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Posterior vitreal detachment?

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  • Posterior vitreal detachment?

    Anybody experience one of these? Riding with it? My OD dx'ed it yesterday (after i went to the ER and at the request of the on call MD at my regular doc's practice) and i'll be calling my retina guy tomorrow, but i was wondering if anyone has it and if/how much you're restricting your riding activities. TIA
    Today I will be happier than a bird with a french fry.

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    Sorry I didn't see this and respond in time to be of help. Maybe someone else will find it who needs information. I had a spontaneous detachment several years ago. As I was cleaning the bathroom, I noticed a new, large floater in my eye. Within a minute or so, I started seeing "lights" zipping around the periphery of my vision in my right eye. I immediately went to my GP's office, who sent me straight to the retinal specialist at the University Hospital. Luckily, it was a vitreal detachment, and not a retinal detachment. The vitrea normally pulls away from the back of the eye as we age, but it usually does it slowly enough that most people don't have any symptoms. The lights are how your eye interprets the tugging of the vitrea pulling on the back of the eye, much like it interprets pressure if you push on your eyelids. I had a few follow-up appointments, but that's been it. The flashing lights are a distraction, but you get used to it and they eventually stop. I don't think I had any restrictions. My left eye was much less affected when it pulled loose, and I had only a tiny new floater and a hint of the lights. One word of caution: if you have a sudden increase in the number or size of floaters in your eye, especially brown or red ones, get yourself to an eye doctor (MD) ASAP, especially a retinal specialist if you can.


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      Adding to that, if ever you start noticing lines on the pavement undulating as you drive along, or if you are suddenly missing part of your field of vision, see Opthalmologist right away. I recently was treated successfully for a macular hole, which is a hole in the retina caused by traction on it by the vitreous. The vitreous (as the Doctor explained) deteriorates with age and exerts traction. The cure was vitrectomy surgery, which required 10 days of 'face down positioning' post-op. I was able to ride 6 weeks after surgery.
      RIP Sasha, best dog ever, pictured shortly before she died, Death either by euthanasia or natural causes is only the end of the animal inhabiting its body; I believe the spirit lives on.


      • Original Poster

        what both of the above said.

        i've been to the retina guy twice now; he's blissfully happy with how the eye looks. no retinal holes or tears. no restrictions on activities. going back to see him in september.

        i won't lie though--having all this crap tumbling around in my vision can be a royal PITA. some days are better than others for some reason, but i'm sort of resigned to it being this way forever. presumably the other eye will go at some point; i'm just casually paying attention, and if it goes i'll call the retina guy again.

        for folks in the MD area--the wilmer eye institute at hopkins in baltimore has an eyeball emergency room, if you do something drastic to yourself on the weekend.

        my mother has a stable macular tear at the moment; hopefully it won't progress, as she's not thrilled about the face-down thing; the good news is that my SIL is a massage therapist and can let her have a table and massage chair to make it easier.
        Today I will be happier than a bird with a french fry.