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I also have some retinal thickening but my cataract surgery

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I also have some retinal thickening but my cataract surgery was six years ago. A small retinal tear was also repaired by laser around that time. One symptom that bothers me is a feeling of slight inebriation. Happens when I'm driving. No other signs and BP is normal and there is no diabetes. Any ideas?

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Can you tell me more about what you mean by this feeling of "slight inebriation"?

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Customer: replied 4 years ago.
This more perceptual than anything; like that of the mild "buzz" (without a change in mood, attitude, behavior,thinking or any other parameter)that you can get from a glass of wine. It appears to be related to the eye problem.
I've not known any ocular or retinal issue that would manifest only as a slight buzz without any other ocular or visual symptoms or findings....but, hey, I've only been a retinal surgeon for 20 years and know enough to know that I don't know everything. That is why is is called "practicing" medicine ;-)

I guess, if you haven't already done this, the first place to start would be a complete eye exam. If that all comes back normal then I'd hit up your internal medicine doc.

I just can't imagine a way that what you are experiencing now is related to your history of cataract surgery and a little bit of laser around a peripheral retinal tear...

Does this make sense to you?

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Customer: replied 4 years ago.
Your response is pretty much as expected; just doing a double check for my own comfort. I am a psychologist not a physician but I am married to one. Anyway, I will get the obligatory chem and cbc and meditate on whether it is worthwhile to actually go see a retinal specialist. BEcause of the thickening, the old scar cannot be seen.
Hmmm...a laser scar around a retinal tear should be visible for your entire life even with the expected scar formation.

It's no fun to be "an interesting case", eh?

What type of medicine does your wife practice?

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