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were you seen by an ophthalmologist? A retina specialist?
Ok. I am a retinal specialist. If a retina doc said that she was going to "watch" your localized retinal detachment you, most likely, have retinoschisis.
This is a condition where the layers of your retina split. It is usually located in the periphery like you stated and, in most cases, is not progressive and requires no treatment. However, sometimes "holes" can form in the inner or outer layers, and then it can progress and need treatment.
What that means is you are getting excellent care. If you were in my office with the same condition I would not do anything different.
What can I do to help the healing process?
Unfortunately, there is nothing you can do at home to affect this condition. In the vast majority of cases retinoschisis does not progress and doesn't cause any loss of vision.
If you had to pick between the condition you have and a retinal detachment, having retinoschesis is the better way to go :o)
I am glad you were able to be examined by a retinal specialist...I've heard that it can be very difficult to get into a subspecialist in the UK...
As I said in my original message my eyesight has deteriorated and I want to know if continuing to put strain on my eyes will hamper recovery.
Also, you do not have to worry about hurting your eyes by 'putting additional strain on them' You will not damage your eyes by using 'em.
looks like we were typing on the same topic at the same time :)
Would my high blood pressure be having an impact on my condition
No, that should not have affected this at all.
On your next visit the retina specialist will look closely for the formation or any inner or outer layer holes, any progression in the retinoscheisis and the formation of a pigment line (although that usually takes a little longer to form) at the edge of the schesis. The pigment line, which must not have been present during your last exam, is a very strong sign that things are not progressing and that they have been stable for a long time.
I can not tell you enough how glad I am you were seen by a retinal specialist. This condition is easily misdiagnosed and mistreated.....
I was diagnosed with old age degenration 12 months ago when I suffered a !0%deteriation in eysight in an instant. 12 months later 5 weeks ago I woke with a shadow in my vision and my sight has since deteriarated. So this was a significant change in the condition?
If you are saying that you have dry age related macular degeneration, then you should be taking a multivitamin, such as ICaps or Occuvite per the recommendation of the AREDS study. If you smoke, however, these vitamins should be discussed with your GP first.
The sudden shadow in your vision is a classic symptom of a retinal detachment. If you had told me that you were seen by anyone other then an ophthalmologist or a retina specialist and told you had a localized detachment and come back in 8 weeks, I would be very concerned that they got it wrong. However, as a retina specialist myself, I know that we never make mistakes ;o) lol!
And, yes, that would qualify as a significant change....
I stopped smoking 7 years ago, I also exercise regularly have an excellent diet and take vitamin supplements so I hope you understand my concerns. I spend most of the day working on computer and producing reports and conducting data analysis and I am finding it a struggle even though I've increased resolution and font sizes anything else |I can do becuase I cant get a new eye prescription until it settles or I have to undertake further treatment.
Yes, I understand completely. It is good that you have given up smoking etc. Concerning your vision at the moment I wonder if you could just get an inexpensive set of new glasses to carry you over for now?
Actually, the difficulty with reading the computer is most likely due more to your macular changes then the retinoschesis.....
Ok Thank You for your advice, whats the worst case scenario if condition doesn't improve and indeed gets worse within the next 8 weeks.
Should the schesis cause a retinal detachment (this is not common by the way) then it might be able to be treated with laser in the doctors office, the injection of a gas bubble in the office, or it may need repair in the operating room. The good news? Since you are being closely watched, and are obviously very aware of your condition and symptoms, any problems/progression would be treated before it becomes a real problem.
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Yes I'm still here. I'm glad I took the opportunity to get some impartial feedback that confirms original diagnosis. I guess I'll have to struggle on while symptoms stabalise or progress. Thank you for your responses to my questions
My pleasure. Have a good Mothers day....if they do that in the UK
Thanks Jim. Best of luck to you.
They do but we do it in March. June for Father's day