How long does it take for a retina to fully heal?

Hello. I’ve had surgery on my left eye on June 2010 for retinal detachment. It was actually a “huge” or “giant” retinal tear, they said. I had scleral buckling and a gas bubble, then laser surgery to make sure the retina stayed in place. 2 1/2 years later my eye still has huge floaters, a shadow (because they said the liquid did not come out from under the fold on my retina) which causes me to see flashes, and my vitreous is slightly fogged, which causes light to be brighter and more irritating. After those years of dealing with this every day, I decided to ask if I could get it fixed. I just got off the phone with one of my doctors and she said that in my current condition I cannot. She said if I see an increase in the flashes or in the tear, then we could (assuming I had a re-detachment). But, until my retina heals all the way, we cannot. I was surprised to hear that part, because I thought my retina had been (partially) healed this entire time. I don’t think the retina will heal the shadow area (since that part would most likely have to be surgically repaired) so I guess there’s a part of my retina that still hasn’t fully healed, but I just can’t tell. I fully understand that if it isn’t healed all the way yet, the safest route is to wait for it to heal before having another surgery. But, it’s been 2 1/2 years. Just HOW LONG will it take for my retina to heal “all the way”? She told me she couldn’t tell me for sure because everyone has a different body, so it could vary. Generally speaking, how long does a retinal detachment (or huge for that matter) take to FULLY heal? She told me I can ask the other doctor about it when I see them again, but that’s in 6 months. I really want to know how long I have to wait. Please help.

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Chosen Answer:

i feel like either she misunderstood you or you misunderstood her or both.

after a retinal detachment surgery you are never really considered “healed” you are considered to be STABLE.
once you have reached 6 months post op without any complications you are considered stable.
also any vision problems that you have after the gas bubble has completely gone away are likely permanent.

basically what the doctor told you was that they aren’t going to do anything to your eye unless you have another tear or detachment and what they will do then is just fix it again.

they will not do anything that t6hey find is an unnecessary risk.

do as she said and talk to the other doctor about it when you go in 6 months or make an appointment for sooner if you want but i can tell you that you will most likely be living with this for the rest of your life so you will have to learn how to move on.
by: Indiana Jones
on: 12th February 13

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2 Responses to “How long does it take for a retina to fully heal?”

  1. Indiana Jones says:

    i feel like either she misunderstood you or you misunderstood her or both.

    after a retinal detachment surgery you are never really considered “healed” you are considered to be STABLE.
    once you have reached 6 months post op without any complications you are considered stable.
    also any vision problems that you have after the gas bubble has completely gone away are likely permanent.

    basically what the doctor told you was that they aren’t going to do anything to your eye unless you have another tear or detachment and what they will do then is just fix it again.

    they will not do anything that t6hey find is an unnecessary risk.

    do as she said and talk to the other doctor about it when you go in 6 months or make an appointment for sooner if you want but i can tell you that you will most likely be living with this for the rest of your life so you will have to learn how to move on.

  2. Tink says:

    I don’t know how to tell you this – but you’ll have those floaters and flashes forever.

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