Hi, I’m 20 years old and have had fairly high myopia, standing at about -10 in both eyes. I was diagnosed with lattice degeneration in both eyes and have had retinal holes in the superior region of my right eye only. I’ve been seeing a retinal specialist who has treated the holes in the superior region with laser retinopexy. I just had a regular eye exam done with an OD a few days ago who saw the development of another hole, in the inferior portion of the right eye and I saw the specialist again today. He told me that he would have to leave the inferior hole alone for now, since there was a higher risk of making more damage if he attempted to repaired it. However, he noticed several smaller holes reoccurring in the superior region near my old ones again and immediately repaired it. My questions are, since I didn’t have a chance to talk to him (he was so busy!):
1) What is the risk and benefits of leaving an unrepaired hole? I know many people have untreated holes, but it seems like it will be inevitable that it will lead to detachments or other concerns.
2) Are there any symptoms specific for hole development?, I know the symptoms for retinal detachment, like large shadows, flashers, showers of floaters etc., but for small holes are they the same?
3) He mentioned to take it easy for 7-10 days. Does this exclude me from activities like walking/running and carrying a heavy bag? (I’m still at school)
4) He assured me last time about lifestyle changes, where he advised against high risk activities such as sports where trauma to the eye is higher and activities which have sudden drops like bungee jumping. However, I have seen a lot of discussion on this topic and would like a second opinion. I’d like to know if I can still do things like weight lifting and martial arts (which do involve sudden drops etc.)
Thanks for your input!