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I think I have a Detached Retina

One eyelid has been slightly red and scaly all winter (I have dry eyes), and since Wed I've started having tons of floaters and a ring around my vision every time I move that one eye.

I have an appt with the ophthalmologist Fri, should I ask they squeeze me in sooner?

by Anonymousreply 35March 29, 2023 9:10 PM

That doesn't sound like a torn retina to me. Instead, it sounds like you have a bad case of eyeball syphilis.

by Anonymousreply 1March 26, 2023 5:35 PM

I would get seen sooner than Friday just to be on the safe side. With a detached retina, you usually get a lot of floaters and flashes.

A detached retina is classed as an emergency due to the risk of eyesight loss if it's not treated promptly.

by Anonymousreply 2March 26, 2023 5:39 PM

Thanks, R2. I was planning to work out today. Do you think I should just take it easy? I once read that too much activity could make it worse.

by Anonymousreply 3March 26, 2023 5:44 PM

Don’t work out. Sleep on your stomach if you can. Relieves pressure.

by Anonymousreply 4March 26, 2023 5:53 PM

Go to the emergency room. Floaters are one thing, but the flashes could mean something worse. It's your vision. Don't fuck around.

by Anonymousreply 5March 26, 2023 6:27 PM

i hope this turns out to be nothing serious, op. Ask them if they can squeez u in sooner ♥️

by Anonymousreply 6March 26, 2023 6:40 PM

Great place for medical advice, OP!

by Anonymousreply 7March 26, 2023 6:44 PM

It's Cataracts, I just had double cataract surgery last Friday. I had a ton of floaters in both eyes& circles around every light I saw, plus Starburst on little lights.( surge protectors-chargers). I told my ophthalmologist that I like the starbursts; he told me I was nuts. I was told last week(no heavy lifting, no sex, no alcohol& wear the ugly glasses in bright sunlight.)However, I met his HOTT, AWESOME intern, I thought he was an Asian Porn star from DL. Lots of eye drops for the month. I have 2010 vision in both eyes; It's fucking amazing. I've been wearing contacts since 21 yrs. old (40 years)& got glasses at 18yrs(right before college).

by Anonymousreply 8March 26, 2023 6:50 PM

R7, are you new here? It’s a great place for medical advice!

by Anonymousreply 9March 26, 2023 7:13 PM

OP you're an idiot

by Anonymousreply 10March 26, 2023 7:14 PM

Go to emergency room now

by Anonymousreply 11March 26, 2023 7:31 PM

Another vote for emergency room. Could be retinal tear or detachment. My husband had it in one eye, but luckily it didn't lead to further damage. They said if he had those symptoms in the other eye, go to the emergency room.

by Anonymousreply 12March 26, 2023 7:38 PM

Can we have your stuff, OP?

by Anonymousreply 13March 26, 2023 7:46 PM

Seriously: A detached retina is an actual emergency. You should go to your ER

by Anonymousreply 14March 26, 2023 7:54 PM

I have a Pomeranian who pretty much keeps to herself, so I know how you feel, OP.

by Anonymousreply 15March 26, 2023 7:59 PM

OP, get help from a retina specialist now.

At first glance, I thought your thread said “Datalounge Retina.”

by Anonymousreply 16March 26, 2023 8:13 PM

Did someone say staple gun?

by Anonymousreply 17March 26, 2023 8:17 PM

OP is addicted to Tina?

oh....never mind!

by Anonymousreply 18March 26, 2023 8:18 PM

Thanks, R8. I have a shitload of floaters and my eye doc said I'm starting to get cataracts. You have given me hope!

by Anonymousreply 19March 26, 2023 8:22 PM


by Anonymousreply 20March 26, 2023 8:36 PM

At the very least, call your doctor and ask them to squeeze you in sooner. When you’re describing your symptoms, ask the office if you should go to the emergency. Don’t sleep on getting it looked at!

by Anonymousreply 21March 26, 2023 8:37 PM

I hope by now you are in the ER. Not smart to delay seeking treatment for something affecting your eyes. Obviously.

by Anonymousreply 22March 26, 2023 8:41 PM

If you're worried about expense and what not in the ER maybe go to an urgent care - they can diagnose it or in some way make a determination that you need to be seen sooner than Friday, etc.

by Anonymousreply 23March 26, 2023 8:46 PM

Yes, OP. Go to the ER immediately. Not joking.

by Anonymousreply 24March 26, 2023 8:47 PM

This happened to me, and while very frightening, is not as serious as it seems. It happens when the vitreous fluid inside the eye detaches from the retina, and is actually pretty common. Most people experience no symptoms, but in some cases floaters and the Weiss ring happen. The ring effect goes away pretty quickly (for me it lasted just a couple of hours), but you do end up with a lot of floaters. According to this article, 85% of patients never develop complications like retinal detachment after vitreous detachment. I had had cataract surgery not long before, which is a risk factor in developing vitreous detachment. I was able to see my optometrist the next morning, who arranged a consult with a retina surgeon the next week. I was advised to watch for the 3 Fs — new Floaters, Flashes, and changes in Field of vision. It's been about three years now, and so far, so good.

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by Anonymousreply 25March 26, 2023 9:08 PM

Get your affairs in order and leave your iPod where someone can find it.

by Anonymousreply 26March 26, 2023 9:23 PM

Op, there you go again, misspelling my name . I detached you because you are so BORING! And now you bring it up on a public forum. Next time you’ll have to detach my fist from your asshole!

And it’s Rutina, you blood sucker!

by Anonymousreply 27March 26, 2023 9:24 PM

R7 for those of us who have no friends or family, DL is a good first place to reach out to friends in our community for medical advice.

by Anonymousreply 28March 26, 2023 9:38 PM

[quote]This happened to me, and while very frightening, is not as serious as it seems.This happened to me, and while very frightening, is not as serious as it seems.

If it IS a detached retina and we don't know if it is or not, but if it IS a detached retina that is an actual medical emergency

by Anonymousreply 29March 27, 2023 2:10 PM

Well, OP?. We’re waiting.

by Anonymousreply 30March 29, 2023 3:03 AM

OP here.

Ophthalmologist did a thorough exam with numerous lenses and lights, and deducted that I do NOT have a torn or detached retina. However, I have a posterior vitreous detachment - "as one ages, the gel becomes more liquid and the attachment of the back surface of the gel to the retina dissolves, leading to the gel separating from the retina." In my case it could be in the process of my retina becoming detached, she said.

I have an appt with a retina specialist in two weeks, the time is needed. The ophthalmologist told me not to lift anything over five pounds until I see her at the next appt. OY!

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by Anonymousreply 31March 29, 2023 3:14 PM

Thanks for checking in, OP. Good luck.

by Anonymousreply 32March 29, 2023 3:36 PM

R31 Good to hear it's less serious than I feared! All the best for your next appointment.

by Anonymousreply 33March 29, 2023 4:57 PM

Good to hear, OP. That's what my husband had. His doctor said to come back pronto if he had significant floaters or flashes and to go to the emergency room if it happened in the other eye (just to make sure it wasn't a detached retina.)

by Anonymousreply 34March 29, 2023 6:42 PM

Thanks, everybody. I hope there won't be a part two to this story.

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