Total retinal detachment.Help needed.

Discussion in 'Optometry Archives' started by sundar, Nov 2, 2003.

  1. sundar

    sundar Guest

    About 15 years ago my younger brother met with an accident when a
    stone struck his right eye.He is 29 years old now.His medical reports
    talk about "Total retinal detachment present". Initially, he could
    partially view things with the hurt eye.This seems to have slowly
    vanished over years and now he doesnt seem to see anything with that
    eye.In the last ten years I believe some medical advancement might
    have made treatment of his situation possible.I found the following in
    his medical report that dates back to 11.10.88:

    Right Eye(one that suffered accident)
    1.Axial length measured 2.2 cms
    2.Anterior chamber measured 0.36cms
    3.Lens not visualized
    4.Vitreous shows bands and floaters.
    5.Total retinal detachment present
    6.Optic nerve appeared normal.

    Left Eye
    1.Axial length measured 2.2 cms
    2.Anterior chamber measured 0.4cms
    3.Lens in normal position
    4.Vitreous appeared clear
    5.No retinal detachment present
    6.Optic nerve appeared normal.

    If any advise or medical guidance could bring back the sight of my
    brother's right eye that would be the greatest thing to happen in our

    Thank you very much for your time.

    sundar, Nov 2, 2003
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  2. Total retinal detachment is only repairable shortly after the injury. The
    detachment causes gradual deterioration of the retinal tissue, which is why
    he no longer sees at all. The retina is essentially "dead", and repair is
    really out of the question, barring a miracle. Medical advancement cannot
    bring back a dead retina.

    David Robins, MD
    Board certified Ophthalmologist
    Pediatric and strabismus subspecialty
    Member of AAPOS
    (American Academy of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus)
    David Robins, MD, Nov 4, 2003
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  3. sundar

    sundar Guest

    Dear doctor Robins,

    Thank for you for the clarification.Now that setting right the wounded
    eye seems to almost impossible,
    1)could you suggest precautions that could be taken to preserve the
    health eye.
    2)does nature have any natural meachanism to make the eye sight of the
    healthy eye more powerful now that one eye is almost dysfunctional.
    3)Could an eye transplantation of the wounded eye help? or could any
    part of the eye be transplanted to cure the situation?

    All the above are a layman's questions.I would be grateful to hear
    from you.


    sundar, Nov 5, 2003
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