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Im a 60 year-old male in good health. Had cataract surgery

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I'm a 60 year-old male in good health. Had cataract surgery in both eyes approximately 10 years ago. This morning I noticed about 5-6 floaters in my right eye that were new. This afternoon I noticed that if I held my head stationary and shifted my vision from down to forward, there appears an opaque semisphere which appears for a second at the bottom of my right eye. Otherwise my vision seems normal, floaters have mostly gone away.
Is this likely a retinal tear?
It's Saturday evening, should I see my opthamologist on Monday or do something sooner?

Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Eye
Expert:  Dr. Dan B. replied 6 years ago.

Hello and thanks for your question.


Dan, with the sudden onset of several new floaters and this visual field defect in your eye which has had prior surgery, I would not wait until Monday. I would recommend that you call your ophthalmologist's office now and speak to the on-call doctor; this does sound suspicious for a retinal detachment. You are even at more risk if there is a family history of retinal detachments or you are highly myopic (nearsighted), at least prior to your cataract surgery anyway.


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