Detachment or retinoschisis ?

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Occasional shadow lower left eye.

Non retinal specialist #1 declares a retinal detachment, sends me to spcialist.  I spend a bad night in worry.

Specialist #1 declares retinoschisis, says we can monitor it.

Second visit a week later shows it’s not getting worse. He suggests laser treatment around it’s periphery.

Two weeks later I’m pushed by a friend for a second opinion.

Specialist #2 declares detachment and immediate need for surgery.

He brings in other doc at practice who says the same thing. Surgery within days or I’m a fool says  doc #3

Non retinal specialist # 2  then next morning ( also after a bad night) ( also an ophthalmologist) supports docs 2 and 3, but is more vehement; says docs 2 and 3 are best and I’m nuts not to have surgery within days.

Retinal specialist # 4 sees both retinoschisis and detachment, suggests demarcating with laser and treatment with gas bubble, as surgery is excessive.

WHAT IS GOING ON? What should I do ?

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    Do,nt waste time go with the retinal doc and the least invasive surgery and ask the success rate of that procedure ,because once you loose sight you don,t get it back!!!!
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    Wow. Makes you wonder if any know whats going on. I guess have the surgery,if anything is different they will find it during surgery. Has to be scarey and confuseing for you. Keep us posted and good luck. Xx
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    I'm a 53yo male. Woke up on Dec 4th with a shaded distorted vision rea in my upper left eye.

    After no change in 3 days, I visited my optometrist who after an ophthalmoscope exam referred me to the Retina Institute.

    After examination the specialist found I had rhinoschsis as well as detachment. He recommended immediate surgery.

    On Tues. December 13 he performed Cryotherapy, Pneumatic Retinopexy, Scleral Buckling and Vitrectomy on my left eye.

    I've had 3 follow up office visits and specialist reports everything looks good. Just one problem, as my vision

    Is starting to clear some, I can still see that shaded area in the upper left part of vision. He explained there was no way of putting the retina back the way it was supposed to be matching up all the nerves and vessels.

    I never imagined the possibility that the shaded area would remain. I realize it is too early to see the true outcome, but I'm not certain at this point what has been accomplished.

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