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You are very lucky to have any useful vision at all at this point.......
As a retina specialist, based on what you have posted, I agree with your doctors. I would not have done anything different in treating your retinal issues. It sounds like you got state of the art care.
No. Not at this time. Also, based on your history you will have to be watched very closely after removal of the silicone oil. Sometimes I leave it in for an extended time.
perflourocarbons are used many times in giant retinal tear repairs...I would expect it was used in your case at one point or another.....that being said, it is nothing to worry about.
The fact that you have such good vision after all the surgeries your eyes have been through, the retinal detachments and having an eye full of oil I would tend to agree -- you have a much better chance then the average patient who has gone through what you have -- to end up with useful vision.
Yes. That is a known risk, but you can't leave the silicone oil in forever as it has some toxicity to the photoreceptors.
It sounds like you are in the hands of a very well trained, highly skilled retinal surgeon.
Watch very, very closely for a redetachment when you take out the oil.....and cross your fingers.
I have been practicing retina for almost two decades and have done a stint as a teacher in a retina department at a Ophthalmology program....and everything you are telling me makes perfect sense.
It is always best to repair a detachment as quickly as possible, however, if the macula is already detached a delay of a few days doesn't seem to make that big of a deal in final visual outcome. You, however, have a lot of other things going on then just that one detachment so I wouldn't kick yourself over that one....
It does seem that both your eyes were at high risk for retinal issues. Hopefully you are now "over the hump" and things will only get better. I do not see the need for you to jump to another surgeon -- the care you are getting makes perfect sense to me and your outcome has been way above average.....
I have a very colleague, a retina surgeon, who came to the USA from Beruit in the 80's. He is a top notch retina surgeon so I am not surprised that you are getting good care in Lebanon.
Yes. Your right eye is at risk for a re detachment when the oil is removed.
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