Ask your eye surgeon whether your macula (reading spot of retina) was "on" or "off'" before surgery. If ON the prognosis for recovery of good central vision is high, if "OFF" even if the retina stays attached the vision may not return to normal moreover you may have to wait 6-12 months before you know your final result. Additionally this type of surgery causes cataracts and cataract surgery is in your future in the next 12-24 months in all likelihood. Ask about the other eye. If you have RD one eye and high myope chance of RD in other eye may be as high as 6-20%. Ask about your activities. Generally avoid amusement park rides, contact sports, head down position. Use the search feature and read the many informative posts by other people who have had this problem and this type of surgery. It's a long, protracted anxiety provoking recovery.
Just to follow-up, my last post-op appointment went very well. My eye has healed well and I've been cleared to return to all regular activities. Still waiting for the gas bubble to vanish but it's gotten much smaller (15%). Ireland trip approved! My surgeon (retinal specialist) will do a thorough check of both my eyes a week before the flight just to be sure everything is still a go. Travelers insurance is now in place (thank you for that suggestion!). Today I went to my optometrist to get a new prescription since my distance vision in the operated eye is a tad blurry (20/40). That went ok although they were concerned about my eye pressure. It was 29 compared to 22 just two days ago when I last saw my surgeon. He is not as worried since the measuring tool he uses is more accurate than the machine my optometrist used, but he's having me come in to be rechecked in the next week or two. (I've got to have something to keep worrying/fretting about, right?). I remain grateful for medical technology and all the caring, compassionate professionals in this world. (I know I'm rambling...)
Dr. Hagan - thank you, and all the members who contribute to this knowledge base. Dealing with a detached retina is extremely scary and causes high anxiety. I suffered a RD skiing, had vitrectomy 6 days later. Initial surgery went fine, but had to have a second surgery as a new tear developed probably caused by inflamation and scar tissue. In your response to MjCg you mentioned to avoid amusement parks - are you specifically talking about rides that might whip you around such as roller coasters? That would be a shame as I love rides like that. Also, would you recommend avoiding skiing and mountain biking? Thank you for your time and graciousness in sharing your knowledge and wisdom.