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This website is about preventing loss of eyesight due to Detached Retina
 

 
 
 
"If you're very nearsighted* & over 40 (maybe younger) you are more susceptible to Detached Retina-You have a 1 in 20 chance in your life time of a detachment versus 1 in 300 for the general population"
* -6.0 Diopter correction or greater

A Detached Retina is a Medical Emergency! - most people know about heart attack and a stroke, but few know about detached retina symptoms and the urgent need to get treatment.

Detached Retina Symptoms
Flashes of light, increase in Floaters, or a Dark Curtain across your field of vision.  Other symptoms very widely and include - holes in visual field, peripheral vision loss, wavy lines, and sometimes no symptoms. See an eye M.D. if you sense something strange or unusual going on with your vision.

You Need to Act Quickly
If you have any of the above symptoms go see an eye M.D. ASAP!  Call them at night, weekends or holidays. If the Retina is detached it should be reattached within 24 hrs for best outcome. Do not wait! Too many people wait. You won't die from inaction but you may lose sight in the affected eye.
 
My Detached Retina Story
On August 31, 1999, while doing computer work at 1:30 in the afternoon, a "Dark Cloud" began to move across my field of vision and I could not see out of my right eye (my best eye) after a few seconds. I was in the Ophthalmologist office closest to home by 3:30, with a Retinal Surgeon by 10:00 am the next day and out of eye surgery by 1:00 in the afternoon the third day. Three days that changed my life. I have recovered now but a lot has changed. No more running 3 to 4 miles three times a week, no more weight lifting, no more roller coasters. In 45 years of going to eye care specialists nobody warned me about the risk. I was pretty nearsighted with well over a 6 Diopter correction. If you are nearsighted you know what this means. My sister, who is also very nearsighted, also had never been warned about the risk. On January 1, 2001 the same thing happened to her!  We were able to get her to a retinal surgeon in 6 hours on a Holiday

What are your chances?

Overall chance of a detached retina in any given year for the general population in the U.S. is 1 chance in 15,000. Some sources indicate chances are 1 in 10,000. That's 25,000 people with a detached retina in the U.S. each year!

5% of very nearsighted people (over 6 Diopter correction) will experience a retinal detachment in their lifetime.

40 to 50 % of retinal detachment patients are nearsighted/shortsighted (myopic).

Your risk of detached retina increases:
1.If you are very nearsighted.
2. As you grow older.
3. If you are physically very active (including extra strenuous work e.g.  tree surgeon).
4. If you already had a Detached Retina in one eye (I am at high risk).

Best prevention is a periodic comprehensive eye exam by an Ophthalmologist who can assess your degree of risk and possibly catch a problem early while it can be treated more easily. Plan what you would do if you have symptoms

Check out the Detached-Retina news group on Yahoo groups to communicate with others in the same boat.

           

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