Retinal tear

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i had a retinal tear and haemorraging in left eyes about 3  months ago.. I had laser treatment for this..my right eye then went the following month, no tear just bleeding from pulling on blood vessels. Both eyes still have floaters but left eye is worse, like I'm looking through a black sieve with tiny holes and at night I feel I'm wearing dark sunglasses in the house. Opthamologist checked and said this will settle down in time!! It's really scary as I had good vision before this. Eyes are very sensitive to bright light. Has anyone had this before and can you tell me when this should all settle down. Thanks

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    Hi Allyson, will share my experiences with retinal tears.  Oct 1999, I had my first tear thinking I may have had a mini stroke...seemed like a wall of oil flowing down my eye.  Went to Opthamologist who sent me to our local Miller Eye Center and Dr Feinberg who performed laser on my eye stating that I probably would not have another.  On to 1/15/1990 my 50th birthday. Tear in other eye but so different from the first...too close to pupil so Dr Feinberg did cryosurgery on 2nd tear,. Had a lot of floaters for years which have subsided. Had cataract surgery a few years ago on both eyes.  Currently only wear glasses when I drive and am 76 years old.  It is so important with retina tears to get to the doctor immediately before they go into detachment,  I was very fortunate to have a great doctor closely here in Chattanooga.. On the other hand, dear hubby is fighting to keep sight in his good eye..had CVRO in left so no central vision and VRO in right eye..he has monthly injections plus steroid implants every 3 months...so important to protect your eyes...if not satisfied, you may want to get a second opinion. Go with the best specialist you can find...just my opinion.
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    I had a retinal hemmorhage, no reason in particular, and I woke up with a black spot right in the center of my eye. I immediately called my eye doctor and he said to wait a week for the blood to clear so they could take pictures. I thought this was ridiculous, since my mother had age-related macular degeneration, and those are the symptoms, and her eye doctor told her to immediatly call him if it happened in the other eye.

    Long story short, I waited, and then went to the retina specialist who took intra-ocular pictures. He said that is common, but usually it's not in the center of your eye, and often goes unnoticed, but mine was "smack in the center" (lucky me).

    He said it should fade within 2 weeks, but that was about 3+ months ago, and although it has faded, it is not gone. I still cannot focus on much of anything with that eye, but it is definitely better. He said to be sure and drink a lot of water.

    Didn't have floaters with it, but maybe this will help you a little. Good luck!

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    Thanks to all who replied, I am hoping that the horrible grey mist and floaters go soon as opthamologist said that it can take months. 
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      As a "floater " owner, the smaller ones will fade away ,eventually.

      The larger, annoying ones can be lasered away. I had about seven

      blasted, which took all of five minutes ,,and they never returned.

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      I will have a word with opthamologist next visit as large floaters are distorting my vision  in left eye... WWe're your eyes very sensitive to sunlight? Thanks for reply.
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      Hi, can't remember a brightness issue, but it was quite a few years

      ago, and I was living in Southern Ireland,Saw an eye consultant who

      arranged for me have them removed It took me longer to drive to the 

      hopital, about two hours I had barely sat down, when I was in and done

      never got a chance to open my book..

      I did think whilst he was zapping what if I blink as he zaps, will I get a hole in my eyelid  

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    Dear friends:

    Funny how things are just running along smootly in your life and then...boom! PANIC as you find out you may have a condition that could lead to some serious eye disturbance.

    What happenned is that over the last month I noticed the presence of floaters in my right eye, way more than usual , floaters which, I think, everyone has in their visual field. I was concerned but never thought that this could indicate anything serious. You see, this increase in floaters can indicate in a minuscule percentage of cases that that you have a retinal tear. If this is not repaired promptly, that can lead to a retinal detachment , a pretty grave condition.So I finally went to an optometrist to get this checked out, and I indeed had a tear! My optometrist told me to go to an emergency eye clinic imediately,which I did! This opthalmologist repaired most of the tear, but everyone gets a follow up with a retinal specialist. So, 2 days later, I go to this specialist, and it is a nightmare with this guy. He could never do all the work he wanted because he said I fidgeted too much, blinked too much, etc.. He made it seem as I was deliberately not cooperating, which was not true. I did my best! He even threathened terminating treatment, which is criminal! He revised himself, and now I have to see this impatient person again in a week. ****, this guy pumped so much anesthetic and dilation drugs in my eye also!

    I tell you, I am so worried and upset. More so today that my floaters may have increased (it`s hard to tell) so I am wondering if I should got to emergency again, just in case that my tear has increased (even if the initial tear was supposedly repaired). I am just a bag of nerves, can`t eat...really worried.

    Marco

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      How many are "too many"? I've been worried about this myself. One eye is fine. The other eye, in which I had a retinal hemorrhage (sounds worse than it is, it was small but right in the middle of my retina, so it blocked out some vision), which they say will come back within a period of months, does not have any floaters to speak of. So I am wondering if I have a problem in the other eye. I'd estimate there are about 30 tiny floaters, that have not decreased at all in about 3 months. Thirty tiny ones, and one long string-shaped ones. I have never had this many before. 

      I have a follow-up with the retina specialist next week, so I guess he will tell me. But often wondered how long they should last, and how many are considered normal.  

      Good luck to you. 'Hoping it's nothing serious for you too.

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      You should definitely have your retinal specialist check that eye out for a possible retinal tear! I mean this seriously. It does not take long. Phone the clinic first to make sure that the specialist will have the time to do it , since, if I understand you correctly, you are going to see him for a hemorrhage. Now it is very important that you do this because those floaters can indicate a tear, and a tear, if untreated , can lead to a very grave condition called a retinal detachment. Please do it promptly.

      Yours is a  very good  question about how many extra floaters are enough to indicate some possible problem. I asked myself the same thing, and I still really don't know. From now on, all I know is that I will have any even minor change in my eye checked out. Now, let me walk you through the sequence of my own thinking and reactions that led to my diagnosis of a tear. Maybe that can also help you out:

      --  About a month ago I noticed some floaters in my right eye, this in addition to those that are already there if you really look for them. In other words , before that fateful day, my eyesight was "normal". So, anyways, I started wondering about these floaters, but kind of shrugged them off as being due to this extra fatigue I have been expereincing over the winter.Finally I decided to read about them on the Internet, and that is when I first saw a reference  to the fact that in 2% of floater cases they can indicate a tear. When I read that I panicked, but then I went into a kind of denial. Oh, stop dramatising , I'd tell myself. And anyways,I told myself, I have to go through all the trouble of making an apppointment and spend money for the check-up, which are all difficult for me since I suffer from a handicap which makes it more difficult for me to do some day to

      day things than normal people. But then this worry started to nag me, and luckily, I got a quick appointment made. Well, my optometrist found a tear, and it was sraight to emergency that I went! That was 8 days ago.

      It's just been hell since because, even if the tear is mended, the floaters are still there, and now a bit worse with this white film spreading over my visual field. I am just so really upset and depressed .The floaters and white film are suppoed to diminish, but in how long, and will they? Is my vision permanently impaired with these floaters, I wonder? And it's so hard to get answers from these busy doctors, especially since I tend to stutter if nervous.

      Marco

      Hope that helps.

      Marco

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      Thank you. I will call them tomorrow and ask if they want me to come in sooner. It's not a "shower" of floaters, as I have been told to watch out for, and it is in the other eye, not the hemorrhaged one. I do have neuropathy, though, in both eyes, so I tend to notice every little change. This hasn't changed in a month or so, but still has worried me. It's not the "curtain" symptom either. What did the treatment entail? Laser surgery?
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    I had a scare the other day where I was just reading a book and then saw black squiggly lines in my peripheral vision.  Then as day progressed, I could not see at all or rather when I covered my left eye, the whole world was blurry and I could not see out of my right eye.  There was no veil.  Can you tell me what symptoms you had leading up to this.  Was there a lot of bleeding. Can you tell me the details, please?
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