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Has anybody ever had surgery to repair a hole in your retina?

Last post Jan 14, 2004 10:44 PM by gramalinda . 11 replies.


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  • Has anybody ever had surgery to repair a hole in your retina?
    My left eye started giving me trouble about a month ago and that was my good eye. I had a spot right dead center that I just couldn't see out of. The first time I really noticed it I was driving at night and for some reason closed my right eye. The tail lights on the car that was a ways ahead of me just plain disappeared. I couldn't see that car at all. Scared me Big Time. Because I'm diabetic, I see a specialist at least once a year so I went to him. He said it is a hole in my retina...they appear spontaneously...usually in women and usually between age 50 and 65. They can do surgery with about an 80% chance of helping or I can learn to live with it. He says it probably won't get much worse, but no guarantees. I have to decide what I want to do. The thought of eye surgery really turns me off, but I don't want to lose my eyesight. If anybody has had this surgery, please tell me your experience. Did it help?
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  • RE: Has anybody ever had surgery to repair a hole in your retina?
    I don't know anyone that had the surgery. However, an elderly friend of ours developed this condition. She opted to deal with it, partly due to her age and because she was already legally blind in the other eye and did not want to risk surgery on the "good" eye.

    Both my Mom, my aunt and my SIL have all had different eye surgeries and all with very good results and little complications at all. Most eye surgery now is laser, so less invasive than it used to be. You might want to get more info on the surgery before you make a decision.
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    I've had laser surgery on both eyes, to repair some minor problems, and that was no big deal. This is invasive and the Dr. said it's quite a lot more complicated than catarract surgery. My DH had that surgery on both eyes and there really wasn't much to that. The Dr. said this hole is in the worst possible place it could be. He said if it was off to the side of the retina it would be much easier to deal with, but this is right in the center. When I look at something, it either just disappears or it looks all wavy. I had just gotten new glasses and I even went back and had them check to make sure they ground the lenses right and didn't just put plain glass in the left side. This came on so suddenly.
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  • RE: Has anybody ever had surgery to repair a hole in your retina?
    Tough decision. Hopefully someone has some good experiences to share with you.
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  • RE: Has anybody ever had surgery to repair a hole in your retina?
    Could you get a second opinion?

    If you decide to have surgery, follow the doctors orders to the letter!

    I have had surgeries for a detached retina, retinal tears, and high eye pressure. I see a specialist at the medical school in Oregon.

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  • RE: Has anybody ever had surgery to repair a hole in your retina?
    Dear Gramalinda,
    Morning!!
    What a scary and overwhelming dilema you must be facing, my heart goes to you, our eyesight is one of most precious gifts.

    There has been outstanding and remarkable improvements and advances in opthalmology.
    Take your time, if permissable
    Get a second opinion, is he board certified, does he specialize in the surgical procedure you are contemplating, ask around.

    I had eye surgery for a detached retina when I was 16 years old.
    About 10 years ago, cataract extraction and inocular implant.
    Just remember that we all have the best intentions in our hearts and thoughts for you, and all our prayers for strength, guidance and our loving support.
    Love & Hugs...Darla
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  • RE: Has anybody ever had surgery to repair a hole in your retina?
    I had a big black spot in my left eye and our Dr. of Optometry sent me to a cataract specialist. That Dr took one look and said:"hemorrhage, go so a retina specialist"
    By the time I had an appointment 150 mi away, the bleeding had stopped.
    The exam was : a shot of iodine into the veine and a lg number of pictures taken with a microscopic camera. On the lg computer screen the pupil of my eye was as large as a basket ball and the hemorrhage looked like a big fluffy reddish-pink cloud.
    Since the bleeding had stopped there was nothing they could do. I was told the sptwoud eventually get very small as the blood was absorbed by the body but I would have scarring. Andthat is what happened. No more black spot except when I first open my eye inthe morning and look at something white (the celing) but the small spot disappears in a second. However, the vision in that eye is wavy and distorted.
    May I ask if it was a retina specialist who diagnosed this as a hole i the retines ??
    Since you are a diabetic your are prone to wet macular degenration , the type I had. only mine is age related because I am not diabetic..
    I would be interested to hear what type of Dr didthe diagnosis.
    If it is wet macular dgeneration, it can be controlled.
    I now have the dry degeneration in my right eye and just gave up driving a few weeks ago. I use strength 6 maginfying reading glasses plus a handheld magnifying glass to read and still can no longer read finer print. If there was a way to operate to cure the dry degeneration, I would take the chance in a heartbeat, but there is nothing any doctor can do.
    And yes, do get a second opinion from another (retina) specialist.
    Good luck,
    Grelo
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  • RE: Has anybody ever had surgery to repair a hole in your retina?
    I would get a 2nd opinion. My husband has had two retinal detatchments. One in each eye. The second was in Dec. 2002. We were standing in a store an he noticed he could not see to the side only in front. Next day called a Dr., seen him and he told us to call a specialist right away. We called the one he had back in the eightys. He told us to be in his office the next morning at 9am. It was a 2hr. drive and also Christmas day. My husband was in surgery at 11am and we got home late that same night. He sees very well now. He has also had a lens implant in both eyes, done by a different Dr. My DH is only 46 yrs. old. Both Drs. are fantastic Drs. They take the time to listen.
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  • RE: Has anybody ever had surgery to repair a hole in your retina?
    Grelo, It sounds like I had the same kind of exam you had. They took pictures about three different ways. One was a side view of the retina. Comparing the picture of a side view of a normal retina to my pictures, it's evident even to me that there is a hole there. They spent a lot of time examining me and taking pictures. This office is a retina specialist, and this Dr. is the best Dr. they have. He is supposed to be one of the top ten in the U.S. at what he does and is very highly recommended by others in his field. I wouldn't even know who else to see about a second opinion, but I can check around. They are not putting pressure on me to make a decision fast but he says that if we do surgery it needs to be done within two years of the time the problem started. That was about a month ago, so I have some time to decide. I think any pressure to make a decision is coming from me. I just don't want to lose my eyesight. As far as I'm concerned, next to losing my mind, my eyesight is the last thing I want to lose. I know these sorts of operations are done every day, but I really don't like people messing with my eyes. Thanks for all your advise. I'll let you know what I decide.
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  • RE: Has anybody ever had surgery to repair a hole in your retina?
    You might want to get a second opinion if you are uncomfortable with the doctor. I've had cataract and glaucoma surgery in both of my eyes. A torn rectina is very serious. When I've had flashes they have had me go to the ER to make sure it was a torn rectina. If it were me I would have it repaired. JMO I wish you luck.
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  • RE: Has anybody ever had surgery to repair a hole in your retina?
    My sister has had the surgery. From what you describe it is just like hers. The hole was in the front and when she tried to look through it everything was wavy. The first hole she had was from Macular Degeneration and they repaired that and they put some type of gas behind her eye to press against the repair and keep it from opening again. She had to keep her head down for several weeks to keep the gas over the whole eye. Even had to sleep that way. This took several weeks to heal and everything looked good and then her retina detached so she had to have surgery again and have the gas behind her eye again and head down for weeks. Her vision isn't perfect but the vision she gets from that eye helps her other eye so she doesn't have a blind side peripherally. If something should happen to the other eye she would not be able to drive but she is glad she did it because it was hard looking through a hole.
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  • RE: Has anybody ever had surgery to repair a hole in your retina?
    That sounds just the way the Dr. described what they need to do to me. I know they do a lot of eye surgeries anymore, but I guess I just have a problem with anybody messing with my eyes. I can hardly put eye drops in. It looks like I'm going to have to get over that and have something done.
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