Flashes means there is still traction present. It could lead to another tear. No treatment for flashes until a tear occurs or the flashes resolve.
What would cause the traction? and Do you mean it is possible it will settle down and the flashes will just stop? I'm hoping for this rather than another tear. And if I was unfortunate to get another tear could it be treated by laser rather than eye surgery again? many thanks for your advice
A retinal tear is caused by vitreous traction. Even if you had a vitrectomy some vitreous remains. The traction can decrease with time or create anther tear.
I have seen my eye clinic since my last post and luckily for me there is no new tear or detachment. The flashes have been explained by the doctor as by being caused by the scar tissue I have after my retinal detachment surgery. I have been advised that they should stop in the next couple of weeks or so. Phew! What a relief - I hope this infor may help others.
I had retinal detachment surgery in April of 2005 when I was just 35 in my left eye. It does take a long time to heal. I was told not to use the computer for at least two weeks after surgery. I could not wear my contact lenses for at least two months because they made me dizzy. I feel it took 6 months to really heal. Rest a lot and take it easy. I stayed home from work for two weeks, but I should have stayed home at least three. I had the gas bubble and the surgery. My vision has maintained, but I do have floaters.
Thanks for your comment - its good to hear from someone who has gone thru the same thing although I didn't have the bubble - I had the surgery. Unfortunately I did not have a very communicative surgeon and was told very little (although I can't fault his surgery skills) I wasn't told what I could or couldn't do or how long healing would take. I am still experiencing the flashing lights which is a problem but I am hopeful it will stop in the next couple of weeks as I was advised. I can't believe you still get floaters 5 years on, how do you deal with it or do you get used to them? Its nice to hear that your vision is good and I am pleased for you. At the end of the day we are very lucky as some people lose their sight completely. I am still blurred but its definately got a bit better 2 weeks on from the surgery.