|Disclaimer: I cannot
give medical advice that is for your M.D. to do. I can only refer you to M.D. web pages,
tell of my own experience or refer you to the newsgroup at
(groups.yahoo.com/group/detached-retina) and one of the over 1200 members of the newsgroup
who have had retinal surgery may be able to help you.
Many Patients feel pretty upset (and lonely) after retinal surgery and send me an
email directly. I almost always refer them to our Detached Retina News Group. I am
the moderator of that newsgroup. The group seems to be always able to help whether it be
info about their own recovery, advice on what to expect, or other support.
There are two retinal surgeons on this site. There is a retinal diseases board
you have to go to. One of the retinal surgeons contacted me directly to encourage site
visitors to come to their site. It's free, so use it.
3. Finding another Eye M.D. or getting a second
For the U.S., there is a utility on the www.aao.org website to find an eye
M.D. in your city. Choose the Retinal option on the drop down menu. The listings show
how long they have been in practice, where they went to school, etc. You might feel
more comfortable with someone who was trained at one of the world class eye institutes
like Wilmer, Wills or Bascom-Palmer. I look for someone with 10 years of experience or so.
Click here to find an eye doctor in the U.K.
Click here for
Eye Hospitals in the U.S.
4. People ask me what the typical post surgery
The answer is experiences vary widely. Maybe that's why the Docs don't tell us
more. Best approach is to ask your Doc. Next best approach is to go to the newsgroup and
post your question. There are enough people in the group that you are likely to get input
from someone who has been through what you are going through. One thing the group is
likely to tell you is that the eye takes a long time to heal and it may take over a year
to get back to near normal. My prescription changed 1.5 Diopters over six months after
surgery. Click here for the Detached
Retina News Group.
That's all I know. Good healing!