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Hi everyone,I have joined this group to see if I can find out some answers for my husband.He had retinal detachment surgery on his birthday 19/09/11 three weeks later when he went back for a check-up the specialist said the retina was starting to come away again so he had another surgery on 10/10/11. he is now saying that he is seeing everything curved and he still seeing a few small black dots. I was wondering if anyone could tell me if this is normal after retinal detachment surgery. today he was saying that his other eye is starting to get a shadow at the side of his vision and I am praying that the retina is not starting to detach on that eye too.
Posted on 11/10/11, 06:08 am
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Reply #1 - 11/13/11  5:06pm
" There may be a few floaters left after surgery depending on what kind of surgery he got. He should still go to the doc and tell him/her of his concerns-including the new shadow on the other eye. Detached retina is very serious and needs to be looked at as imediately. "
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Reply #2 - 11/14/11  4:38am
" Thanks thewalker
My husband had gas put in for both operations and what I could not understand was that after the first op he only had to position his head for four hours and after the second op he did not have to position his head all all. He is having all his treatment at The Sydney eye hospital so I am sure they know what they are doing but every thing I have read said that positioning the head is very important for the healing process. I have told him to ring for an appointment to have his good eye checked out but he said he will wait until he has to go back for his checkup which is not for another two weeks. "
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Reply #3 - 11/14/11  8:15pm
" Also, as far as head positioning after surgery-it depends on where in the eye the detachment has occured. Sometimes, you have to position your head down, sometimes you cannot lie flat-it all depends on the detachment. "
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Reply #4 - 11/14/11  8:20pm
" I had 2 detachments in my right eye, very close (within one month). One year later, I had a detachment in my left eye. Once you have one, you are at much higher risk for another so in my opinion he should NOT wait 2 weeks if he is seeing a shadow in his other eye. Surgery for detachments must be done within a few days of the detachment or blindness or severe loss of vision will result. Please express to your husband how important this is. A shower of floaters, shadows, spider webs, flashes of light etc. are grounds for seeing a doc as fast as you can. It is an emergency!!!! "
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Reply #5 - 11/16/11  7:02am
" Hi thewalker I was just wondering if your detachment happened for no reason, meaning you did not have diabetes or a knock on the head or something like that. My husband just detached for no reason and his GP said it is very uncommon. He knows how important it is to have it repaired quickly but he still refuses to go change his appointment, I seem to be more about about them him. He waited almost three weeks before he sort help with the first detachment, if he would have gone as soon as he started seeing the floaters he might not have had to have the second op.
Thank you for your help. "
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Reply #6 - 11/16/11  5:46pm
" Hi Aussiek, I know what you are going through. I have a hard time getting my husband to go to the doc when he should but I keep at him till he gives in from sheer exhaustion. I had my detached retinas just out of the blue. No knocks on the head or anything like that. My doc said there are many cases where the retina detaches for no other reason than certain risk factors such as-extreme near-sightedness, something call lattice degeneration or when the vitreous detaches (happens to everyone at a certain age)-it takes the retina with it for some people. It is does not have to be because of an accident of some sort. GPs really do not know anywhere as much as retinal specialists know. The first time it happened to me, I went to the emergency room and at first they thought it was a stroke and they could'nt and did'nt do a thing for me. The very next day, I called my ophthamalogist and he referred me to a retina specialist who operated within 2 days. Time is of the essence when it comes to saving your sight in cases of detached retina. In fact any problem with the eye should be looked at as soon as possible. I know people who have lost their vision due to not getting to the doc soon enough.
I'm sorry to belabor this point but it is of the utmost importance. That said, you can't force another person to do something they just won't do. "
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Reply #7 - 11/17/11  5:30am
" Thank you again thewalker
My husband is saying that his good eye is different and that the retina is not detaching but I don't know weather to believe him. I think I am just going to have to sit it out and wait for his appointment on the 28th of this month as I am only banging my head against a brick wall trying to get him to make an early appointment. He was lucky the fist time, when he fineally went to his GP he sent hime straight to our local hospital and it was a Sunday and he had to wait there to see an eye specialist who made an appointment for him to go to the Sydney eye hospital the very next day for the operation. He had it done late afternoon and came home the next morning and then he had to go back a week later for a check-up and then again two weeks later when they said it was detaching again and they did the second op that same day, so he does know how important it is to get it seen to straight away. The only reason he might be putting it off is he is scared to have the other done.I am crossing my fingers that he is telling me the truth and it is a different thing happening to his good eye. I was thing it could be caused by straining his good eye because he still cannot see through the eye that was operated on, he said every thing looks curved. How long did it take for your sight to get back to normal or will he have to wait for new glasses to correct it. "
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Reply #8 - 11/17/11  5:49pm
" I had the gas bubble surgery with vitrcetomy and laser. It took several weeks for the gas bubble to go down. When it did, my vision was worse but I got new glasses. Then, I developed a cataract in the eye which happens sometimes after eye surgery. After that I had the cataract removed. the same thing happened eventually with the other eye and so had to have another cataract surgery and after that, I did not need glasses except for computer work. "
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Reply #9 - 11/19/11  6:56am
" Hi thewalker it sounds like it all worked out for you in the end, I hope my husband has the same outcome. I will let you know how he goes with his next appointment. There is no way I am going to convince him to go before he has to. He has read all this but it has not changed his mind about getting an earlier appointment at the eye hospital so there is nothing more I can do if he wants to be an idiot. Thanks for all you help and all your replies. "
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Reply #10 - 11/29/11  5:16am
" Hi
Well my husband had his appointment at the eye hospital yesterday and I am happy to say the specialist said he was very happy with his retina that it was in place and going well. He had his other eye checked also and was told it is good. Now he has to wait at least eight months to have the cataract removed from his bad eye which he is still unable to see from even though the specialist said it was going good and he cannot see to read from his good eye as he will need reading glasses but it seems like a lot of wasted money because he will have to get another new pair once he has the cataract removed. he was also told he has a cataract on his good eye but would not need an opp on that for at least a year. "

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