most important thing I learn is to get immediate medical attention, or permanent blindness will result in a matter of days. This is scary stuff.
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Old 08-17-2012, 06:24 PM   #25
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There are other reasons than a detached retina to see "sparkles." I get "sparkles" in my vision sometimes when I get up very quickly, but my understanding is that this is due to the sudden change in blood pressure, not retinas.


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