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Old 11-01-2012, 12:10 PM   #1
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Tear in retina

OK, went to the doc and he saw something in my left eye....

Went to a retina specilist.... and she said 'it looks like you had a small tear in your retina, but what he saw was scare tissue'.... not great but...

It was her next stmt that I need some info about... 'I can see a small tear in your right retina, we will have to laser it'....


Now, I am very nearsighted, so it is not unusual for this to happen (what I am told)... but, just want to see if anybody has had this done and what to expect... she did not seem that worried, but said to call if I see flashes etc.... I go in next Tues to get it done....
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Old 11-01-2012, 01:18 PM   #2
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My wife had a small tear as well. Dr. said it would heal on its own, which it did. Same warning on the flashes, which is what sent her to the optometrist then to the ophthalmologist in the first place. No experience with the laser treatment. Good luck with our procedure.
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Old 11-01-2012, 03:38 PM   #3
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I've had several laser treatments on my retinas - for macular degeneration, not a tear. But the process is fast and not at all painful. There is a little discomfort from the contact lense they use to direct the laser and hold your eye still but on a scale of 1 (least bothersome) to 10 (OMG !) its about a 2.

Good luck with the laser treatment and for healed retinas !
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Good luck with the procedure--let us know how it goes. You're so lucky the new tear got found.
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I had a severe tear from an accident last year. A big flash followed by a lot of "floaters" told me something was seriously wrong. They tried to fix it by injecting a gas bubble and having be hold my head in one position for a few days. It didnt work. Three laser procedures later it was repaired. The downside of all that laser energy was a cataract in that eye, so Im getting a lens replacement. BTW, Im 59, nearsighted with astigmatism.
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I had a severe tear from an accident last year. A big flash followed by a lot of "floaters" told me something was seriously wrong. They tried to fix it by injecting a gas bubble and having be hold my head in one position for a few days. It didnt work. Three laser procedures later it was repaired. The downside of all that laser energy was a cataract in that eye, so Im getting a lens replacement. BTW, Im 59, nearsighted with astigmatism.

Let me know how the lens replacement goes....

I am (almost) 55, very nearsighted with astigmatism...
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I have had too many laser treatments on my retina to remember in addition to a (scleral buckle) surgery for a detached retina 18 years ago. [Retinal disease was the cause of my ER - had to stop practicing dentistry at age 44]. In any event, the laser does 'spot welding' and re-attaches the retina where it became detached or is about to detach in the periphery. If there is a serious and more severe detachment, there may be flashes of light in the periphery, at which point you drop whatever you are doing and go to your retina doc or Eye Hospital promptly.
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OK, went to the doc and he saw something in my left eye....

Went to a retina specilist.... and she said 'it looks like you had a small tear in your retina, but what he saw was scare tissue'.... not great but...

It was her next stmt that I need some info about... 'I can see a small tear in your right retina, we will have to laser it'....


Now, I am very nearsighted, so it is not unusual for this to happen (what I am told)... but, just want to see if anybody has had this done and what to expect... she did not seem that worried, but said to call if I see flashes etc.... I go in next Tues to get it done....
Your lucky, go for it.

Years ago, wife saw flashes. saw Doctor asap. Md said wait and watch.

Couple of days later, saw Optomologist, torn retina. Did the "gas bubble" procedure, did not work. Had to have surgery, metal band around the eye ball to gold the retina in place,

If first Md referred wife to specialist, for laser, would have avoided surgery and many days of recuperating, eye drops in eye, swollen eye, etc....

Do not wait, first sign of flashes, go in.....
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I double what everyone says, first sign of flashes see doc.

I've had buckles (full "spot welding") of retinas in both eyes and as a result, was the last straw in having replacement lenses by way of cataract surgery for both.

After undergoing full cataract surgery for detached retina in one eye, when I saw flashes in the other eye, doctor said could fix in office via laser but would likely lose some peripheral vision. But given I had an 80% detachment just two years earlier, doc recommended full buckle treatment in second eye.

With four surgeries, I see better now than I have since 12 years old! Except for need of reading glasses of course.

All this happened when in early 50's, now 63.
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