Unlikely that aerobic exercise alone, even with moderate "impact" can cause a recurrent retinal detachment. Not only were your detachments 'fixed" but the surgeon placed scleral buckles to decrease the possibility of future retinal tears and detachment.
On the other hand, make sure you use protective eye wear, as should everyone, when playing racket sports.
It would make good sense to ask this same question to your retina surgeon who knows the exact details of your personal situation.View Thread
For suitable eyes requiring cataract surgery there are a number of "upgrade" implants and procedures that target improved vision and less reliance on glasses and contact lenses after cataract surgery. These include multifocal, accommodative, and astigmatism correcting implants. The implant that you named is designed to correct astigmatism and decrease the need for reading glasses after cataract surgery.
The additional out of pocket fees that you mention sound fairly typical.View Thread
The fact that these visual problems occur for a very short time and go away completely suggests that there is nothing "structurally" wrong with the eye.
The doctor is correct to consider circulation to the eye (which does come through the carotid artery) and should probably take a look at your aunt's medication list. This could be a migraine type issue even without a headache. Are there any medications which were started at about the time these issues began? This could be a medication side effect.
If the issue continues she might get the most definitive answer by visiting a neuro-ophthalmologist. You can go to www.AAO.org and under "Find an Eye MD" search for a neuro-ophthalmologist close to you.View Thread
If the floaters are new are relatively new, you need to visit an ophthalmologist for a full dilated eye exam. The doctor will be looking for a retinal tear, retinal detachment or bleeding inside the eye. Luckily, in most cases the only finding will be a separation between the vitreous gel which fills the back of the eye and the retina. However, if a retina problem is found, it usually needs immediate treatment to prevent visual loss.
Most "normal" floaters are not treated. They tend to get less bothersome with time. For the vast majority of people, the risk of surgical treatment (there is no medical treatment) is much greater than the annoyance caused by the floaters.
Bottom line, if the floaters are new you need to be examined.View Thread
Sorry that you are having problems. Recurrent corneal erosions are a particularly uncomfortable (painful) condition.
When an erosion (spontaneous abrasion) condition involves only one eye, it is usually due to an injury which never completely healed. When both eyes are involved, it is likely due to to an inherited condition which we call map/dot/fingerprint or epithelial basement membrane dystrophy. In either situation, the surface cells have poor attachment to the corneal substance and "flake off". When this occurs, the corneal nerves are exposed and the pain occurs.
The first line of treatment is generally lubrication and especially the use of concentrated saline ointment (Muro 128). A thin bandage contact lens can be used as well. When medical measures fail, the loose and poorly adherent cells can be removed....actually causing a corneal abrasion with the expectation that the healed area will be more sturdy and less likely to flake off.
The cell removal is sometimes combined with a method to "rough up" the underlying corneal substance with the expectation that better adherence will take place after healing. This can be done with a diamond burr or a LASIK type laser. Or simply wiping off the poorly attached epithelial cells with dull blade can also work.
The success rate is rather high and the chance of complications such as infection is remotely low. The recovery is not instantaneous and it takes weeks for the corneal surface to stabilize. For this reason we often do one eye at a time.
Freedom from recurrent erosions is a worthy goal even if the treatment involves weeks of recovery.View Thread
Simple recommendation is that you absolutely can not wear contact lenses in the presence of any discomfort or eye irritation.
You were correct in changing to a new contact lens to determine whether the contact lens was damaged and was causing the irritation. That was not the cause.
There is no way to avoid visiting your eye doctor if you want to continue wearing contact lenses. He or she will re-evaluate the fit of the contact lenses and make sure there are not any problems like dry eye or contact lens induced inflammation which will prevent safe contact lens wear. A new contact lens material or fit may be recommended.View Thread
The simple answer is to ask her about it. A YAG laser is a precise cutting tool which is used to painlessly make precise openings in the cataract capsule which is left behind after cataract surgery to hold the new implant lens. Most of the time the YAG laser is used to make clear openings in a cataract capsule which has become cloudy - very routine and expected usually months or years after surgery. Occasionally an opening needs to be made because the eye fluid circulation is blocked.
In most of these situations, blurred vision would be present as part of what needs to be treated with the YAG laser - but not always. So, ask your ophthalmologist.View Thread
Distortion of shape and areas of decreased visual sensitivity are very suggestive of a central retinal (macular) issue. Are you sure that the doctors said "everything was good" or were they saying that nothing needed to be done?
Such visual symptoms deserve explanation and if it takes a second visit to the retina specialist or a visit to a second retinal specialist, then this should be done. If no retina doctor cannot correlate retinal findings to your vision issues, then a neurological evaluation should follow.
As you would expect, I cannot even speculate on a exact cause with the benefit of an examination. However, you need to press on with your old doctors or new doctors to find the underlying problem.View Thread