Retinal Tears Questions, Please

Discussion in 'Optometry Archives' started by Robert11, Jan 11, 2004.

  1. Robert11

    Robert11 Guest


    Realize their can be no guarantee on this, but would like to receive
    some opinions on the following.

    Am 67 yrs of age, and have had laser repair work for torn retina's in both
    eyes several years ago. No detachments, thank goodness. Everything is
    fine, now.

    Am considering a week long canoe trip in the spring really really out in the
    boonies, and
    am a bit concerned about what happens, "if".

    When I had them previously, the tears were apparently quite substantial.
    Never had any flashing, etc. Only a slight blurriness in one eye, and
    surprisingly no indication at all in the other; problem was picked up when
    was also examined for the eye that had the blurriness.

    A bit scarry, as indication was so minimal, yet tears so substantial.

    My questions are:

    a. What are the approximate statistics regarding tears re-developing ?

    b. If they do, it is of course obvious that the sooner one can have them
    repaired the better.
    But, realistically, what kind of time frame does one "typically" have to
    see an opthamologist
    after happening ?

    c. Any other thoughts or opinions would be most welcome.

    Robert11, Jan 11, 2004
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  2. Robert11

    Otis Brown Guest

    Dear Bob,

    I am 64 -- with similar retina tears -- and patching.

    If you are concerned -- got for another exam before your
    go on you canoe trip.

    I saw indications before -- (curved tire on my bikc),
    wierd sensations is Hg lights, and some purple flashes.
    (Very difficult to describe -- unless you have seen them.

    If the exam shows nothing -- a week should be OK.
    But that is ME -- and I would take the risk.
    (If any.)

    But I have owned experimental aircraft (Volks Plane) so
    I am not adverse to "risk".

    Your ophthalmologist can give you good advice
    on this subject. Give him a call.


    Otis Brown, Jan 12, 2004
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