I am wondering if there are any ways to improve visual outcome after surgery for a retinal detachment, e.g., vitamins, herbs, exercises?
Three years ago, I had a retinal detachment in my right eye. I had a vitrectomy and laser treatment and a gas bubble. A month after the surgery, before returning to work, my retina detached again. I had another operation ( I think the same). Again I had the gas bubble. This time the retina remained attached and in a month I was back at work. My vision got progressively worse because the gas bubble caused a cataract, so in a year I had cataract surgery. A year later I needed surgery again to open a hole to the lens. So after three years my vision was extremely good in that eye.
Unfortunately in July, the retina in my left eye detached. I had cryo in the emergency room (horrible - I should have refused it) as when I went there it was a small tear. The day after the cryo, the retina detached and I had surgery two days later - vitrectomy, laser 350 degrees around my eye as the doctor wanted to avoid a reoccurrence like the one I experienced with my right eye. I had a gas bubble. I was pretty nervous. A month later all seemed well, I went back to work. Within two weeks, the retina detached completely, involving the macula. (This hadn't happened to me before). I had another operation - this time the lens was removed, another vitrectomy, laser, gas bubble, new lens. Now I'm three weeks post op and realizing as the gas bubble slowly recedes (much slower than any previous surgery) that my vision is better looking through the gas bubble than over it. Previously I could see pretty well once the gas bubble went down, especially with my glasses on. In fact, my vision is so poor now that I am getting worried. I have no desire to drive. Going out in public is difficult since I am pretty much blind on my left side. I trip, I bump into things.
I am wondering if this is because the macula was involved, and if I am going to have to get used to this. If I can see better through the gas bubble, does that mean it might be correctible? Grasping at straws here...
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