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Old 12-11-17, 08:51 PM   #1
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Six weeks ago I couldn't spell vitreous detachment, and now I gots one!

This is about as aggravating as it gets. I went to my eye doctor and a retinal specialist, about 4-1/2 hours of flashing lights and Drs. looking at my eye, all to tell me there is basically nothing they or I can do. So for the next 3 months or so I am looking through haze, fog or wisps of smoke....but it could be worse!
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Old 12-11-17, 08:52 PM   #2
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Does it get better over time?
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Old 12-11-17, 08:56 PM   #3
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Ouch!

My dad detached his retina while in college many moons ago. It cost him the vision in the upper portion of his left eye, and further cost him a regular Army officer commission. It's plagued him for the rest of his life and drove him nuts because it affected his depth perception so badly.

Prayers offered for your full recovery, Brother Bill. Hopefully it won't affect your casting too adversely in the time it takes to heal.
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Terry, it will gradually clear over the next 3-6 months, according to the retina spec. There is no tear at this time, just a blood vessel in the retina that is being pulled by the vitreous. So, no heavy lifting or anything that could jar the eye. Driving, light work, all on the OK list.

Dr said I have a 10% chance of a retinal tear in the next week, after that it drops to 1%.
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Praying for you brother!
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Been there, done that, got the t shirt. Welcome to aging...

You'll be fine.
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Old 12-12-17, 12:59 PM   #8
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Welcome to geezerdom aye! I have this also, it can cause the retina to detach which means blindness if not repaired fairly quick.
My 1st indication was a flash of light while in the dark in the right corner of my right eye.
I first thought I was seeing lighting in the distance. After understanding it was in my eye I called an eye doc and was told rush in and get it checked it can be an indication of the beginning of a detached retina!
After seeing a Retina specialist it was determined my Retina was fine, this has been maybe 5 years ago at least, time is on a run away train it seems.
I also was told it would probably resolve on it's own or maybe not. Well I still have the flashing light in that eye hmm.
I was told to watch for any increase in floaters or loss of peripheral vision and to come in immediately if this happens. Good luck with yours FP!
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The guideline for retinal detachment is if you see lighting bolts vs. simple flashes off to the sides. If you see lighting then get to the eye doc - now.


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Old 12-12-17, 02:54 PM   #10
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Be sure you follow the doc's orders to the letter and do not hesitate to call with any question you have or unexpected events. The part about avoiding strain is especially critical. A lot of eye tissue is very soft and very wet and tears easily without a constant eye fluid (vitreous humor) pressure.
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