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Old 06-29-2013, 03:39 AM   #21
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Had retina tear, flashes, floaters and internal bleeding in my right eye. I've had similar surgery as Silver described earlier in this thread. Recovery involves face down position for 3 weeks. Had cataract done the following year. Everything is fine and I am very careful with my eyes. I am told to avoid carrying heavy objects, contact sports and diving. My friend had similar surgery but was not careful during recovery. His retina got detached again and had problem regaining full sight.
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Old 06-29-2013, 06:57 AM   #22
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This algorithm will be helpful to some of you:

http://familydoctor.org/familydoctor...-problems.html

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Okay, so I'm telling this story to suggest we all keep an eye out (heh, heh) for similar symptoms AND to suggest at least yearly eye-health check ups (not just refraction for glasses). Apparently, this is reasonably common for folks of our tender ages. YMMV
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My wife has had vision problems for a number of years and goes to her eye doctor for regular checkups. Her father had macular degeneration so she is very cautious. Couple years ago she had some problems with her vision and her doctor refered her to a retina specialist who diagnosed her problem as a "wrinkeled retina". She had to undergo surgery for a retina peal, where the surgeon pealed away a couple layers of the retina to improve her vision. Something I never had heard of and didn't know was possible. Her eyesight is better but not perfect and the retina specialist says there is nothing further he can do. Unbelieveable what they can and cannot do.
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Old 06-30-2013, 03:13 PM   #24
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Darn, this made me think about my tinnitus which is always there but normally forgotten
Damn. You can get that in your eyes too? Some day we will beat that thing!!!
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Aside from nearsightedness, presbyopia, astigmatism, and floaters, my eyes are perfect!
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Aside from nearsightedness, presbyopia, astigmatism, and floaters, my eyes are perfect!
So, no cataracts or macular degeneration?
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So, no cataracts or macular degeneration?
Just the usual wear and tear that goes with being less young...
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My Father had glaucoma late in life, now I am approaching that stage, so I resolved to commence regular eye exams.

In Jan last year I went to an ophthalmologist and got the typical 'do you prefer this or that' type of refraction exam and then the physician looked at my eyes and said I was good to go.

This year, in fact today, I opted for a clinic associated with Pacific University. The intern spent a long time looking at my retina and blood vessels in my eyes and told me that they normal for my age, spotted a condition associated with cholesterol. She also told me that I had small seborrheic keratosis on my lower eyelid, that if I went to a dermatologist to ask about removal. She used a couple machines, one that measured my acuity and another peripheral vision. The student told me that the acuity measurement was a ball-park tool which she used to confirm my refraction exam of the 'do you prefer this or that' type. I came out with a stronger glasses prescription, advice about the selection of lenses, discussion about eye conditions associated with aging. I was frankly impressed with the student's medical knowledge and came away feeling well cared for. The student's eye evaluation was confirmed by an evaluation by one of her professors. If Pacific University's clinic is typical I highly recommend using a teaching clinic for eye exams.
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