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My daughter was hit in the eye with a soccer ball 5 days ago

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My daughter was hit in the eye with a soccer ball 5 days ago and now has blurry vision due to a swollen retina. The dr. told her yesterday the swelling had gone down somewhat but she continues with the blurry vision. Is there a certain amount of time before we should be concerned that she won't get her vision back?
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Was your daughter examined by an ophthalmologist (eye MD), or an optometrist?

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As what to expect concerning the return of your daughters vision or how long this will take, it depends upon what is wrong with her retina. Do you remember the eye doctor saying anything about "berlin's edema"?

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Customer: replied 5 years ago.
She is at college and did see an opthamologist and he called it commotio retina
Ok. That's good. That is just another term for Berlin's edema.
The good news? The ophthalmologist is correct. This doesn't require any drops and will resolve on its own. Of course, like everything in medicine, some patients have complications that can cause vision problems but this is very rare.
Here is a very good article on this topic.
How long will it take for her vision to come back? If her macula (the important part of her retina used for all daily visual tasks) is involved, it may take 4 to 6 weeks. I would recommend that she be re-examined by an ophthalmologist 5 to 7 days after her last examination just to make sure things are going in the right direction.
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Customer: replied 5 years ago.
She saw him the day after the accident and then again yesterday when he said the swelling was going down and told her to return in one month. I guess I just wanted to verify his findings to try to decide if she should get a second opinion?
It sounds like your daughter is getting excellent care. That is the same schedule I would examine her if she was in my office and there were no complicating features noted.
Remember, as a retina specialist I mostly see the complicated cases....doesn't sound like your daughter needs me ;)
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