I had an atrophic hole and lattice discovered for the first time after the classic lightening rod temporal flash late at night. Was seen asap by an opthalmologist who sent me to a Retinal specialist and within a few days a tractional tear had developed and was lasered. One week later I had a second laser due to sub-retinal fluid. That was a little over two weeks ago. My vision has been tested in the office after dilitation and is 20/20 corrected with my progressive glasses. I have had frequent follow ups and several docs in the office say it looks good. However, I wake up each day to something different in vision----sometimes floaters, sometimes black specks, today with wavy, watery waves.
Still have a few flashes (in the dark) but that seems to be decreasing. Is this normal after laser and will this clear up?
This is still very scary and I have searched the literature and I know the diode laser does not cure, just welds and seals the tear in the hopes of preventing detachment. I am afraid to lift, be active, swim, work (active job), and generally have a life back. I don't even want to travel knowing I am not near my retinal office. Is one really "safely" sealed at 2 or 3 months out? Are there statistics on long term outcomes with laser photocoagulation?