Detached retina and weight training

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

  1. The retina is a light-sensitive membrane lying on, and loosely attached
    to the back of the eye. A heavy blow to the head (especially the eye
    itself) might make some of it rip off from the back of the eye. The
    clear liquid in the eye fills in the gap. The retina still "sees"
    light, but the detached, floating part is no longer in the right place
    to have images focused on it. The eye lens focuses what you see on the
    back of the eye, and the detached part of the retina is no longer
    there. The person suffering from this might see a curtain-like blurring
    obscuring part of his vision in one eye, and it may shift slightly as
    he looks around.

    They have some success using lasers. They "weld" the retina back on to
    the eye in very small spots. If this is not done, more and more of the
    retina can become detached. This is fairly safe; it does not require
    opening the eye. If the problem is from trauma, this may fix the
    problem permanently - if there is no more serious trauma (injuries) to
    the eye.

    Kermit
     
    unrestrained_hand, Jan 21, 2005
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  2. Joe

    The Real Bev Guest

    One ophthalmologist, one optometrist, a lot of assistants. Not
    practical.
    She didn't know any better. He's a nice man. She trusted him.
    Yeah, right!
    In my dreams. I told the quack's receptionist that my family would NOT
    be coming back because of his "treatment" of my mom. I also discussed
    this with the new retinal specialist, who said that the quack was a
    respected member of the profession and that he had previously sent his
    own brother to him. Later on he phoned me and spent considerable time
    explaining that the quack was a respected member blablabla. He was
    unwilling to ask the quack (over 85) to retire, which would have
    satisfied me.

    I suppose I could walk up and down outside his office carrying a big
    sign saying 'Ask me how Dr. X let my mom go blind' but that probably IS
    actionable.

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    Cheers,
    Bev
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    The Real Bev, Jan 21, 2005
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  3. Joe

    Dan Abel Guest


    Moms are kind of like that. When I was a kid, we had a family doctor, Dr.
    Fred Judy. He did *everything*. My mom had a whole bunch of things wrong
    with her, and she had a standing appointment with him every Friday
    morning. She was very unhappy when he retired, even though she admitted
    that since he did *everything*, he wasn't very good at *anything*. He
    repaired my hernia, which was major surgery. The scar looked like hell
    for decades. I had to have the surgery redone (not his fault), and you
    can barely tell that I ever had surgery there. I had allergies, and he
    did the testing and prescribing. When I went off to college, I took my
    allergy stuff, which required injection, to the student health center. I
    had to see the doctor, to get it OKed. He wanted to know why the heck I
    hadn't gone to ABC & XYZ, very competent allergy specialists in my home
    town. I had no clue, of course.
     
    Dan Abel, Jan 21, 2005
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  4. Joe

    The Real Bev Guest

    I suspect the days where The Family Doctor also does surgery are
    numbered. While I like my own personal GP, from his skill (NONE!) at
    removing a yucca spike from my leg I conclude that cutting is not his
    forte.
    I have to wonder if stuff like that is ego ("Hey, I don' need no
    steenkin' experts, I know what I'm doing") or pure
    incompetence/ignorance.

    It's truly amazing that we have no way at all to determine whether a
    given doctor is competent or not. If that website that offers to sell
    information about a given doctor (lost the URL, unfortunately) can find
    out about complaints to licensing agencies, reprimands, lawsuits, etc.,
    why can't we?

    I figured my mom's quack was probably OK for diagnosis, but I certainly
    wouldn't let him operate on any of us. He wasn't even competent for
    diagnosis.

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    Cheers,
    Bev
    ====================================================================
    "My parents just came back from a planet where the dominant lifeform
    had no bilateral symmetry, and all I got was this stupid F-Shirt."
     
    The Real Bev, Jan 25, 2005
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  5. Joe

    g.gatti Guest

    what is the rate of retinal detachment and imprfect sight (use of
    glasses) compared to perfect sight (non use of glasses)?
     
    g.gatti, Jan 25, 2005
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  6. Joe

    Dan Abel Guest


    I suspect that those days are over already. My mother was unhappy when
    the guy retired, but since she's been dead over 30 years, he must have
    retired a long time ago.



    Or whether things were just different in the old days. To be honest, the
    guy was a certified surgeon. I don't know why he worked as a GP, but he
    definitely didn't do much surgery.
     
    Dan Abel, Jan 26, 2005
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  7. Joe

    Ann Guest

    Interesting.. I had just the same thing with what we here call an
    optician.. "I can see it".. "the floater that you're looking
    through".. turned out it was a tumour!

    Ann
     
    Ann, Jan 29, 2005
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  8. An Optician did an eye exam? Where are you residing?

    I hope everything turns out well for you. all the very best.

    Roland J. Izaac
     
    Philip D Izaac, Jan 30, 2005
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