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Hi David
I found your 'post' interesting to read! I was at work when my detachment occurred and I thought it was something else!
I went directly to the local hospital But they didn't t find it and gave me drops which I used daily.
I later on went to see my GP who referred me again to the hospital, I then saw a Specialist who was Brilliant But by the time I was examined at Moorfields, it was too late!

Incidentally I am also deaf in the same side as the 'bad' eye!

So the moral of the story is seek help if in doubt!

Regards. P C D
June 18, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterPeter Duckett
Hi Marilyn,

My eye surgeon was adamant that you should not fly if the gas bubble had not been completely absorbed. Something to do with the gas expanding with the pressurization of the aircraft. I guess if it was a very small bubble left, it might not be a problem, but if it is anything other than small, I'd be very wary about flying.

Regards . . . David
March 22, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterDavid Astley
I had surgery forRD 2 weeks ago under local anaesthetic I had to sit upright for first week only, I had gas bubble in eye and I am still aware of it, at my appointment yesterday doc said things were progressing well I told him I had a holiday booked in 2 weeks time (flying) he said it should be ok but my problem is what if I am still aware of gas bubble what will I experience when I fly, I am a nervous flyer at best of times.
March 18, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMarilyn
Thank you David for sharing your experience with your eyes. Also, all others telling their stories. I am a 53 yr old guy, who from 12/29/14 to 1/26/15 had a retina detachment and 3 tears corrected by
laser and freezing. All that in less than a month. 1/18/15, no new tears but am scared to death more will appear and I worry about my other eye.

I have severe anxiety and am having trouble coping with this even with my good diagnosis today. I coach two sports year round and live a very active life. Just don't know what to do. Dr. keeps saying odds are so small of having more tears but they keep appearing. Oh well, I will push on and take it day by day like the people here seem to be doing. Good luck and healthy eyes to all.
January 29, 2015 | Unregistered Commentermark
Thank you for sharing your experience. I also had vitreomacular traction. Mine appeared rather quickly but I did not have the flashing or floaters. I am an artist and suddenly noticed when doing detail work that I had lost vision in my right eye. It had progressed to a full macular hole. It was 20/20 one year prior at my exam. Being in my 60's I'm just the right age for this. Odd that my left eye and brain compensated for this until I tried some detail work. I couldn't even see the large E on the snellen chart. Only the peripheral vision remained. My hole was too large for the new jetrea shot but I also was told that leaves you with everything looking yellow permanently--unacceptable for an artist. Eleven days after vitrectomy I could see a blurry 20/70. The doctor was pleased-- I was scared and grieving my loss. Now Five weeks after surgery I am sure my vision has improved much more and my "home testing" makes me think my eye exam next week will show perhaps something near 20/40ish. I do have trouble with the green street signs if looking only with that eye. But black on white is easier because of the contrast. I do not yet have a corrective distance lense as I have only needed for reading in the past and it is best to wait a bit as there is, hopefully, more improvement to come. The six days face down because of the gas bubble really wasn't as bad as I thought but I was glad when it was over. I used a massage chair and a donut in bed at might. A mirror on the spa chair allowed watching TV. I had a large number of tiny black floaters, like knats, after the gas bubble disappeared that were most predominant when looking at the sky. Much of that is gone, only a trace left. Lots of progress over the last five weeks and I understand the first six months has lots of healing and even minor improvements up to 2 or 3 years later. My biggest fear is what if this happens to my left eye. Doctor gave me a testing device to look through daily to monitor any changes. He says there is only a ten percent chance. It was shocking to have this happen but I try to keep it in perspective and separate that out and allow myself to be grateful for an excellent surgeon and the eyesight that is being preserved. That is essential. We cannot change what has happened. I now take vitamin C and multivitamin to help with healing and healthy eye and am eating lots of foods that provide vitamin A. To those of you experiencing this, have lots of patience. Your eye will take some time to heal and everyone will be different. Do not lose hope. All is not lost. Get a good surgeon and do it quickly. Do not delay.
September 4, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCarol M
I can recommend the Rutnin Eye Hospital on Asok Montri Road in Bangkok, Ritva. I had my right eye lasered there once when I noticed a tear developing whilst traveling in Thailand. The facilities are modern and the doctors seemed competent. It is within walking distance of the Phetchburi MRT station. Their website is www.rutnin.com
August 16, 2014 | Registered CommenterDavid Astley
Hi David and all following this blog
I have just received 4th laser treatment "stiching" to my left eye. I had symptoms already in June and was checked by an opthalmologist here in Kathmandu Nepal but due to lack of appropriate equipment the tear went unnoticed until I went to Finland (my home country) for second opinion. I have been severely myopic almost all my life so retinal problems have been in my knowledge as long as I remember, and this is lucky as I insisted that something was not right hence travelled for a second opinion.. There was a clear tear which was lasered trice and I was allowed to return to Kathmandu where I live. However, now two weeks later I had to seek advice from a retinal specialist here and laser was renewed once again.
I would need advice from readers who live in India (Delhi) or Thailand (Bangkok) about good international standard facilities that can treat retinal detachment IF I ever need treatment for that (India and Thailand are within relatively easy reach from here). I am a nurse by profession and want to be prepared, and know that laser and cryo can be done here but for anything more complicated I need to go out of the country. I have googled Delhi and Bangkok facilities however, as they are in hundreds, and as I am new to the region it is very difficult to know whom to contact. I would like to find a consultant and hospital and make an intial contact just in case if I ever need help. .
Thanking you in advance for possible advice
and David - yet your article is already some years old I truly benefiited from reading it. Thank you for sharing your experience.
August 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRitva Jantti
Thanks for the great article; A guide for expatriate drivers in Malaysia

After living here for about a year now, I would say your guide would be 90% close to reality...sadly.

Cheers mate.
August 4, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMak
Hi David!!
Many thanks for the resume over Your experience ofa RD. I had my RD in feb 2014 and at that time did not know anything. google and found out that it was normal for my sex and age ( male 66 y). But it was not right at all.it was totally wrong and I have my RD sealed by lazer and had also gaz injection three times. After 4 months still having problems as it is not attatched in a right way. I have unfortunally did to much sport during the healing period which have caused more problems. Now the doctor ( DocCaihita Cebu, philippines)who seems very good like to change from gaz to silicon oil. I try to find out if that is the right way..I have still some 20% ofmygaz injection inmy eye and liket to take a flight back to sweden for more eye treatment but as I can see I have to wait to at least 90% of the gaz bubble is away from the eye.It also seems important which gaz injection I have (mixrure) and important seems also to be which sort of aircraft I will go with as they have different cabin air pressure. I do not know but I will prob go with a boing 777 300 and than Airbus 380. Probably the best choice as thouse aircraft are new and high ranked. Butso many thinks that was unknown and now taking over my life. I have tried to find a way back to eruopeby trans sibirian train russia vladivostok to sweden but I have just air flight connection from Philippine to Vladivostok..Anyhow many thanks to allofYou for your stories thatgive mystrenght to try to find out a good solution with my new lifestyle..
June 12, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterOve Ohlund
Thanks for your blog, David. I am sitting here waiting to hear news about my husband, and his retina surgery. It is very stressful. I was wondering about airplane travel causing retina tears, and I am very happy to hear that you have been traveling by air since your surgery. Travel is a big part of my husband's job and he had just gotten home prior to having the symptoms. Of course I was putting two and two together thinking about air pressure and fearing that he would not be able to fly anymore, which would seriously impact his job. Not good to find a new job when you are 50. I am also worrying about the fact that he reads things up really close off of his smartphone all the time, and I was thinking maybe that would worsen his nearsighted problem. I already know that nearsighted people get retina problems.
Anyway, it is useful to read posts by people who are doing okay and living with this problem, because it helps me get through this particular moment when I am really upset. God bless you, and I hope you stay well.
November 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAmy
Hi Helen. Soreness of the eye is not usually a symptom of a retinal tear (they are usually completely painless) so it could well be something else you are suffering from. However, to be on the safe side, until you get a proper check-up, don't do any heavy lifting. If you are experiencing a retinal tear, that will aggravate it. Other household chores, reading, watching TV, etc. won't aggravate it. But if you suddenly experience black floaters in conjunction with the bright flashes, or see a black patch anywhere within your field of vision, then get yourself to an emergency room as soon as you can.
July 14, 2013 | Registered CommenterDavid Astley
Thank you for your clear and concise information on retina tear. I
had just replaced my glasses for shortsightedness when I noticed flashing in my left eye and floaters. It was on a Friday, and I just carried on as usual thinking it was a reaction to the new lenses. Then my eye became sore and the flashes brighter and I became worried, and I began reading the internet information and blogs so went back to Optomitrist the next morning ( Saturday) . He said to test whether I could see my fingers wriggling out of the left and right side of my face, and if it got worse over the weekend to immediately go to a hospital. While I realise it was busy, being a country town, and he did some tests and said he would send a referral to my GP ' I would like to know what I should or should not be doing. I run my own home, should I be cleaning, chopping the wood for the fire, wearing the new glasses, driving the car, watching TV, reading etc?
I would be grateful for some interim feed back.
July 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHelen Turner
To Charlie and all of you. Thank you so much for your support. My cardiologist approved me for general anesthetic and my pulmonologist "prepared" me for surgery with a lot of updraft treatments (3/day plus 4 inhalers - all the same medicine). Two weeks later, my surgery went like a charm! After several weeks of head-down position and side position, a lot of trips back to the surgeon and some laser therapy/surgery he finally said "attached retina"! I asked him to repeat that and he admitted that he had been having his reservations also; but my retina is now completely attached.. What a thrill!!! Later, I had to go back to the pulmonologist for a breath test and it showed that I am in final stages of COPD. He didn't give me a prognosis of time, but my g.p. did. His comment was "Well you might live a year if you're lucky". I assumed that he was just in a mood because he was upset that I had had the surgery after so many others had labeled me "not a candidate for surgery". He was really upset when he found out about it. His remark really threw me for a loop and anxiety kicked in causing severe itching all over my body. I could count the hrs of sleep I've had in the last couple of weeks on one hand. Went to a different doctor for that though and he has really been working with me. The latest treatment being prednisone seems to be helping - I slept most of last night! The itching is subsiding. Fact is , howerver, the shortness of breath is not. I don't know how much time I have left; but with oxygen and good eyesight, I will be able to see it through and maybe get things in order before my time is up. Our 50th anniversary is in July and I hope to make it to then. The doctor I am going to now said "when you reach that goal, you can set another". I hope he's right. Wow! it has been a busy 4 mos for me but is wonderful to see..:-)
Thank you again for the support.................Barb
March 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBarb
Thank you so much for your web site. I have had two surgeries in two weeks time from a detached retina in my left eye I had the band and gas bubble first. I then spent a week laying flat on my face. I ended up having a second laser and oil surgery last week because my retina did not completely reattach. My retina is now 100% reattached. However, I have to have a third surgery to take the oil out in 2 to 3 months. My vision in my left eye is not good now. I was in a car accident. A lady accidentally rear ended me. It took a week and a half before I noticed any vision problems. Before the accident I had perfect vision in both eyes. It's hard to have to go through such a life changing event like this. I'm fairly young and travel a lot with my career as well. I'm also a young mother and I love to jog. I miss doing normal everyday things. I keep telling myself I will get better. Also my right eye still has perfect vision so I am grateful. The one thing I have learned is that life can change in an instant and we cannot take things for granted. Thank you again for your web site. Reading your experience has been most helpful. I wish you the best and I will keep you and other folks like us in my prayers.
December 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterShelley l
Hi David,
Many thanks for sharing your experience about retinal detachment (RD). I had RD surgury a few weeks ago and your blog has been a great source of information for me. One more thing i will like to know is your work life and productivity after the RD surgury as a journalist. I am a young researcher and a writer. I read and write alot almost everyday. I am wonder if i could still continue to do this or i need to be cautious. I think your experience would really be helpful.
December 13, 2012 | Unregistered Commenteruma
ho[e u can read this. had my retina detachment done 2 days ago; am in the facedown position now for two wks or more. hope not much more. just wanted u all to knoe i msfe i. wukk ket u know more whem i can typ;e,,,TY zll
December 2, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterbarb
Hi David
Can I just ask if you were ever advised to take vitamin/mineral supplements for your eyes? There is loads on the 'net' of course but Lutein and Zeaxanthin come up a lot as does Vit. A and zinc. Unsure whether these are for retinal health or more connected with AMD...........or just for general eye health. Someone recommended iCaps to me!! Any comment on this? Thanks
November 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKathy
Sorry barb, I meant I had my detached retina repaired under LOCAL anaesthetic and by the sounds of it our detachment were similar (I had a curtain shadows coverin about half my vision) might be worth asking about. Also I think argon is mainly used for tears and small repairs, I had lots of tears repaired in my left eye (FYI, it was more uncomfortable than the operation!!)
November 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCharlie
ps although it doesn't hurt so much as to be unbearable! I'm not trying to scare you. It's nothing like, say, an abscessed tooth. THAT hurts. This is painful and uncomfortable but bearable and short-lived. So don't be afraid!
November 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterT Hartwig
Hi Barb, I'm sorry, I should have elaborated. When I had my two retinal detachments due to vitreous separation, my retinal surgeon used argon laser to basically weld the tears back together. It's worth asking about, altho I must warn you that yes, it hurts - you are awake for the procedure, they numb the outside of the eye, but that laser does hurt, although I was told my reaction was atypical.

anyway do ask if laser retinal surgical repair is an option. I think I lucked out. All the best!
November 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterT Hartwig

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