Don Rosa's detached retina surgery
lgiver at pacbell.net
Fri Mar 21 19:14:55 CET 2008
Best wishes for Don's eye surgery; I had the same problem almost 5 years
ago when my right eye went blind. The surgery involves installing a band
around the eye and injecting a heavy gas (C3F8 in my case) to replace over
half the eye fluid.
The basic principle is the same as setting a broken bone --- hold the
retina in position so it can re-attach. The bubble floating in the eye
pushes up on the retina when you position your head correctly. The correct
position is mostly down, so that makes doing anything difficult, especially
My right eye could gradually see again as the bubble disappeared over 2
month, and natural eye fluid regenerated itself. It recovered over
99%---just 2 minor side effects I hardly notice anymore. Then a year later
my left eye retina started to detach. This time I recognized the symptoms
early, long before going blind, and didn't need the surgery for installing
a band on the eye. I just had a smaller bubble injection, which was done
by the doctor in his office.
We severely near-sighted people who do lots of close desk work are
statistically most likely to get detached retinas.
Again, best wishes, Larry Giver.
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