Hi Dr, yes I can chat for about 20 min
what do you mean by "Tara stable"? I guess the problem I have understanding is, if the laser surgery takes 5 days to set the scars properly, than what do you gain by waiting additional weeks before resuming activity?
What happens in between the first week and the third or fourth week of waiting to resume?
One thing I am worried about is, how to tell if I have a re-injury once I resume exercise. I was alerted to this problem by the floating specs/cobwebs/"hair strands" in my eye. This was a big contrast to the clear vision of before. Initially I put it down to ocular migraines or something that would go away. Since the last surgery last week, I still pretty much have all these floating specs still (my doctor said that was normal). I'm concerned that if I reinjure my eye, causing more floating specs or strands, I wouldn't be able to notice because of the other junk already there. I am nervous about waiting six months to a checkup after resuming karate, but yet hate to give up exercising. In an ideal world, I would have my retina checked every few days but of course that's impossible in a practical sense. Do you think someone engaged in heavy exercise, who has had retinal-tear surgery, should be checked more often? Or is it up to me, to somehow notice any increase in floaters. By the way, I never did have any flashing-light symptoms.
Yes, you make sense. After this period of rest/recovery, would I be able to go back to my normal exercise level, or I am now more sensitive to tearing and need to somehow find a way to be very cautious, if that's possible? I guess I am not sure, that if the laser surgery is successful, will I able to be able to go back to my former level of exercise and jumping around. I am nervous about it. My doctor seems to think I should be ok, but I wanted to hear another opinion - have you had patients who have reinjured themselves after retinal-tear surgery, by too much strain/exercise?
I have even considered quitting karate, but for me that's a drastic step and I wouldn't want to do it, unless I was at significantly-increased risk for further retinal-injury trouble. By the way, this is the first such problem (with my eyes) that I have had. Except for my ever-present nearsightedness (I am -7 in that eye, and -6.5 in the other).
I think you have answered my concerns. Thank you.