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i believe i might have the start of a detached retina, the

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i believe i might have the start of a detached retina, the picture of my eye looked like i had stretch marks on my left eye. I had cat surgury on my left eye four years ago and on my right two years ago. Iam 50 years old. what are symtoms that i need to be looking for, and than if it is happening what happens next.

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The stretch marks in the back of your eye (retina) is common in persons with history of nearsightedness (myopia) or larger eye balls, but not in all case (it can be seen in normal non-myopic eye as well). It is not harmful, except that your eye may be at a higher risk of retinal injury if you get hit in the eye (trauma). It is unlikely that you have retinal detachment, however, due to the thinner retina you may be at a higher risk of having retinal detachment following eye insult. For this reason, it is important that you maintain routine eye check up with dilated eye examination to exclude the presence of any retina tear or holes which can serve as the beginning point of retinal detachment. In general, if you have retinal detachment the symptoms include severe flashes, floaters and decrease vision like a curtain veil coming over the eye. If you have any of such symptoms, I suggest that you follow-up with your eye doctor for closer dilated eye examination.

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