I Had a Detached Retina

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    A Detached Retina Stole My Vision

    I had a detached retina when I was very young. We do not know if it was a birth defect, or if it was the result of an accident, but at the time, I didn't notice it. I can't remember if I ever did see out of my right eye, or if I was born that way. I was a tad too late in noticing...
    dillonhogan dillonhogan
    13-15
    4 Responses Jun 3, 2010

    Four Big Tears In My Retina And Then It Detached!

    Hello:TEN wks. ago TODAY, I had Emergency surgery to repair my detached retina which had four BIG tears in it.  The surgeon isamazed at how well the retina has healed so far...however, he says it will take from 3 - 6 months to get the vision completelyrestored like it was in...
    frannynaff frannynaff
    66-70, F
    3 Responses Jan 11, 2012

    I Had My First Retinal Detachment Surgery Back In 05

    It all started when I started to notice a small "smeck" on the corner of my eye back in 05 (I was 21 then) I thought to myself that it was because I was tired and let it go and the thing just kept on getting worse after that I went to UCI and they told me I had a retinal...
    KhepriX KhepriX
    26-30
    4 Responses Sep 26, 2011

    Mine Worked Out Perfectly

    I didn't find anything quite like this before my own surgery, so here's a description of my recovery following a scleral buckle + vitrectomy. According to my doctor, my recovery went about as well as possible. I'm a 58-year-old professional in good general health--in the...
    CarlYourDoorman CarlYourDoorman
    56-60, M
    5 Responses May 29, 2012

    Giant Tear And Fourth Surgery With PVR Scarring

    I'm a 54 year old male that's a artist and just my diagnosis about 8 weeks ago already had 4 surgeries and it's not looking to good so far. Well like many it came up suddenly with a blackness and inability to see out of one side of my right eye. The eye had been damaged before...
    BosoOso BosoOso
    56-60, M
    Oct 23, 2013

    3 Detachments In 4 Years.

    In 2008, I remember being in high school and noticing a curtain or webs just taking over my left eye. I was 17 and was just about to graduate, so understand, it's scary to suddenly have to being calling doctors trying to understand why I can't see partly out of my eye. 2 lazer...
    Vielet06 Vielet06
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Feb 10, 2012

    I Had A Detached Retina

    I had a tear in left eye retina in March 2011. I had it lasered and then cryopexy surgery (freezing). This became know as my 'bad' eye, to me and my family. I still had black floaters which were distracting and annoying. The hospital said I would get used to it.THEN ! I knew...
    MissusBT MissusBT
    36-40
    2 Responses Oct 30, 2011

    3 Retinal Detachments And Counting...

    Where do I start... I was born with mild Axenfeld Riegers Syndrome which manifested itself through my eyes. I was quite short sited in both eyes until 4 years ago when I suffered early onset of cataracts in both eyes. I have elongated anterior chambers in both eyes and my retinas...
    Dyscover Dyscover
    41-45, M
    Feb 9, 2013

    3weeks ago had det.ret.

    surgery.Sight back 90% but eye still quite swollen&partially closed&DULL ORBITAL PAIN,HEADACHE BEHIND EYE&IN TEMPLE for the 3 weeks. Anyone else had this?
    marthab11 marthab11
    61-65, F
    1 Response Aug 12, 2015

    Retina Detachment Story

    Towards the end of my second school term, Grade 12 2013, about 2 days before my prom, I noticed a speck in my vision. It was on the lower left side of my left eye, the peripheral vision. I noticed this abnormality, this darkness. Over the next few days it increased so slowly.. I...
    ShadySunsetWoman ShadySunsetWoman
    18-21
    2 Responses Jul 14, 2013

    For reasons that will become obvious I have

    spent some time looking to see what information there is on the net about what happens if you elect not to have surgery to attempt to correct a partially detached retina. I have found very little. This is a great pity. You may wish to share the following. You may not. From...
    planetzarg planetzarg
    66-70, M
    Mar 22, 2014

    Need Some Optimism

    I've had vitrectomies on Sept 5 and Oct 3 with gas bubble inserted, and the retina is detaching again. I go in on Monday Nov 4 for another surgery to add the silicone oil. I had a previous cataract surgery on this eye in 2003 and had cataract surgery on my other eye in 2010. What...
    mike92754 mike92754
    61-65, M
    3 Responses Oct 30, 2013

    Thanksgiving Surgery

    This all started about one to two weeks prior to my surgery. I noticed that it was like someone threw black sand in my eye. Annoying, very annoying. Then, about one week later, I noticed that when I covered my good eye and forced myself to look out my bad eye, I could not see...
    uihawk9868 uihawk9868
    46-50, M
    Feb 19, 2012

    Retina Detached

    I am one of the unlucky once too. Also I still work on it since it is just 2 weeks ago since surgery. Outcome is of course still open, but I had a excellent surgeon, therefore I am confident it will work out. He is from the "Xbox" :) generation as I like to call them, in his...
    Roger564 Roger564
    61-65
    Jan 19, 2012

    Urgent Repair

    I had a detached retina in 2007. After noticing new floaters (clouds), new specks and seeing occasional bright flashes in my right eye for several weeks, I visited my doctor.  He sent me to a specialist who could see my right eye's retina was in the process...
    Groffy Groffy
    66-70, M
    8 Responses Oct 29, 2008

    Detached Retina, Treatment And Aftermath

    My first symptom was a strange reflection or bubble on the periphery of my left eye (bottom right) when ever I would glance left.  This started on a Friday afternoon, and by the time I got home I'd forgotten about it.  Then by dinner time, glancing left would result...
    ntmurphy ntmurphy
    36-40, M
    4 Responses May 12, 2010

    Problems You May Have With The Dmv

    I had my operation done in October 2008. i had six tears in one of my eyes. In 2011 I had to do a eye test with the DMV. Unfortunately, my eye that had the surgery is below what DMV requires, so I had to go back to my optometrist, and he fills out some paper work. When I brought...
    bronislaw bronislaw
    51-55, M
    Mar 18, 2013
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