Vitreal detachment and loss of vision

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My husband is scheduled to see a specialist next Tuesday.  After many tests so far he has vitreal or vitreous detachment.  Unfortunately this includes large floaters and loss of significant vision in one eye. It appears from my research he can have a vitrectomy and maybe that will help. Thankfully there is no retinal detachment, yet.  Has anyone else had this?  What were your options?  He can't work or drive.

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    Ii had a vitrectomy for a macular hole  where I had loss of central vision through vitreous detachment.

    there doesnt seem to be any other way but fortunately my surgeon was an expert in the field of non posturing vitrectomy so I didnt have to spend weeks lying face down.

    i dont know if you are in UK but please get in touch if you need anymore info on the op.  I can give you my surgeons name and he may be able to tell you who can do this type of surgery where you live.

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    Thank you.  We are in Michigan, USA and I am very confident with the specialists here.  That does give me some information.  Interestingly his loss of vision is peripheral.
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    Non posturing vitrectomy is available in the States.  My surgeon has been over there lecturing on it.

    i forgot to say that one of the down sides of a vitrectomy is that you tend to get a cataract in that eye.  I was given the choice at the time of having them both done together as the surgeon has to know how to do the cataract surgery after a vitrectomy has been done.  I waited as I was apprehensive about the vitrectomy (fear of the unknown) but had developed a ctaract about 4 months later and had to get that done.  Neither op was as bad as I thought.

    hope you husband gets on okay and soon gets back to normal.  Best wishes to you both

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      He already has a cataract in that eye so would need to have both anyway.  I myself had the vitrectomy and found it caused a cataract several months later (not unusual).  I would think it might be better to get both done at the same time myself but we'll see what they recommend next week.  Thanks again.
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    I have vitreous detachment in both eyes.Actually it is considered as Ive ben told a pretty natural part of ageing.I have one pretty significant floater in my left eye from it.I also at one time had a small hemorage in my left eye caused by the tugging in process of detachment..that scared the heck out of me..thats when the large floater appeared plus i saw hundreds of regular floaters,i went in asap and was told no detachment,tare or hole in the retina.I still have the large floater but the hundreds of small floaters have resolved. My vision is a bit cloudy at times as the liquid in the eye is no longer as clear.My vision has so far remained ok.The other eye followed process wirhin the few months of the first.My doctor said i may always have some symptoms of this as the detachment may never be quite complete.I had some flashes of light etc..I was never unable to drive..seems like maybe there is another issue?Maybe a small hole in the retina.etc I hope hes going to an experianced opthamologist not just an optomotrist.Should have very regular eye exams til its better.I would get another opinion.
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      Yes, thank you, he is going to a neuro-opthalmologist.  When it first happened, we went to two different opthalmologists - the second I insisted on so we could get a second opinion.  No retinal tear at this point but there may be something more going on, aside from each eye having thick, hard to see thru cataracts (which he will get handled as well).  This will be the third opthalmologist we see next week, and one who specializes in this field.  Thank goodness for good health insurance.
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      I hope he gets much better soon.I know its hard on you to.Try and take care of yourself as well and keep us updated.
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    I' having flashes at the moment, though it has got less frequent. Fortunately, my peripheral vision is fine - which is the key.

    Where you have problems with these 'flashes' and problem with peripheral vision in the same eye. I was advised to return to the opticians straight away, or go to A & E.

    It is I believe a sign of retinal detachment.

    HTHs good luck.

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    It is definately somethhing that happens with age although i am one of the unlucky ones who had it in their 30's.  Get it checked out and any major change in visions or floater go right to emergency becuase it can be detatchment.  The sooner a detatchment is treated the less sight is at risk
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    Update.  Along with the vitreal detachment, after seeing a neuro-opthalmologist, it appears he had a stroke that affected the back of his brain in the vision area. It has caused partial vision loss in the lower right quadrant. He goes for an MRI and we should know more. Took 4 weeks to get in to see this specialist but they will fastrack the MRI.  At least we have some answers.  Oh, and cataracts but those are easily handled. 
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