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Old 10-05-2009, 01:35 PM
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I've been gone for a number of weeks. Drove to Wisconsin (from Fla) on vacation and while there suffered a detatched retina. Got home and had to have extensive surgery and part of the healing was no reading or computer for the first two weeks.
I went completely blind in that eye and it will be 6 to 8 weeks before I'll know how much vision will return. It's my shootin' eye, too!!
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Old 10-05-2009, 01:59 PM
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I've been gone for a number of weeks. Drove to Wisconsin (from Fla) on vacation and while there suffered a detatched retina. Got home and had to have extensive surgery and part of the healing was no reading or computer for the first two weeks.
I went completely blind in that eye and it will be 6 to 8 weeks before I'll know how much vision will return. It's my shootin' eye, too!!
Welcome back! I hate to hear about your detachment. In May 2001, at the age of 40, I had a complete retinal detachment in my right eye, which was 2-1/2 years after cataract surgery and at the time I was diagnosed with Fuchs' Corneal Endothelial Dystrophy (Corneas dying off). The reattachment surgery was over 2 hours for me. After the detachment I had several serious complications. Since then, I've also had a "partial" corneal transplant in that same eye. Now, the best that I can see in my right is 20/40 with correction and about 20/50 to 20/60 without correction.

I hope you are able to regain complete vision in that eye. I know what you are going through and it's not easy.

I will certainly be thinking of you. Keep us updated on your progress.

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Old 10-05-2009, 02:27 PM
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Thanks, Paul. It was a little short of two hours for mine. I had all the indicators: age, nearsightedness, cataracts, family history of detatchment and glaucoma.
It's been a little over three weeks now and I have a full field of vision but it's very blurry and there is still a remnant of the gas bubble that was injected into the eyeball. Doc also put a buckle around the eye in addition to what he did inside.
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I forgot about the "buckle" (schleral buckle). I guess it will always be there. If you're just three weeks out from surgery you may get more of your vision back. I was also severely nearsighted. The say that is one of the highest risks because the eyeball is elongated which means that the retina is stretched thinner than the round eyeball.

One of the complications I had was the IOP (intraoccular pressure) went very very high. It was bad enough that every other day for almost two weeks, I had to be driven the 40 miles to the surgeon's office and he would insert a needle into the eye to relieve the pressure. As the oral meds took effect almost two weeks later, he was able to stop relieving the pressure that way, thank goodness! Due to the high pressure, the lens was pushed forward against the back of the iris and caused damage there. About 3 different times, after he relieved the pressure, he would take another needle, insert into the eye on one side of the iris to push it back in place and then the other side. That hurt. lol

Now, I still have damage to the occular nerve from the high pressure which is part of my vision problem.

But, I still have my other eye that is good, just a failing cornea.

We do what we must and before you know it, you'll be back to normal.
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Old 10-05-2009, 03:21 PM
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Isn't it a small world.

My 2-year anniversary check up is this Friday. What a scary thing this detachment stuff is. Mine was a full in my right eye and a partial in my left which they were able to tack down with a lazar procedure. When the specialist found out I had been walking around, going on vacation and attending our county fair over the course of a month he completely freaked out. I was in surgery the next morning. Everything is fine now, no problems. Except I can't see very well without my glasses and when I rub my eye I can feel the buckle.

Every time I hear new info about the helath care bill I think what would have happened if I needed this surgery under Obamas plan. They'd probably let it go with the explaination that it was elective surgery cause I have two eyes. So what if one goes blind. Scary.

Take it easy Rice Paddy. Ask for help for anything. Don't rush things cause it does take time for things to heal. Even a year later I was still recovering to a smaller extent. And, went through several new percriptions during that time. Most importantly - follow the docs rules about bending, lifting, stooping, stuff like that. I made the mistake of stooping down to pick up something I had dropped and OMG!!! I thought my eye was gonna explode!

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Old 10-05-2009, 04:53 PM
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My list of no-no's they gave me said "no contact sports for three months." Now, at 61 I'm not really going to be playing tackle football anytime soon, but can ya shoot? That's my biggest enjoyment in life - collecting and shooting military surplus weapons.
I'm afraid to ask the doc, but I guess I'll have to.
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what causes a retina to detach in the first place ?

we'll be praying for you , rpd -
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Wow! Sorry to hear about the eye RPD, and the dominant one too, that's a bummer. Take care of yourself man. Prayers for a full recoup.

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Rice paddy daddy , welcome back. we have been holden the fort down as best we could , missed your posts. Sorry about the eye problems , growing old ain't for sissies huh
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Hey! Welcome back!

Sorry to hear about the detached retina. I've heard that they are hard to heal. I hope that yours heals quickly.
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I would definitely ask about shooting. My understanding was they didn't want me involved in anything that would cause an impact to my head. I did fly a few months after my surgery though. And I have been taking shooting lessons again, since the summer, but I'm at two years post-op.

Moose - the causes vary. But, if the detachment isn't caused by a severe impact to the head, like a car accident or having your head slammed hard it's usually a combination of age, near sightedness and a stigmatism which means you're eye isn't round it's oblong.

The retnia is a thin film, like that layer on the inside of an egg. And the inside of your eye is a kinda jello material. As we age, the jello material shrinks and pulls away sometimes taking the retnia with it. That's why you can get tears, partial or full detachments.

I don't really know how they reattach it. My doc tried to explain it, but I didn't want that visual floating around in my head while I had one eye patched over.

I do know - which was more info than I wanted - that they take your eye out to fix it. Gross!

My sis said what ever bar fight I was in - I lost And she wouldn't let me around any mirros until the swelling and bruising went down.

BTW RPD - did your doc tell you you'll probably develop cateracts at a younger age than normal? Then they go back in a fix those as well. Oh boy.
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Old 10-06-2009, 11:27 AM
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I "came to" about halfway thru - you can kinda see the the probes and whatnot the Doc uses inside the eye to push the retina back into place and smooth out the fluid from behind it. After what seemed like forever he then sealed the tears with lasers.
I asked him beforehand if I would be knocked out for the proceedure and he said no, too dangerous, but that I would be "made comfortable." That was a lie. Nothin' comfortable about it.
I learned a valuable lesson - at the first small signs of detatchment, get your self to the retina specialist. In the first day or two it can be fixed in the office with a laser.
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When I had my detachment, they put me out with general anesthesia.

As to the shooting,... probably not for at least the first 3 months or longer. It may just be the "jar" effect as well as any kickback. I wasn't allowed to use my tiller at all that first year due to the vibrations.

Wishing you a full and speedy recovery.
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Old 10-13-2009, 06:04 PM
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Well, just had my 4 week check up. Still have a remnant of the gas bubble, but everyday the vision gets a little better. I could read the second line on the eye chart.
Still have double vision if I keep both eyes open, and it's still blurry and wavy, but every day it's getting better.
Next check up is in 2 months.
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that is alot to happen ...i am so sorry for all the problems u had.Hopefully u are on the mend and will be good as new very soon.rae-dean
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How do you know if you have detatched your retina?
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How do you know if you have detatched your retina?
The retina is a lining like wall paper on the inside of your eye. Detatchment starts as a small tear, and at this stage can be easily fixed. The signs at this stage are a change in the "floaters" you see, if they turn into little dark black round ones, that's a sign of bleeding. Also a small area of blurring may occur.
The next stage occurs when the vitreous fluid inside your eye goes thru the tear, gets behind the lining and starts pulling it away from the eye wall. At this point it's like a dark curtain coming across your field of vision. From this point until my vision was completely obscured was a matter of only 5 days.
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I am glad to hear it's improving for you.
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Hay R.P.D. do ya get that detached retina from snapping your head around to fast when the pretty womens pass by or is it when the lovely wife smacks you along side the head when you oogle to long ?
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At my age I've learned to be discreet!
However, having only one eye does cut down on "art appreciation."
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