Detached retina and weight training

Discussion in 'Optometry Archives' started by Joe, Jan 18, 2005.

  1. Joe

    Joe Guest

    Is there a significantly increased risk of a detached retina occuring during
    weight training? I ask this because I do some resistance training and I'm
    blind in one eye and very short sighted in the other (-5.5) and I'm
    concerned that my training might cause a detached retina in my one useful
    eye. Am I just being paranoid?

    Has anyone heard of a detached retina occuring during weight training? What
    normally causes a detached retina?

    Joe, Jan 18, 2005
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    Lordy Guest

    Fighting in the gym.
    Picking your nose whilst doing dumbell curls.
    Lordy, Jan 18, 2005
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    Lordy Guest

    Lordy, Jan 18, 2005
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    Proton Soup Guest

    If you strain too hard to make a lift, your eyes could literally pop
    right out of your head.
    Proton Soup, Jan 18, 2005
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    Lordy Guest

    Lordy, Jan 18, 2005
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    Mark A Guest

    Mark A, Jan 18, 2005
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    Lee Michaels Guest

    This is why we come to MFW.

    All this great medical info!!

    Thanks man!!
    Lee Michaels, Jan 19, 2005
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    JMW Guest

    Not to mention the rectal prolapse.
    JMW, Jan 19, 2005
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    Mark A Guest

    Only an ophthalmologist (Dr) is qualified to give advice on that
    subject.An OD may be trained to recognize a detached retina, but an ophthalmologist
    is a lot more knowledgeable about the causes and prevention. I suppose you
    are going to tell me that an OD is better than a ophthalmologist to repair a
    detached retina?
    Mark A, Jan 19, 2005
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    Charles Guest

    My optometrist missed the detachment. He diagnosed it as something
    else. However he absolved himself in my eyes by referring me to a well
    qualified ophthalmologist who diagnosed the detachment.
    Charles, Jan 19, 2005
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    Joseph Gwinn Guest

    Umm. Detached retinas are *not* something that an optometrist is
    qualified to treat, and are *not* comparable to cavities in seriousness.

    Only an ophthalmologist (a form of medical doctor) is qualified or
    legally permitted to treat such things as detached retinas, which
    requires surgery.

    Optometrists are legally allowed to prescribe and fit eyeglasses, but
    not to perform surgery.
    Joseph Gwinn, Jan 19, 2005
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    John Guest

    lol What's this?
    John, Jan 19, 2005
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    g.gatti Guest

    what is treatment and prevention?
    please, useful things, not butcher's lies.
    g.gatti, Jan 19, 2005
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    Dr. Leukoma Guest

    Oh, for goodness sake, let's not start on that.

    I have diagnosed many retinal detachments, holes, and breaks during my
    career. It is not that difficult, especially if one dilates the eyes
    and uses the proper ophthalmoscope.

    Insofar as repairs go, of course optometrists don't do that, but
    neither do many ophthalmologists. In my area, the vast majority of
    repairs are done by the retinal subspecialist. I once had the good
    fortune of doing grand rounds with a local retinal specialist, as I had
    come to think that I was "over-referring" patients to the
    subspecialist. What I found was an entire day of patients who were
    referred mostly by the general ophthalmologists in the area for the
    very same conditions I had been referring, with an equal number of
    false positive referrals. BUT, better to be safe than sorry.

    With optometrists performing the majority of eye exams in the U.S. (by
    virtue of numbers and distribution) you can be darn sure that they are
    trained to diagnose retinal detachments.

    Dr. Leukoma, Jan 19, 2005
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    joh Guest

    Please go to a retinal specialist and get an indirect ophthalmoscopy
    done (full retinal exam) The ophhalmologist will examine the whole
    retina thoroughly and check if there are any weak spots.
    joh, Jan 19, 2005
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    joh Guest

    Please go to a retinal specialist and get an indirect ophthalmoscopy
    done (full retinal exam) The ophhalmologist will examine the whole
    retina thoroughly and check if there are any weak spots.
    joh, Jan 19, 2005
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    The Real Bev Guest

    Hrm. Tell that to my mom's quack, a board-certified ophthalmologist,
    who treated her for 5 years for nonexistent AMD and missed the macular
    hole in one eye and the macular bubble in the other.

    I know, I've done a lot of bitching about this jerk, but how on earth do
    you know when a doc is a quack if he seems to have all his ducks in a
    row? It's scary when you can't trust the experts...

    "The last thing you want is for somebody to commit suicide
    before executing them."
    -Gary Deland, former Utah director for corrections
    The Real Bev, Jan 20, 2005
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    Mark A Guest

    I have diagnosed many retinal detachments, holes, and breaks during myMaybe you can diagnose a retinal detachment, but apparently you cannot read.
    The original poster is not looking for a diagnosis of an existing situation,
    he is looking for advice about the possibility of a detachment occurring
    during strenuous physical activity.
    Mark A, Jan 20, 2005
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    The Real Bev Guest

    From whom? The jerk's partner? Every time you go to one doctor,
    duplicate the visit with a different doctor and then do it again if
    there's a disagreement? Somebody on line will sell me information about
    the doctor of my choice -- complaints, disciplinary action, patient
    comments, etc. Why can't we just check with the licensing board
    ourselves for NO charge?

    Look, my mom being unable to drive or read the newspaper or even read
    the goddam basketball scores on her 36" TV set is not YOUR fault, but if
    your idea about second opinions has any value at all you have to do it
    every single time you visit any doctor. My mom trusted this bastard for
    over 10 years. He's board certified. He's respected by other doctors.
    She's had glare problems ever since he did her cataracts -- which he
    told her is normal.

    I want the bastard's head on a platter, but there's no way on earth I
    can get it.

    Of course SoCal has four seasons:
    Earthquake, Mudslide, Brushfire, and Riot
    The Real Bev, Jan 20, 2005
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    Joseph Gwinn Guest

    Most of the time, the problem isn't that the doctor is a quack, it's
    that he's mistaken. So, while checking with the licence board can't
    hurt, it won't often help.

    Nor can civilians tell a good doctor from a bad doctor, until far too

    Even if the doctor is a jerk, his partners may succeed where he has
    failed. I always arrange things so I eventually see multiple doctors
    from a given practice. If they all agree, your chances are much

    Ten years? One second opinion at year one or two probably would have
    done the job. It sounds like the doctor couldn't see through the

    So, the court didn't agree with you?

    Second opinions may be a bad approach, but no better approach is
    available. If it takes a thief to catch a thief, it takes a doctor to
    catch a doctor.

    Joe Gwinn
    Joseph Gwinn, Jan 21, 2005
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