Day 305: Treating Retina Detachments—More on Maintaining and Guarding Your Eye Sight in Senior Years

I entered a restaurant several years ago and began to see bright beautiful flashes of colored lights and asked if others were seeing it.  They weren’t. My friend suggested I see an optometrist first thing in the morning.  The optometrist sent me immediately to an ophthalmologist who sent me immediately to see a retina specialist. I received laser treatment that day and was under observation for several months and recovered fully.

Immediacy in retina tears and detachments is the answer for maintaining eyesight! A friend told me he had a detachment in Vietnam and refused to see a doctor there.  He waited until he returned to Australia a week later. That was too late.  He lost a lot of vision in that eye because the retina was not put back in place immediately.  So, DO NOT WAIT!

Several years later I developed a black spot over one third of my eye in one day. A visit to the emergency room sent me to another retinology clinic and I had surgery the next morning. The clinic was concerned that there were no operating rooms available that day. This surgery requires that you keep your head down for 7 days for the recovery.  Thankfully a dear friend who is a masseuse was leaving town for 10 days and loaned me her massage table.  I lived on it, ate through the cradle, slept on it with my head face down in the cradle for 7 days. It was a perfect recovery thankfully.

I am checked yearly by the retina clinic. My yearly visit was just this last week and I was told that each year my retina is successfully in recovery, my changes of having another detachment is lessened.  Amen to that news.

For your further information from

“If part of the retina detaches… It may produce a blind spot, blurred vision or shadowy lines. Some have described effect as a curtain closing over the eye. Other symptoms may include suddenly seeing many floaters (spots) or flashes of light. While floaters are a natural part of aging and are not always a sign of a detached their sudden onset, number and frequency indicate a need to check retinal detachment. In any case, if you suspect a problem, it is important that you see an eye doctor right away. Your doctor needs to act quickly to try to repair the damage and prevent permanent vision loss.”

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