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Yes , retinal tears are precursors for retinal detachments.
Is there anything she can do?
Tears are treated with laser treatment. Lasers help to seal th e tears hus preventing them from extending into frank RD.
Does she really need complete rest for several weeks?
Is she short sighted?
yes - she wears glasses - and her prescription is about - 6.25/6.50
She would need a routine eye check up every 6 to 12 months, especially the dilated eye exam just to look for the intactness of the peripheral retina.
Will she eventually wind up with a detached retina? Also, please, if she will, does this aleays cause blindess?
No, there is no hard and fast rule that every short s8ghted should eventually end up with a detached retina.
Also, she is a smoker. Can smoking cause or aggravate this situation? Or is it irrelevant to this problem. Thank you
God forbid even if one does end up with an RD, it can be treated sucessfully if operated at the earliest.
oh. I see
DId you see my question about smoking?
Smoking can cause reduced vision by another mechanism and not due to RD.
I see. One more question, please? The doctor told he she must remain at home - no driving, no working, no house cleaning etc for at least 2 - 3 weeks. Is this the usual practice for this problem after laser correction?
Perhaps I should have said REPAIR as opposed to correction
So - my question was: does she need to stay at home and do practically nothing for a few weeks?
She can do her routine chores.
can she drive?
Only if her vision is normal (20/20) with her glasses.
ok - thank you very much for your time. Have a good day
You are most welcome.
Have a good day and a great weekend.