Retinal bleeding/High Myopia

Discussion in 'Optometry Archives' started by xtremluck, Feb 1, 2007.

  1. xtremluck

    xtremluck Guest

    I am a bit desperate here for information on a condition I am
    suffering. I am 26 yrs old and have high myopia (Contact prescription
    is -16.5 in each eye). Over the past two years I have been
    experiencing retinal bleeding in my right eye. The problem is the
    bleeding is occuring in the center portion of my retina. When the
    blood drains away it usually leaves a scar which distorts my vision.

    I have visited the "premier" retina specialist in NYC and he
    basically told me there is nothing that can be done. I really hope
    this is not the case as I am starting to experience the bleeding
    again. I asked the doctor if this could be the result of weight
    lifting that I do at the gym but he says that is not likely. I smoke
    occasionally (4-5 cigarettes a week) but I have decided to stop
    completely just in case that has anything to do with it. Do you guys
    have any suggestions on what I can do? Or a doctor who specializes in
    this condition? Thanks in advance.
    xtremluck, Feb 1, 2007
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    FKS Guest

    In your case, there can be two possible causes:(1) an extremely stretched
    retina is tearing apart, and (2) you have neovascularization due to myopic
    degeneration. In the former case, there's nothing that can be done. However,
    in the latter case, several treatments are available. Where did you go in
    NYC? The retina-macular consultants on Park Ave is considered one of the
    best retina groups in the world (Drs. Freund & Yanuzzi are second to none).
    Good luck!
    FKS, Feb 1, 2007
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  3. xtremluck

    Don W Guest

    You should specifically ask your ophthalmologist or rs if any of the
    anti-angiogenic drugs, Lucentis, Avastin, might help.

    Good luck also.

    Don W.
    Don W, Feb 1, 2007
  4. xtremluck

    xtremluck Guest

    I went to Dr.Yanuzzi. I believe my case is definitely #1. Can you
    give me a basic idea of what can be done? I want to have an
    intelligent conversation the next time I goto the eye doctor. Thanks!
    xtremluck, Feb 1, 2007
  5. xtremluck

    FKS Guest

    You probably misread my post. Since bleeding is not caused by
    neovascularization, unfortunately, nothing can be done (I'm sure you had
    various tests). Bleeding is caused by structural damage to the retina. Some
    people claim that lutein, fish oil and vitamin E can help build a healthier
    retina, though.
    FKS, Feb 2, 2007
  6. xtremluck


    May 10, 2012
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    Hi..I just came across your post however I see it was posted quite some time ago, I am suffering from the exact situation and have been gradually losing my vision in both eyes. I currently am under the care of a retina specialist in chapel hill, NC. Unfortunately none of the treatments we have tried have proved to be successful. Have you found any answers since posting?
    losingmysight, May 10, 2012
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