Patient Comments: Retinal Detachment - Surgery


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Comment from: Darlene O., 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 30

I saw a tiny flash of light in the corner of my eye. It went from once a day to several times. I went to the eye doctor who said I had a detached retina. I was sent to a retina doctor who did a gas bubble, it failed, so he did a gas bubble and buckle, and that failed too. Then he did the oil and was going to remove it in December. I went for my monthly check up but knew it was worse. My retina is wrinkled all around it. He said he cannot remove the oil because the retina is all that’s holding it up. I think I should have a second opinion.

Comment from: Bobar, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: July 24

I had a failed gas bubble retinal detachment surgery due to buildup of scar tissue, and it detached again along with the macula 9 weeks later. I had surgery again, this time with a buckle and oil. The surgeon said my vision in that eye will always be poor. I am hoping it will improve and that it won’t happen to my other eye. I had cataract surgery 3 years ago which increases the risk.

Comment from: Jimmy , 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: July 17

I had retinal detachment surgery on Thursday morning. They inserted a gas bubble to reattach the retina. Now it is Sunday afternoon and I only see light. Positioning is brutal. I have a sore neck, back and not much sleep. Hoping my sight returns. I’m 66, play softball and I’m going a bit ‘mashugana’. My wife is an angel. Honestly I’m scared. I must keep my head down and hope for the best.

Comment from: Teekay65, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 24

My retina detached in November last year. Within approximately 12 hours, what went from a small black blob in the corner of my left eye, nearly entirely covered my vision. I had surgery the next day with the gas bubble inserted. I was frightened by how little I could see once the bandage came off, only shadows and movement, but told this was normal. After a week the gas bubble dissipated and, although I could see through my eye quite clearly, images were distorted, things look thinner and wonky with that eye. Small writing is virtually impossible to read with my other eye shut. There are no straight lines that don't look kinked. There was some improvement over the next three months, but not huge. I went for my post-operation check yesterday and he said that it will very slowly improve over the next year, but this is a good indication of what I am left with (my other eye had preventative laser surgery the same day as it was also showing signs of detachment). I'm grateful that I can see but can no longer drive on the motorway and really wish I had gone to the hospital the moment the black blob appeared rather than waiting until that evening, as by then it had detached from the macular.

Comment from: C E, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 25

My retinal detachment surgery was performed on Oct 13th, 2014, on my right eye about six weeks ago. My dad was dying and one day after nearly an emotional breakdown, I all of sudden got blurred vision. I regretfully chose not to address it right away and be there for my father. The very day we buried him, I checked into the hospital and the surgery was the next day. I am blessed that my left eye has 20/50, not perfect by far, but now that this has happened, I am grateful that I have a marginally good eye that I can use for my daily livelihood. It appears my progression is in sync with my doctor's expectations. I, on the other hand am very concerned about the bubble and why it doesn't want to go away. I have clear vision above the bubble for objects only a few inches away and very cloudy otherwise. There are occasional red flashing lights and the floaters are very persistent and almost constant. The bubble just broke into three bubbles today, but it doesn't seem to affect anything else. My vision is 20/400 in that eye, but I expect continuous improvement. The absolute worst part for me has been the horrific headaches though not severe eye pain. I have another follow up in a few days and I will then learn a bit more about my progression, but right now I'm not very open to a 2nd surgery so I hope that is not a suggestion because I don't see it as an option. I am grateful that I am no longer in darkness and willing to move forward with that. If at all feasible, don't wait!

Comment from: Jane, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: November 06

I had a CyPass for glaucoma in March, and it went pretty bad. There was a bad recovery and I got an emergency vitrectomy due to acute endophthalmitis. The retina doctor made a second vitrectomy to 'control' infection a month later, he poured silicone oil, it went wrong too, and there was a retinal detachment. He says now I have a bad diagnosis, I am desperate and pretty upset.

Comment from: Melanie, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 16

In January 1983 I had detached retinas in both my eyes. The surgery was done to correct both my eyes. Thank goodness I did not go blind. At the time my surgery was done artificial parts were put in my eyes to hold the retinas in place. Recently my left eye has developed red marks on the side not in the front. My doctor seems to think that the artificial parts are rubbing tissue. In my right eye it has not reddened yet but she thinks it is happening there too.

Comment from: ayman, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: July 31

My mother had retinal detachment (RD) 3 years ago and underwent vitrectomy and insertion of silicone oil. After 1 year she removed the silicone oil and inserted air bubble but after 2 weeks the RD returned again so the doctor decided to insert the silicone again but since this time the eye is red and eye lid is inflamed with bad appearance of I don’t know what to do.


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Comment from: Emmie, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: January 14

I was born very premature and lost the vision in my left eye early in life. I was very nearsighted in my "good" right eye. In 2013 I had successful cataract surgery in both eyes. While on holidays with my family my right retina detached. I was rushed to the hospital, diagnosed with a retinal detachment and stabilized for the trip home. I had a vitrectomy and had to lay face down or on my right side for two weeks, then another two weeks. I struggled with constant nausea due to the vision distortion the bubble created. I had more laser surgery to fix some lifting in a spot. The gas bubble took 11 weeks to totally dissipate. My central vision has healed well. The vision to the edges of my eye are gray into black. I cannot drive six months out. This has been an emotional journey. I use a cane for mobility as depth perception is lacking. Walking at night is difficult too. I am very lucky that I was operated on quickly.

Comment from: jkelly, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: March 26

I had surgery for retinal detachment, gas bubble was done. I’m not sure if I would do this again, I should have done more research. I"m four weeks into recovery and cannot see in that eye yet, hoping for the best. Before I only had dot in my vision, now I can"t see much at all. I’m still using drops and keeping my head down for another 3 weeks during the night, keeping your head down is quite hard, then I go back to the doctor’s. Hoping for the best!

Comment from: Elizabeth., 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: January 31

I had a retinal detachment when I was only 15, and not knowing what really was going on with my eyesight I saw a lot of flashes and blackening in the eye and thought it was no big deal, but I told my parents who decided to take me to the hospital as soon as possible. My biggest mistake was letting about a week to get attended and since that day I had to leave school because I didn’t get my eyesight recovered and felt very stressed not being able to see in one of my eye. Since I also was born with shortsightedness now I try to take care of myself, not to get my eye hurt since it can cause the other eye to be at risk. All I can say is go get attended as soon as possible because it is such a big deal.

Comment from: jano, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 25

I had the surgery and gas bubble for one week, went right back to work, and 30 days to the date, it detached again. I had the surgery again with a two-week bubble and silicone band and so far it has held. I had a huge cataract removed and still can't see. Now that the cataract is gone, the surgery caused scar tissue on the retina to bubble like a roller coaster so I will need surgery again. I felt the doctor should have done the band the first time since I am 50 and active. The first surgery may have worked if I was like all of the other patients, 70 years old and retired, but working 50-70 hours a week and depending on a paycheck is no way to heal.

Comment from: bajajdude, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: April 08

Wow – freezing and gas bubbles? Who thought this thing up? Gas surgery was very effective and quick, plus we got it 2.5 mm away from getting the macula. The needles were painful but tolerable. My doctor was very skilled. The bubble was weird, but is shrinking after a week and I didn't need to hold my head in such a weird position, thankfully. It is much preferred to the buckle thing, which my doctor said was a backup if we needed. Just be quick, decisive, and brave. Do not dawdle, dally or delay. It’s your sight – so act fast!


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