Thanks a lot for sharing with us your experiances,a lot of people will find this very useful.
By the way tell us bit more about that ocular trauma that lead you to surgery.
The ocular trauma was a result of a violent mugging. The attacker punched me in the eye and then smashed my head against a wall on the left side, which is where the detachment occurred. It was not so bad that I lost consciousness, but I was pretty banged up from it. While there's no proof that this caused the detachment, it is the most logical explanation in my case.
Sorry to hear your story.
Let God take care of him for doing this cruelty to you.
Thanks for your post. I also have a successful buckle story, and I am pleased to see others. I am 5 months post op right now. You might consider allergies for the eye redness. My eye was quite red, particularily where they inserted the instruments (I had gas and other things besides just the buckle, but I didn't think much about it, since I figured it was still healing. A few weeks ago when I went to my optometrist, I asked her. She mentioned that she had given me allergy drops before -- I was thinking the daily Claritin was taking care of it. She gave me Padaday .. which makes my eye pretty and white -- and NON ITCHY!
Glad to hear of the good result in your case. But why did you risk your vision by not having the detachment repaired right away? You were also lucky you had a good primary eye care provider. Wish I had seen her instead of the goof who told me to come back in a month. Unfortunately, I didn't make it before my retina detached.
sounds just like my experience so far - currently approaching week 2 post op. Thanks - really helped to read this.
I'm at one week post op, the redness is disappearing, eye is returning to normal size. Mine was the result of extreme myopia and a scleral buckle was recommended as I had a retinal detachment and a small tear. We first tried the freezing and gas bubble but when that first tear healed, another popped up so no choice. Strangely enough, when I woke up after the operation, my eye hurt a little with a small but manageable head ache. My throat didn't hurt and was given passion orange juice to drink. Overnight, face down then saw my doctor and was told I had two more tears after my initial first one.I took extra strength Tylenol for the first 5 days but have stopped after the pain and head ache went away. I feel well enough to work but will probably avoid any major head jarring movements as my other eye is at risk at well. Also, I'm not cleared for driving yet. I'll look into swimming and walking instead of running and weights after I'm cleared to go back to normal activities. All in all, mine was relatively painless and I was informed my retina is completely attached and the operation went well. I just have to worry and take care of my other eye but I think the grade on my other eye is less than 6 but there are signs of latice degeneration.
Thank you for your story!! I am 24 years old and just had my scleral buckle done 4-5 days ago. The surgeon said it went great, I'm already healing up. I wanted to thank you for sharing this. Most stories I found were patients in their 40s, 50s, 60s. The comparison to someone who is in their mid-20s differs quite a bit and it's reassuring to read another young person's story with this surgery. I'm anxious to have my eye turn back to white, but I know how lucky and fortunate I am to have my sight! How long until you were able to drive? My sight is actually not bad, it's mostly blurry from the dilating drops I think. It's better than I expected though.
Hello! I don't drive much (live in a city with public transport) so its a bit hard to say. After the eye drop that had dilated my pupil wore off, my vision was pretty much back to normal. That may have been about 6 weeks after the surgery, although its been a while so hard to recall exactly! I also needed an updated prescription (not by much though -2.75 to -3) but best check with your doctor first.
Hope you are doing Fine, Thx for your
Story, trying to get support out of it.
I would appericiate it if u can answer
My following questions:
I had RD surgery 10 days back on my
Right eye, which was operated with
Cataract 1.5 yrs back and had 20/20
Distance vision in my right eye before
1. I am off from cyclopentolate dialating
Drops 3 days back, was 4 times a Day, how
Long it took you to see better, can't see
Clear, seems fuzzy.
2. Until your visión stablized, how Did u handled,
Change in prescription, to go with your life, to
See better in the intérim.
3.Did u had expérience of irritating eye ? Did u do
Anything to help
Thx and Regards,
Before I had my surgery and after, I was online looking for positive experiences of the scleral buckle. Instead, I was freaked out because of all the complications people had and wrote about. So here is my story.
On August 11, 2014, I underwent a scleral buckle surgery for a detached retina in my right eye. I noticed a curtain/shadow in the top corner of my peripheral vision and after a quick google search about a week later, I knew I should get it checked out. I was diagnosed and operated on within 5 days. I was very scared for the surgery, especially when they tell you what the complications could be. I'm 28 years old and I don't fall into the demographic of who this happens to. It was a spontaneous detachment. The procedure took about 40-45 minutes. I was heavily sedated during it; I would knock out and then come to every so often. I couldn't see what they were doing but I could hear them. After it was over, they sent me home about 30 minutes later and instructed me to lay on my left for 5 days so the gas bubble could go to work and flatten the retina. I wasn't in too much pain following the procedure. I was prescribed tylenol 3 for the pain but I only took 2 and continued with extra strength tylenol when I needed it. The next morning, I went back to the surgeon so he could remove the cover. My eye was very swollen and blurry but I was relieved to actually see whatever I could. The next few days were tough having to stay on my left. I was very dependent on my family during this time. I needed help to even put in the series of eye drops. About a week later, the swelling started to lift a little everyday. The gas bubble was very present still and covered about 50% of my vision. Another follow-up at the doctors and he confirmed the retina had healed and flattened. I kept my eye closed a lot because it was just easier, especially with the brightness during the day. 3 weeks later, I was allowed to start driving and wear makeup, but no contacts since the bubble was still there. I went back to work at the 4 week mark. The computer screen was a little difficult to get used to again and the depth perception to read or see the keyboard was also challenging because of the gas bubble. My eye was still a little swollen and smaller and not as white as my left eye. At my 2 month follow-up, everything looked good and he told me the gas bubble would be gone in the next week or 2. It started to break up into many small bubbles and then merge back and split again. Unfortunately, it took my exactly 13 weeks to lose the bubble. The day I noticed it was gone, I made an appointment with my optometrist to get a new prescription and went and got new contacts! My prescription changed but not by too much. The astigmatism changed because the shape of my eye has changed with the buckle. I just needed a prescription to sharpen my vision.
All in all, it was a long recovery but with a successful outcome. I plan on having check ups every 6 months for peace of mind. It's an invasive surgery and it ***** to have to go through; but with patience and support, you will be fine...and you will continue to have the gift of sight.
Thanks, everybody, for all of the positive comments ! I had vitrectomy with bubble and the buckle 2 1/2 months ago, and although it has gone well, I still have great anxiety about total recovery ! I am due for my 3 month exam next week, where I will get a new prescription, but I'd say, even though I am having a full but somewhat blurry field of vision in the eye, it still feels somewhat "foreign" to me - hope that feeling will go away soon !
Again, thanks to everyone who posted here !
Thank you everyone for sharing your experience. I am also 28 years old and had the Scleral buckle procedure done. My retina detachment was caused from being severely nearsighted which I had corrected about 5 years ago with LASIK (but the shape of the eye remains the same). I had the surgery done 11 weeks and 4 days ago. My eyesight is a bit blurry and it's still a little red with some noticeable scar tissue. The question I have is how long does it take until the eye goes back to looking normal? Does it or is my eye scared forever? I know when I did LASIK the glare from my eyesight didn't go away for about a year, so I'm hoping it's just taking awhile for my eye to be normal again. Any input here will be sooooooo helpful and will ease my mind. Thank you again!!!
There is an enormous difference in types of RD. From a tiny section of the peripheral retina being detached to the entire retina being detached. So one cannot generalize about how much recover will occur. The prognosis is much better if the reading spot was not detached "RD with macula on" than "RE with macula off"
Many eyes do not recover normal vision even though the retina is successfully re-attached. It may take 6-12 months before you know how much recovery will occur.
Remember your other eye is at high risk of RD. Be sure to have it check regularly and get in immediately with increase floaters, flashes or loss of peripheral vision
I just had my six week follow up with my surgeon and he said the retina is perfectly flat...all is great. I am posting my story in hopes it will help someone else going through this experience. I noticed floaters and flashes and thanks to my nurse friends was advised to have checked out immediately. Turned out to be a detached retina and had surgery to put in a scalar buckle. The surgery was fine...have a twitch in my eye so had to be put under a general anesthesia. The first night I had a patch on my eye but not too uncomfortable. I took the pre op nurses advice and took pain pills as soon as I noticed the freezing wearing off. That was the only time I took the prescription pain pills and was fine with Tylenol or Advil after that. The first two weeks were tough as vision was very blurry and was concerned about having floaters and flashes. Once I understood this in normal I was able to stop worrying as much. Audio books were great during this time to keep my mind occupied. After two weeks I stopped the pupil dilating drops but it took almost another two and a half weeks for my pupil to return to normal...was times I thought it never would. I was lucky that I have a great boss and was able to work from home for the following four weeks. I am back to the office now six weeks after surgery. Vision in left eye is still a bit blurry but improves slightly every day. I was not near sighted prior but the eye with the buckle is now...will see how much it adjusts over the next few months. I still have some red in my eye and still have floaters and flashes, although they are improving greatly now. I was lucky that a gas bubble was not required so didn't have to worry about head position. The whole experience was terrifying at times with the hardest part being not knowing if what I was experiencing was normal or not. Apparently it was to be expected and seems all has turned out well. If you are going through this, hang in as it does get better.
Thank you for sharing your experience.
My story. I'm 24 years old. I developed a tear on my retina on September 2015. I told my doctor I had this dark spot in my peripheral vision and told me to get checked by an eye doctor. I couldn't get an appointment until end of December 2015. Everything was normal and I kept getting the same answer from different eye doctors until May 2016. By then my whole peripheral vision was affected. I finally got recommend to the same place I begged to have me checked on September 2015 but was denied.
Early June 2016, I was told I needed the scleral buckle surgery. I didn't ask too many questions because I just wanted my eye to be fixed. The surgery was the next morning. They used cryo and didnt put anything in my eye. I woke up crying and some pain. I had to take the pain killers they gave me for a few days. After one week I was able to keep my eye open. My surgeon told me it was looking good. I had my redness for about a month or a bit longer. Also for about a month and a half I couldn't focus my eyes together. At the end of August 2016 I developed another tear at the top of my eye and I had laser surgery that same day. I had a gas bubble placed in my eye. After a month the doctor told me it was looking fine but I still have a pocket of fluid. My bubble finally went away on the first week of November 2016 but I have this weird floater moving around in my eye. A couple days ago I went in in suspicion of another tear but I was fine. This was a different doctor and he decided to laser my pocket of fluid and another pocket of fluid he found at the bottom of my eye. He also said i might need another surgery. I still have more appointments to go to. It's been about 6 months now and I'm still unsure if my eye will be fine.
This whole time has been an emotional struggle for me. Not just because of my eye but other things have been happening because of my surgery, I guess. Also, my tear was because of my eye shape. Hopefully I will get a definitive "your eye is fine" from them by next year and new glasses.
I'm having trouble getting out there though. Since my scleral buckle took some of my peripheral vision and it's still pretty bad once it starts to get dark I feel insecure. I need to know how you guys deal with it! My twitter is @DivFlame7 if you could send me a private message there I would appreciate it.