Hi. I'm online and happy to answer your question today.
I am a retina specialist and I believe it is OK for you to fly. Should you ride the roller coasters? No.
You are likely experiencing a PVD or posterior vitreous detachment, a common event that happens in many people. You have a thick gel material in the middle of your eyes called the vitreous. Over time as it liquefies, this gel material collapses on itself, forms little clumps that you can see as dots, lines or bugs. As these clumps form the vitreous pulls away from the wall of the eye. In the process it can stimulate the retina -- causing the flashes that you may see. It is recommended that you see your ophthalmologist to look at the retina to make sure there are no problems such as a retinal hole or tear. In most cases, there are no problems, but this exam is precautionary and allows for preventative treatment of any lesions that are found. If you notice a sudden increase in floaters, flashes of light (like a lightning storm), or a shadow/veil in the periphery of your vision, this can be worrisome for a retinal detachment. You would need to contact your ophthalmologist promptly in that case.
I guess that sums it up. No sense going to Disney to sit on the sidelines.
In the vast majority of times a vitreous detachment does not lead to retina problems
I am aware of thatbecause thankfully the other I has been stable for awhile now. (meaning no worse)
There is a lot more to do at Disney World then the roller coasters, as a matter of fact they only have two or three of them in the park, the rest are gentle rides
good point. thank you
As long as you don't have the symptoms of a retinal detachment I think you will be OK. The other good news is that there are a lot of ophthalmologists in Orlando should you have a problem. As a matter of fact the entire American Academy of Ophthalmology, myself included, will descend on Orlando in a few months for our annual meeting.
Sounds good. enjoy!
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