Patient Comments: Retinal Detachment - Symptoms

What symptoms did you experience with your retinal detachment?

Comment from: MD, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: December 22

I noticed a transparent floater for a few weeks in my right eye so I went to see an optometrist who agreed it was just a floater. I wasn't happy with his diagnosis so I went to see a retinal surgeon and had a gas vitrectomy to repair the retinal detachment, the next day. The surgeon told me nothing about the recovery process nor the risks involved except to guarantee a cataract in 2 years. Most of my eyesight has been saved but I have lost 20 percent of my peripheral vision due to the surgery. Apparently in some people the gas dehydrates the retina. I'm -8.5 and still getting worse!

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Comment from: JanSooCan, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 11

The only symptom I had before discovering my retinal detachment was seeing floaters. I saw what looked like fruit flies. There was no pain at all.

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Comment from: Sabel, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 01

Last July 13, I woke up in the morning with my right eye looking very red as in, it had blood clot in it. It was not painful nor itchy though but I was a bit worried because that was the first time I had it. I didn't seek medical assistance right away. What I did was I used cold cucumber slices like patches in my eyes during night time for 3 consecutive days. Thank goodness it helped a little bit. The dark red color became lighter. But just to make sure that nothing is really serious, I went to see an ophthalmologist, and bingo! I have retinal degeneration. As of the moment, the specialist told me that there's nothing to worry because it's an age related problem. And for the floaters, she said that everybody is experiencing it but I must be vigilant about its size and frequency of appearance. I will be turning 53 soon.

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Comment from: 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: May 01

My retinal detachment happened to me at age 30. No other health issues, it just randomly happened. I noticed a floater in eye which prompted me to seek help. No treatment was offered.

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Comment from: snap1, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: April 16

I am on my 3rd detached retina. The first one occurred about 12 years ago. And seems to be holding its own with the scleral buckle. The second occurred 7 years ago in the other eye. I have always had trouble with tons of floaters in this eye after the surgery with the scleral buckle; to the point I would have to blink my eye to get them to move so that I could see what I was reading. Now, seven years later here I am with another detached retina in the second eye, having it repaired with the gas bubble. My doctor told me more than likely this one was caused by scar tissue rubbing against the retina and forming a tear. Just for the record I did not know you could have a second in the same eye. I figured after it was fixed; it was fixed. So, if you"ve had a detached retina already, you are not omitted from having this problem again. And diabetes is not the only reason for this retina problem. And it does not occur in just in older people. I am a healthy, 50 plus man who has had problems since I was in my 30s.

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Comment from: Al, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: March 21

I have been seeing a specialist for 12 years for retinoschisis, (fraying at the edge of the retina). He said it would remain stable and it has for all that time. I have had a floater in my right eye for all that time out of the main field of vision and stable. About a month ago, however, I noticed the floater changing shape and getting bigger. Black dots eventually appeared. Suddenly, five days ago, a streak of blood appeared across the field of vision in the right eye that dispersed into a web-like effect. I went to an eye surgery center the next day and was told after the exam that the vitreous had detached from the retina, ruptured a blood vessel, and tore a small hole in the retina. I had laser surgery that day. Afterwards, I had a minor headache and vague nausea for a day or two. Now it seems fine and my vision is clear. The only problem is that the floater has moved into the center of vision in my right eye, and is stained, I guess from the blood discharge. The doctor said that the stain would clear up. I don't know what will happen with the floater.

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Comment from: lolo, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 08

Sunday evening I had a bit of a headache. I woke up on Monday morning as if I had a misaligned contact. I also had floaters. As the day progressed, a shade started forming in the inner corner and moving up and outward. Went to the doctor in the morning, and the doctor confirmed I had a retinal detachment and had to have surgery that afternoon. I could not see out of my eye by the afternoon of surgery. The Doctor said my retinal detachment happened unusually fast. I am still recovering.

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