Case study ( 2280 views as of April 21, 2019 )
David is a 45-year-old bank manager who visits his optometrist for a routine eye exam. He used to wear eyeglasses, but had laser eye surgery 4 years ago to correct his vision.
Upon examination, the optometrist discovers that David's uncorrected vision is still 20/20 and he requires no correction. A dilated retinal exam was conducted including digital scanning ophthalmoscopy to take pictures of the eye and determine the health of the retina. A retinal detachment was discovered in the mid-periphery of the right eye. Not all retinal detachments come with classic signs of floaters or other vision changes, so it is not uncommon to see a retinal detachment with absolutely no symptoms. David is immediately referred to a retinal specialist who completes successful surgery that afternoon and corrects the retinal detachment.
It is important for David to carefully follow the recovery plan following his surgery with respect to pain management and caring for his eye. Retinal detachment may not always be prevented, however is sometimes linked with inflammatory conditions, high blood pressure and cataract removal. David should follow up with his family physician to see if he has any uncontrolled health issues that should be managed, and could see an exercise specialist and/or massage therapist to increase his activity level and help with relaxation techniques.Author: Dr. David Mitchell