How JustAnswer Works:

  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.

Ask Dr-Trace Your Own Question

Dr-Trace
Dr-Trace, Board Certified Ophthalmologist
Category: Eye
Satisfied Customers: 26
Experience:  Board Certified in General Ophthalmology
66045090
Type Your Eye Question Here...
Dr-Trace is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

I have been diagnosed with a mocula hole in my left eye, my

Resolved Question:

I have been diagnosed with a mocula hole in my left eye, my other eye is extremely healthy, I did not even know it was there till I went in to see my optamatrist to get some new reading glasses. I am immunodeficient and have had several sinus surgeries. I was always told that a problem could incur with my eyes before each surgery. I had 2 sinus surgeries in a 6 wk. period about 15 mo. ago it was then I did notice I could not read as well. I was sent to a retina specialist after several tests they determined they wanted to do surgery. The dr. basically bullied me into signing up, after doing some research I realized the chance of fixing it was small, and to me the negatives outweigh the positives. The thing is that the retina dr. would not even listen or take into consideration my immunodeficiency problem which is big. At the appt. I said I wanted to opt to not have it ( I just cancelled the surgery, my specialist felt also felt the risks outweighed the benefits) he wouldn't even suggest anything or some kind of eye drops that might help, and since it is possible for the hole to close I would like to know what drops or things I could do to help a possible closure.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Eye
Expert:  Dr-Trace replied 2 years ago.

Dr-Trace :

Hi - I am Dr. Trace.

Dr-Trace :

I am sorry to hear of all your problems with the immunodeficiency and bullying by the retina specialist. In the end, you are your own advocate and have the final decision regarding what is right for you. If you felt the negatives outweighed the positives it is your choice.

Dr-Trace :

What I would like you to do however is get a second opinion from another retina specialist regarding the surgery. As far as I know, there is no drop or other treatment for macular holes besides surgery. I have found in my own patients that the surgery is successful and the hole does close with better visual improvement after surgery as opposed to no surgery.

Dr-Trace :

In terms of your immunodeficiency, the eye is a privileged site and not as suceptible to problems with immunodeficiency as other organs during surgery. In fact, we ophthalmologists use steroids in the eyes all the time and they are immunosuppresive drugs. Suppressing the immune system to a certain degree leads to less scarring and better healing inside the eye because the healing is slower and less scar tissue forms.

Dr-Trace :

I think you need a new retina doctor. No patient should ever feel bullied or uncomfortable with the answers their doctor is providing. I say to my patients all the time, "You would change your hairdresser if they did something you didn't like. Think how much more important your doctor is."

Dr-Trace :

I hope you will at least consider a second opinion. What I would like to see for you is a good visual outcome and this may be possible with all your concerns addressed.

Dr-Trace :

Please let me know if I can be of any further help.

Dr-Trace :

Dr. T

Customer:

Thank you that does help, I do intend to go ahead and get a second opinion.

Dr-Trace, Board Certified Ophthalmologist
Category: Eye
Satisfied Customers: 26
Experience: Board Certified in General Ophthalmology
Dr-Trace and other Eye Specialists are ready to help you

JustAnswer in the News:

 
 
 
Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.
 
 
 

What Customers are Saying:

 
 
 
  • I feel so much better today, and upon further investigation believe that there is a chance that the responses I got saved me from a serious, even life threatening situation. I am very grateful to the experts who answered me. Susan O. USA
< Last | Next >
  • I feel so much better today, and upon further investigation believe that there is a chance that the responses I got saved me from a serious, even life threatening situation. I am very grateful to the experts who answered me. Susan O. USA
  • Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help. Mary C. Freshfield, Liverpool, UK
  • This expert is wonderful. They truly know what they are talking about, and they actually care about you. They really helped put my nerves at ease. Thank you so much!!!! Alex Los Angeles, CA
  • Thank you for all your help. It is nice to know that this service is here for people like myself, who need answers fast and are not sure who to consult. GP Hesperia, CA
  • I couldn't be more satisfied! This is the site I will always come to when I need a second opinion. Justin Kernersville, NC
  • Just let me say that this encounter has been entirely professional and most helpful. I liked that I could ask additional questions and get answered in a very short turn around. Esther Woodstock, NY
  • Thank you so much for taking your time and knowledge to support my concerns. Not only did you answer my questions, you even took it a step further with replying with more pertinent information I needed to know. Robin Elkton, Maryland
 
 
 

Meet The Experts:

 
 
 
  • Dr. Dan B.

    Board Certified Ophthalmologist

    Satisfied Customers:

    2903
    Eye surgeon experienced in cataracts, glaucoma, retina & neuro-ophthalmology
< Last | Next >
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/DoctorDanB/2010-6-7_6228_just_answer_profile_picture_60_pixels.jpg Dr. Dan B.'s Avatar

    Dr. Dan B.

    Board Certified Ophthalmologist

    Satisfied Customers:

    2903
    Eye surgeon experienced in cataracts, glaucoma, retina & neuro-ophthalmology
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/anupamadesai/2010-04-13_122313_Dr._A.S.Desai_new_photo.jpg Dr. A.S. Desai's Avatar

    Dr. A.S. Desai

    Ophthalmologist

    Satisfied Customers:

    1903
    MS Ophthalmology with 11 years of surgical expereince
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/gsokoye/2009-10-28_181751_Dr._Stan.JPG Dr. Stan's Avatar

    Dr. Stan

    Ophthalmologist

    Satisfied Customers:

    895
    Johns Hopkins Fellowship Trained, Certified and Licensed Medical Physician and Surgeon
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/eyemd/2009-04-07_180315_pic.jpg Dr. Stevens's Avatar

    Dr. Stevens

    Ophthalmologist

    Satisfied Customers:

    629
    Board Certified Ophthalmologist
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/CO/CorneaDoc/2012-2-18_0390_photo6.64x64.jpg Dr. Susan's Avatar

    Dr. Susan

    Ophthalmologist

    Satisfied Customers:

    217
    Board Certified & Fellowship trained eye surgeon.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/neuph94/2009-10-11_164729_gif_pic.GIF Dr. JP's Avatar

    Dr. JP

    Ophthalmology, Oculoplastic Surgery

    Satisfied Customers:

    28
    Harvard Medical School, Massachussetts Eye and Ear
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/JA/JACUSTOMERjcufyksv/2012-3-13_44825_crop3.64x64.jpg Dr-Trace's Avatar

    Dr-Trace

    Board Certified Ophthalmologist

    Satisfied Customers:

    26
    Board Certified in General Ophthalmology