About five days ago I had laser surgery
for three tears in my left-eye retina. I had noticed lots of floaters all of a sudden one morning, and (stupidly) waited two weeks before seeing the eye doctor. Two of the tears were fairly small, but the third one was larger and some fluid had started to leak in, as a prelude to detachment. The surgery was relatively painless on the first two tears, but quite painful for the larger tear.
I am very active in karate, and very nearsighted. In the doctor's opinion, the karate (even though I did have a large blow to the eye about 6 weeks ago) probably did not cause the tear, but rather just my nearsightedness
and age (I am 44).
After the surgery, the doctor said no karate (or other similar exercise) for a week. I had a followup checkup and the doctor said the eye was healing normally. I could return to karate in the next few days, but I am quite nervous.
Do you think vigorous exercise is okay - karate entails lots of jumping around and rolls and whatnot, along with the occasional sparring. I am afraid of more tears, but don't want to give up karate. Also is one week really enough time for the eye to recover from the surgery? I have a followup in 6 months, but what if I have a problem well before that?
Since my floaters haven't gone away following the surgery (as the doctor said they wouldn't), how would I know if I have another tear. I already have so many floaters, that how would I recognize any new injury?
I'm really worried about the future of my eye(s) but if vigorous exercise is ok, would loathe to give that up, as it benefits me in an enormous numbers of ways (fitness, social, anger management, activity with my children, you name it...)