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Old 05-31-2019, 02:35 PM
 
Location: Honolulu
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Sorry you had to go through that.

Can you elaborate on what exactly had happened in your eye? And, do you or the doctors have any reason to suppose that the problem was at all related to your previous cataract surgery?
I also wanted to find out the cause. After the surgery, I did not visit the ophthalmologist again who did my annual exam. But I was mad and I wrote a bad review of him on Yelp. Even though I didn't put down my full name, right away he called me and chat for 30 minutes telling me how sorry he felt for what happened to my eye and said he had taken good care for all those years. And at the end he asked me to delete that review.

I asked my retinal specialist why it happened. He said there were multiple causes that he was not certain on singling one.

Unlike some fellow posters' experience, the detachment for me happened all of a sudden without any hint.

The recovery part is the toughest. I had to sleep face down for a month. So I bought a massage table and tried sleep face down every night.
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Old 05-31-2019, 03:01 PM
 
Location: A safe distance from San Francisco
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I also wanted to find out the cause. After the surgery, I did not visit the ophthalmologist again who did my annual exam. But I was mad and I wrote a bad review of him on Yelp. Even though I didn't put down my full name, right away he called me and chat for 30 minutes telling me how sorry he felt for what happened to my eye and said he had taken good care for all those years. And at the end he asked me to delete that review.

I asked my retinal specialist why it happened. He said there were multiple causes that he was not certain on singling one.

Unlike some fellow posters' experience, the detachment for me happened all of a sudden without any hint.

The recovery part is the toughest. I had to sleep face down for a month. So I bought a massage table and tried sleep face down every night.
I have read that cataract surgery increases the risk of retinal detachment. I did a quick search and found this article, among many others I haven't looked at yet.

https://www.hindawi.com/journals/joph/2018/9206418/

What popped out at me right away was "The mean pooled time to RD following surgery was 23.12 months". You said two years?
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Old 05-31-2019, 03:09 PM
 
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I have read that cataract surgery increases the risk of retinal detachment. I did a quick search and found this article, among many others I haven't looked at yet.

https://www.hindawi.com/journals/joph/2018/9206418/

What popped out at me right away was "The mean pooled time to RD following surgery was 23.12 months". You said two years?
Roughly two years. But the other eye, which had also got cataract surgery, remained in good shape. It has been about eight years since cataract surgery. The retinal specialist checked both eyes in detail during my routine visit.
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Old 05-31-2019, 03:33 PM
 
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I have read that cataract surgery increases the risk of retinal detachment. I did a quick search and found this article, among many others I haven't looked at yet.

https://www.hindawi.com/journals/joph/2018/9206418/

What popped out at me right away was "The mean pooled time to RD following surgery was 23.12 months". You said two years?
My first retinal tear was six weeks after my cataract surgery. Coincidence? Maybe, maybe not.
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Old 05-31-2019, 03:35 PM
 
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Excellent, Rachel - thank you.

I'll throw out another thing while we're on this subject that doesn't get enough mention by eye care professionals. From my personal experience, I know that many are not even aware of it. And that is eye rubbing....I'm talking about the vigorous kind of eye rubbing that profoundly changes the eyeball shape and pressures as the eyeball is massaged back and forth. The kind of eye rubbing that a bad allergy season instinctively brings about. The kind of eye rubbing that directly led to my first tear in 2002.

That was a terrible spring here for allergies and my eyes were driving my crazy with watering and itching. Rubbing was such a relief and I did it frequently for days. I knew of no reason not to. There was one night, though, that was worse than usual and I remember rubbing more vigorously than I typically did. I rubbed back and forth to beat the band and it was wonderful relief. Relief that helped me sleep better that night in ignorance of the damage I had done. For when I opened my eyes the next morning and looked out my window, I was aghast and said what the heck is this?. A field dotted with dozens, perhaps hundreds, of spots.

Prior to that, I knew nothing of this kind of eye injury. But I learned so much, so fast. Then, on reflection, it made perfect sense that vigorous rubbing could bring it on. For a retina tear or detachment is a physical injury to the eye. And it is so easy to see how and why fast changing physical force on the eye could break loose a retina or portion thereof - particularly in older people whose vitreous has shrunk and is already trying to pull away.

Now, a case could be made that refraining from rubbing your eyes for people prone to tears is possibly only a postponement. But, in my book, any postponement of serious health issues is a good thing!

Eventually, I had a tear in my other eye. But not for 10 more years. From that first experience in 2002, I had steadfastly refrained from any serious eye rubbing. There's not a shred of doubt in my mind that I brought on that first tear with vigorous rubbing the night before.
https://www.abc.net.au/health/talkin...18/3592456.htm

Bottom line is that, yes, there are most definitely things people can do to reduce their chances of retinal detachment.
Very good point about the hard rubbing. Ever since my retinal problems surfaced, I have been careful not to rub my eyes too strongly. And with us ladies, we are always tugging as we remove eye makeup and mascara, so....it's gentle, gentle, gentle.
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Old 05-31-2019, 04:24 PM
 
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My first retinal tear was six weeks after my cataract surgery. Coincidence? Maybe, maybe not.
My money (if I had any ) would be on not.
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Old 05-31-2019, 04:51 PM
 
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I heard that RD is more prevalent with males after a cataract surgery.
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Old 05-31-2019, 04:53 PM
 
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Smile Good info on the rubbing....

Never thought of that.

I usually pat them dry with a towel but there have been times when a little rub feels so good.
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Old 05-31-2019, 04:59 PM
 
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I heard that RD is more prevalent with males after a cataract surgery.
Why would that be? Is there a physiological difference between male and female eyeballs?
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Old 05-31-2019, 05:25 PM
 
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Why would that be? Is there a physiological difference between male and female eyeballs?
I found numerous sources that say incidence is higher in men, but none of them explained why. My impression is that cataract surgery raises RD risk in women as well, just not as much as it does in men.
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