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Old 12-21-17, 06:18 PM   #21
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Praying for you old friend! Don't worry, everything is going to be OK!
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Old 12-21-17, 09:43 PM   #22
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Prayers from my house as well for a speedy recovery.
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Old 12-22-17, 07:38 AM   #23
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...hang in there, Bill...we pray for wisdom for the doctors and for your complete healing...

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Old 12-22-17, 12:17 PM   #24
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Hoping for a speedy and full recovery FP. Scary stuff.
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Old 12-27-17, 10:45 AM   #25
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Surgery yesterday, all is well. Did not cauterize the blood vessel but elected to do the least damage to the retina, so the vessel was "smoothed down" and away from the vitreous. Back to the Dr. this morning, everything normal. I can see better from my left eye than I have in over 2 weeks. Just got back home a few minutes ago.......nap time for me.

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Old 12-27-17, 02:37 PM   #26
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This past Feb. I did have a detached, torn retina - probably the result is being 58 and near sighted. It was very obvious something went wrong, saw what looked like cobwebs, spaghetti noodles, maybe insect parts floating around. Called optometrist and he determined retina was bleeding and off to Athens retina specialist. Repaired next day. Surgery a success but much of the stuff floating around still there after all this time. To attempt to remove the stuff not recommended. Vision mostly 20/20 in bad eye but junk floating is noticeable, constantly moving around, and sometimes blocks a small portion of vision. A little fuzzy where tear was but it is near a corner so not a big impact.

Will reiterate that if you ignore the situation for even a few days the macular can also detach and this generally will lead to virtual blindness since surgical repair of macular not normally very successful. So I guess I'm blessed that the impact though present not near as much as it could be.

The actual surgery no big deal, really only restriction was no reading for a couple of days. No pain involved. Basically you have a 0.2-0.5% chance to detached a retina during lifetime. Happens in one eye odds about 5% for other eye.

Hope you recover. It is a little scary particularly if you rely on eyes for your work.
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Old 12-27-17, 05:04 PM   #27
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mkeller, who was your specialist? I am seeing Dr. Iyer at Athens Retinal Spec. He removed all the floaters....I like your descriptions "cobwebs, spaghetti noodles and insect parts". That best described what I was seeing. I didn't have any retinal detachment or tears, mine was the vitreous detaching, pulling against a blood vessel causing a bleed into the vit. I had my surgery yesterday and Dr. removed all the floaters. Since He removed the floaters and some vitreous fluid along with them, he injected a gas bubble to help with the eye pressure. It will take about a week for the bubble to absorb. I am out of work for a couple of weeks. If I don't go stir crazy or drive Mrs Preacher crazy....
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Old 12-27-17, 05:13 PM   #28
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I will add my Prayers with these other fine folks. Glad you are on the mend Preach!
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Old 12-28-17, 09:42 AM   #29
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I went to Dr. Victor Copeland at Athens Retina Center (across from Athens Country Club). He also has a partner. Dr. Copeland did not recommend removal of floaters. He indicated that this was typically reserved for situations when the floaters are so bad that the eye is essentially useless, otherwise risks of surgery including infection vs. potential benefits not worth it. He indicated that additional tearing of retina was very possible with surgery to remove floaters and then you just create more floaters. He did indicate that your brain over time would tend to compensate and floaters though still present would be less of issue over time. Hope this helps and good luck. Anyone has any questions based on my experience shoot me a private message and we can discuss further by phone or email.
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Old 12-28-17, 11:24 AM   #30
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As always, free advice is priced right but I have some experience with eye issues. But BANG right off the top, follow your surgeon's advice to the letter and if ANYTHING seems other than what they said would occur, call the surgeon immediately. They get paid very nicely to work their micro-surgeries so you need feel no qualms about calling day or night.

My own experience:

- Got my first pair of glasses in kindergarten or first grade.
- Got my first contacts at 18. Hint - do not try to get used to new contacts and your first convertible in the same week .......
- 1980 detached retina requiring two surgeries to repair and 60 days of lifting nothing over ten pounds, staying flat on my back as much as possible and no reading due to eye movement. My retina tear was fixed using gravity. Worse part was watching TV and I learned the abyss of daytime TV!
- Regular checkups and repairs annually since then including cryo and laser repairs in both eyes. First laser fix was interesting. Got the specialist and while in the waiting room you could hear the laser machine cycling with each blast. Saw an elderly man go in and heard the laser pop about 8 times. I figured as I was younger mine would fewer but I lost count of how many times it cycled at 25 or 30 blasts.
- Two years ago had both cataracts done
- I have an annual surgical eye review every year by the retina and cataract specialist (both in same office which is handy)

And with all of this, I followed the doctor's instructions as any miscue could cause even worse damage.

Take care and be thankful what our doctors can do in this age! --jk--
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