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How after a small retinal tear has been sucessfully repaired

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How long after a small retinal tear has been sucessfully repaired using laser surgery should one continue to experience flashes in the region of the tear.
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Eye
Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 5 years ago.
Dr. Rick :

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Dr. Rick :

It is not unusual for you to experience flashes of light from continued vitreous traction even after having laser to repair a retinal tear. There is no "usual" time frame for the flashes to continue since every patient is different as to how long the vitreous takes to completely detach from the peripheral retina.

Dr. Rick :

Of course, while you continue to experience the flashes of light you are still at risk for a new hole to be torn in your retina. If you notice a large increase in your floaters, a "ton" more flashes of light (like a thunder storm) or a curtain coming across your vision from any direction, get in to see your ophthalmologist right away. Also, if you have any concerns I recommend you get in for an exam....better safe then sorry :)

Dr. Rick :

All of this being said, the majority of patients notice a marked decrease, if not a complete cessation, in their flashes of light within 6 to 8 weeks of the vitreous starting to detach. Keep in mind, however, that if yours last more or less then this it doesn't mean anything is "going wrong"

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Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 5 years ago.
Let me know if there are there any other concerns or issues you would like to discuss on this topic.
Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 5 years ago.
I see you are online now and have read my post. I am also online right now. Is there anything else you would like to ask me or that you would like discussed in greater detail? Let me know....