I am 26 years old and have had flashes in the inside periphery (nose side) of my right eye for about a year. After getting annoyed and sensing the flashes were increasing, I made an appointment with a team of specialist retina consultants in town. I have been diagnosed as having a retinal detachment but a rare one (they said it was a schisis deatchment). I have been back there 4 times in the last two weeks to see if it was getting worse/progressing (one of the partners think it may be a chronic detachment that isn't progressing, and the other thinks it is likely to progress no matter what, so I should schedule surgery but it's no emergency).
On to my questions:
The doctor said he can do a buckle without a vitrectomy but the success will be about 80%, and higher if I do get the vitrectomy; I don't want a vitrectomy because I'd like to avoid a cataract at such a young age. I also have near perfect uncorrected vision (-.50 in the right eye) and I'm not too excited about the possible risks of getting a scleral buckle (what are the chances of double vision or lazy eye? And how much additional refractive error can I expect?).
I also suggested a pneumatic retinopexy to him. He said the likeliness of this working in my case would be around 50%. My quesiton is should I just do the pneumatic retinopexy and see if it works, as it seems the least invasive? And if it doesn't, then go on to a buckle without a vitrectomy? I found a case study that seems to favor it in my condition (http://archopht.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/full/118/5/720#FIGECR90122F1).
What are the thoughts of any doctors on this board? Needless to say it's been a very stressful and anxiety ridden two weeks. I'm always concerned of waking up to a rapidly increasing detachment and losing vision. I'd be happy to answer any additional questions if you have any. Thank you all in advance,
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