This website is about preventing loss of eyesight due to Detached Retina

Open Letter to Eye care professionals

Land O'Lakes, Florida March 29, 2002

I have read 1000's communications from detached retina patients. 100's have come to me in crisis asking me what to do next. The great majority are high myopes. Most never heard of detached retina and there are many tragic stories of people who lost vision in an eye because they waited too long. I did not know of the risk when I had a blood vessel break in my eye on August 30, 1999. I was lucky, I got to an Ophthalmologist in 2 hours, to a retina surgeon in 17 hours and had a vitrectomy and scleral buckle within 45 hours.  I understand that for the general population that  the risk is low (1 in 10,000) so why worry people. The risk of dying in a traffic accident in my county is 1 in 3000 in any given year.

But for high myopes (-6.0 diopters correction or greater) the risk is 1 in 20! Shouldn't there be an obligation for the eye care professional to communicate this risk to the patient?

That's really all I have to say except most patients are not given much info by the retinal surgeon about what to expect in recovery. We tell them to make a list and sit there with the surgeon until he/she answers all the questions, what else can we do?

If anyone has any ideas of how to communicate better with the at risk high myope population and recovering retina surgery patients please send me an email to Hal at or post to our newsgroup at

Hal Moyers, BSEE
Former Sr. VP Texas Instruments
Past Examiner for the California and Florida State Quality Awards


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