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Hi. I'm online and happy to answer your question today. I am a retina specialist.
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I guess you have stepped away from your computer.
Let me address your concerns. With the history of a traction retinal tear and the presence of lattice, your ophthalmologist is correct in pointing out that the lattice places you at a high risk for future retinal tears as long as the traction is present.
As far as telling you that you will "never have to worry about a detached retina for the rest of your life" I have learned after two decades of being a retinal surgeon that nothing is never.......Will your risk of traction detachment/hole be greatly reduced by prophylactic laser around your areas of lattice. Absolutely.
Are there complications of laser to lattice? Yes, but in experienced hands they are very, very minimal compared to the benefits of the laser treatment....
So. You have turned on your computer and started reading..........There is a lot of stuff on the internet and not all laser to the retina is the same.......
Laser to lattice will NOT cause peripheral vision loss, blind spots or blurriness.
Is there debate about treating lattice? Yes, there is. Do I treat all the lattice I see? Nope.
That being said, if I personally had a retinal tear from traction (PVD etc) and my eye doc found a bunch of lattice that would be expected to have a strong attachment to vitreous strands I would consider having prophylactic laser applied to mine.....there, really, is no right or wrong answer here.
The back pepper spots are most likely not from the laser but rather from your vitreous. This is nothing to worry about at this time.
I think you should just finish up with the lattice laser treatment. The risks are very, very small and it will eliminate a source of worry for a retinal tear in the future. I do not believe that a retina surgeon would steer you wrong on this.
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