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Retinal tear possibility from back of f head banging against car doorframe
My age is 34 and I am a software developer. 10 years back I had a minor eye laser done to seal weak spots in the retina. My eyesight is -0.75 (right) and -2.75(left). I have had eye flashes and floaters for past 2 years. Couple of months back, during a routine eye examination, the doctor said there is a minor horse shoe tear in the left eye and he sealed it with laser. I just had dilated eye examination done few days back and everything was normal.
Today, while pulling my head out of the rear seat of the car, my head banged with mild force against doorframe.
My eyesight is normal, but I am so scared it might have caused a tear or vitreous detachment. Could my vitreous pull from retina and make it weak as retina is attached to eye ball only at few places. I am scared to death and just cannot come out of it.
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177275 tn?1511758844
The adhesions that the laser makes to seal a horseshoe tear take about 4-6 weeks to be fully as strong as they get so they would be fully healed. Moreover over time the vitreous shifts and peels off the retina (PVD or posterior vitreous detachment) so over time less and less vitreous touches the retina and the risk of RD goes down. If the retina tears or detaches there are often symptoms: flashes of light like lightening, increase of floaters which are light hundreds of black dots or soot and loss of peripheral vision. Since you describe none the risk are minimal and very very small. Anytime you have those symptoms you should see your surgeon. You will bang your head again, we all do, these are good guidelines.
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Thank you Sir for your reply. Much appreciated. It has been 60 days since the horseshoe laser was done. So owing to my myopia is there no possibility that the vitreous might have pulled and weakened the retina due to the head bang ? I still have normal flashes ( once or twice a week ) but I can see no change in my eyesight or any specific symptom after head bang. Do you think I should have the retina checked ?
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While patients like to make doctors say "definitely yes or definitely no" medicine and life isn't that way. I cannot say "no" possibility just very tiny risk and its up to you about going in to your ophthalmologist
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Thank you Sir for the help and advice. Just one last question. So, I can go about doing my normal activities like running, lifting light weights, badminton etc? And if I do bang my head unknowingly again, the possibility of vitreous pulling and tearing retina would be 1-2 % or even less ?
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Much less than 1% and those activities are generally okay. Wear eye protection for badminton
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Thanks Sir, I am very grateful.
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