Discussion in 'Laser Eye Surgery' started by surya, Apr 25, 2005.

  1. surya

    surya Guest

    Hi friends,
    I underwent urgent laser treatment for retinal tear on 22/04/2005. As
    per the doctor, it takes around 8-10 days for the wound to heal and the
    scars to take grip. He said do not lift heavy weights, watch out for
    any unusual floaters, flash etc but otherwise can resume normal
    activity. But I have a lingering doubt that since the scar formation
    is still in delicate state and I am highly myopic, as a precaution I
    should avoid driving car, travel by bus etc at least for the grip
    period of next 10 days. What do YOU think. Am I being overcautious.

    I am 55 years old, have high myopia (-12 in both eyes).

    surya, Apr 25, 2005
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  2. surya

    Neil Brooks Guest

    If possible, I would err to the conservative, avoiding all unnecessary

    You have *nothing* to lose and much to gain. We're talking about a
    short period of time.

    Best of luck!
    Neil Brooks, Apr 25, 2005
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  3. Something like this is not prudent to ask the opinion of this newsgroup. You
    should ash this of YOUR doctor, as he is the one responsible for your care.
    Unfortunately, in a newsgroup forum, you have no idea who you are getting
    advice from, and it would therefore be foolish to assume you are getting
    good advice .
    David Robins, MD, Apr 25, 2005
  4. surya

    The Real Bev Guest

    It's not always possible to get in touch with one's own doctor to ask a
    general question, especially if it's not an emergency. I think we all need the
    occasional opinion from a professional (the docs here, for instance) with no
    actual stake in the matter, who can be objective, and who is willing to spend
    the time to answer.

    OTOH, surya probably hasn't been here long enough to recognize the loons for
    what they are. Fortunately they haven't picked up on this thread.
    The Real Bev, Apr 29, 2005
  5. OTOH: each case is individual, and generalizations regarding activity, etc.
    can be incorrect. Since misinformation carries a high risk in the early
    postoperative period, I would never presume to give advice in that regard.
    If something adverse were to happen in a high myope such as this, the
    results could be devastating.

    A general question such as this should always be directed to the doctor in
    question, especially where it involves subspecialty care, such as a retinal
    procedure. The office staff often knows the routine and could answer much
    better than a newsgroup.

    For example, even though I am an ophthalmologist, the question posed in this
    case even I would not answer, as the generalization is not specific to this
    David Robins, MD, Apr 29, 2005
  6. surya

    The Real Bev Guest

    Is a general answer to a general question worse than no answer at all? My MIL
    has serious heart problems, a stable of doctors, and finds it impossible to
    get her cardiologist(s) (from The Top Local Cardiogroup) to return phone calls
    or even renew prescriptions on a timely basis. If her concern is "If I fall
    on it will I hurt my Medtronics pacemaker?" the general answer by an on-line
    doc: "No. Any fall that will hurt the pacemaker will have killed you." is
    much better than none at all, especially if the patient hasn't slept for days
    worrying about it.

    Having to deal with her doctors has definitely been an (ob)eye-opener. Don't
    ever get sick. Stay healthy until you're 100 and then get squashed by a
    cement truck.
    The Real Bev, Apr 30, 2005
  7. Is a general answer to a general question worse than no answer at all?

    Can be the case. You can give someone information that they think is
    therefore appropriate to them, which they then follow rather than asking
    their doctor, because they think it applies to them. It must be phrased that
    in general, this is the situation, but that it may be the wrong information
    for them in particular. When they come asking, what do you think about this,
    because I don't want to bother my doctor, they are asking the group's
    opinion about what they should do. This patient wanted reassuring
    information that the activity they wanted to do would be OK, rather than ask
    their doctor. I would say that it varies from case to case.

    My MIL
    David Robins, MD, May 2, 2005
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