Hi. I'm online and happy to answer your question today.
I am a retina surgeon. Thank you for your history.
You are correct. No contact sports, heavy exercise or jumping up and down until after the laser spots have had a chance to scar down around your retinal tear.
In my practice I tell patients to avoid any heavy activity for 7 to 10 days in order to all the the laser "welds" to scar down strongly enough to be considered permanent.
So. In your case. No jogging. And as to weight lifting...that all depends. What you might call light and what an Olympic Champion Weight lifter might call light are two different things......I would do very little weight lifting, maybe limiting yourself to what your wife/girlfriend can easily lift :-)
Thank you Dr. Rick. Could there be any risk involved in the future from performing such exercises like running and heavy lifting even after the tear has healed?
No. Once the tear has healed you can resume all your activities.
You can do as much eye movement stuff you want....
Does this answer your question to your satisfaction?
haha yeah I had was going to keep the working out moderate in the meantime..I have gone jogging shortly after the laser surgery and the day after thinking my Dr. meant to avoid activities that required sudden eye movements. It wasn't until I started reading more that I realized exercising could be a problem. Could there be risks for me having done so?
Are you having more flashes of light or noticing a curtain coming across your vision from any direction at this moment?
No. It's the same as before the laser surgery.
Ok. You are most likely fine....no harm done.
Thank you for your time and answers Doctor. My last follow-up question would be based on having looked up-left during my laser surgery. Does that give any indication of where the position of the tear is and how severe it might be?
Yes. Your most likely had a peripherial superortemporal retinal tear. I'm glad you got this fixed before it progressed too far as tears in this area can progress fairly quickly.
That doesn't change your prior response..that I may resume prior activities once this has healed correct?
Even kickboxing in the future once fully healed
That is correct. Although it is always a good idea to try not to get kicked in the head
Thank you so much Dr. Rick. That answers my questions to my satisfaction.
haha I try not to let that happen
My pleasure. Have a good evening
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You too. Thank you again.