1) you will probably never hae another tear in the exact same spots that you did before b/c of the laser procedures. you are, however, at the SAME RISK as you were before for having a tear elsewhere in your eyes. at means it is certainly possible, and more likely for you to have a tear vs someone who is not myopic since you are already myopic, already have lattice, and have already had a tear. so no uarantees. you need to be watched. annually is fine unless your ophthalmologist says sooner or you have symptoms.
2) not allowed to lift anything heavy...i would say after 6-8 weeks you can lift again, unless your ophthalmologist says otherwise.
3) you should definitely have at least an annual exam with a dilation, again unless your surgeon wants to see you more than that
I'll keep that in mind, thanks. Can I ask one more thing, what are the preventive measures or healthy habits that I should keep up to avoid retinal tears and thinning in the future?
avoiding head/eye injuries and get regular dilations to catch them early is about all you can do. there are no vitamins or supplements or foods or excercises you can do to prevent retinal holes/tears/detachments
I'm planning on having LASIK in the next few months.. Will LASIK halt or lessen my myopia thereby reducing the chances of having retinal tears/holes in the longrun? Will it help? I also read somewhere about "Accelerated Orthokeratology" which is a non-surgical alternative to LASIK.. Can I please have your suggestions in this?
neither lasik not AOK will help with the incidence of retinal problems. you will be at the SAME risk for retinal holes/tears/detachments whether or not you have lasik or AOK.
i go thru this all the time. myopic patients get lasik and see well and assume they never have to go to the eye doctor again. problem is that if they are moderately or severely nearsighted, they are still in the high risk category for having retinal problems. they still need annual (or maybe even more often) dilations to look for retinal problems.
about accelerated orthokeratology (AOK): read the thread on this page about "high myopia in children"...