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Retinal scar and weiss ring

A couple of months ago my husband developed a large floater in his eye. He at first thought he had scratched his eye some how and after going to the Dr. we were refered to an ophthalmologist and saw one the same day. That Dr. informed us that there was "something" going on with his retina and refered us to his partner, a retinal specialist. We saw him later that week and were told that there was scar tissue on his retina most likely from a childhood virus that the Dr. said was common in the midwest and that it only affects sight later in life as the consistansy of the fluid in the eye changes and starts pulling on the scar tissue moving it around. They did a cold laser process that day and said that would stop the movement of the scar tissue and gradually the floater would go away. Well 6 weeks later the floater has only gotten worse. On the follow up visit with the Dr. he told us that really the floater was from a wiess ring and was "no big deal" and that what he was treating was the scar tissue in a completly different area of his retina that he hadn't developed any symptoms from yet but most surely would in the future if not treated. We are feeling like we've been mislead in what and why the Dr. did the laser surgery to begin with and aren't really sure the information we're being given is acurate. Can somebody explain what a weiss ring is and if its really no big deal? If so will my husband have this floater forever or is it treatable? Will this scar tissue really cause problems later down the road even though he has no sympotoms now? Thanks!
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a weiss ring is a large, ring-shaped floater caused when the vitreous detaches from the optic nerve ("vitreal detachment").  its really is no big deal.  its bothersome to the patient, but its pretty much untreatable and goes away on its own, usually within a year.  

the retinal scarring and surgery are unrelated to the weiss ring.  the ring may be what your husband was complaining about in the 1st place, but it is not why you were referred to the retinal specialist.  i cant think of any eye doc who would refer a weiss ring to a retinal specialist.

i guess we're probably talking about a breakdown in communication here.  your husband complained about this floater, but the docs saw something they thought was serious and needed treatment.  the weiss ring is not serious and did not need treatment, and t is not what they saw that they thought needed treatment.  they were doing surgery trying to prevent future retinal problems from some unrelated retinal defect your husband has, but you thought they were doing surgery to get rid of the floater.

dont worry about the floater (weiss ring).  it will go away.  they always do.  it is vitreal debris that "sinks" down inside your eye over the course of many months (i usually tell patients about 9 months...).  if it really is a weiss ring that is bothering your husband, it goes away on its own, does not need treatment, and it is NOT what they were doing surgery for.  they were doing surgery for something else.  some unrelated retinal problem that your husband has had no symptoms of, but that they thought was dangerous enough to treat.
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oh, and YES...many many many (most) retinal defect that cause serious visual problems later have absolutely no symptoms.
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