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Dr. Dan B.
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hello, i have a odd problem with my retina. Ive had problems

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hello, i have a odd problem with my retina. I've had problems for 15/16yrs and finally got a answer a year ago. the Drs. say i have a deformed retina. Now my main thing is that my eye can get very sensitive to light which causes lots of pain. So far the only thing that has helped is putting a eye patch with some cotton batting, to stop the light and movement of my eye.Most of the time this helps after a few hrs. This pain can be aweful, and feels like someone is stabbing me in the eye.

Do you have any other ideas on what to do.
My Drs. say there is nothing that can be done.

Doctor DanB :

Hello and thanks for your question. Depending on exactly what is causing the sensitivity to light, one of two prescription drops may be helpful for you. The first...

Doctor DanB :

is a dilating drop called cyclopentolate (1 or 2%), is taken twice daily, and while it dilates the pupil a bit (which can make the eye a little more sensitive to light by itself), it can stop the pupil from bouncing back and forth in response to light, which in the case of many patients with light-sensitivity caused by inflammation, can help the pain considerably. Alternatively, a drop called pilocarpine can constrict the pupil. If the light-sensitivity is caused solely by too much light-exposure to the retina of that eye, constricting the pupil somewhat can help with that. Does that make sense?

Doctor DanB :

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