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can you tell me are you seeing small dots or a big clump of floaters?
I am seeing lots of tiny black dots.
what you are experiencing are vitreous floaters
The gas or air was put in your eye to maintain the retina in the attached position till the healing is complete
that is why you were asked to maintain a particular position.
The dots that you are seeing are due to inflammation which is normally present post-operatively
this will also decrease slowly as the inflammation subsides
rarely, there might be some residual bleeding or vitreous hemorrhage, which will absorb slowly with time
when was your last follow up with your eye surgeon?
My last appt was the day after my surgery which was last Wed. I understand about the bubble & the bedrest. You say that inflammation is causing the dots but what exactly am I looking at - RBC's, WBC's, debris, air bubble, left over debris from the bleed? Also, how do you determine if this is a residual bleed? Where would this come from - the original tear site?
in majority of cases the bleeding caused by a retinal tear is removed during surgery
but rarely some RBC's remain adherent at some placed of the retina and are left behind for them to absorb slowly
in post inflammation, the floaters atht you see are mostly WBC
if your surgeon saw you after surgery, then he must have examined the retina
if he was able to see your retina, then the bleed has been removed or cleared during surgery
Yes, my doctor saw the retina & he said it looked good but I don't see him for another week. I just wanted to know if the "dots" were something that I should call him about or if they are normal. It sounds as if they are normal.
no, the dots are seen normally
if there is sudden decrease in vision in the operated eye like a curtain, then you need to consult him
to look for a re-bleed or re-detachment of retina
Thank you, You were very helpful.