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Posting this to motivate any of you that go through this. April 2, 2019 I was two steps out of bed and thought something wasn’t right. Bottom of left eye vision seemed strange. Disregarded it. Mowed three acres that afternoon and knew I was screwed. Ended up being 3 days later before I was in surgery. Two vertical tears and complete detach of retina. Three months sitting in a chair, couple more months barely doing anything. Cataract forms from the surgery, by December I get that surgery. Extreme focus problems in both eyes and glare sensitivity all along.
By this Feb. they give me new glasses and I can see 20/30. Glare sensitivity not bad and focus issues gone. However, eyes tire easily then vision gets dull. 30-40 rounds through iron sights is max now. Point is it gets better but takes time. Any of you old dogs who were Marine or Army grunts are susceptible as well as those who have had RK or LASIK eye surgery. Your doc won’t admit to that but it’s true. If you notice anything weird get to your eye doc ASAP, they will work you in. The sooner you get surgery the better your results. You would not believe the number of people having this problem, 30 years ago it was a rarity. Pic is two days after surgery, you don’t want that!
 

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cannot mess around w/ eyeballs. I don't mind losing both my legs just not my eyesight. Heavens forbid. I do machining at home and I never do anything..grinding ..machining without eye protection. When I cut wood or or anything w/ flying debris..weedwacking I always have googles.

I never blow air on anything that can fly out. I brush my machining chips.

Good that you went to the doc. Get well man.
 
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Brianns to answer you it is lots of heavy straining, lifting and especially impact to the face. Used to be it was boxers and car wreck survivors were your most likely candidates. Grunts humping 120lb rucks and carrying two ammo cans of M-60 rounds mile after mile strain a lot for hours on end. It accumulates. Not to mention the young hard chargers who’ve experienced IED blasts etc in war. Also, having had vision improvement surgery seems to lead to this in a lot of people many years later. RK or LASIK. I was a grunt in the Corp, boxed for years before and during the Corp, had RK. I’m a special case.
Doc said anyone who detached in one eye has a 25% chance of the other eye going at some point. They give me a greater than 50% chance my right eye will go. That will end my shooting with irons for sure.
Getting older we can’t just shrug off something especially if it’s in your vision. It’s repairable but much better if you get on it ASAP. Now that I know my outcome I wanted you guys to be aware, it’s one more potential ailment you never hear about.
Semper Fi!
 

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Extreme myopia (near sighted) is also a higher risk factor for retinal issues; detachment, tears, PVD’s. Another early sign of issues are new or large floaters in the eye. As OP stated, early treatment is critical but all such repairs will likely result in some loss of visual field or blind spots.

Had my first PVD (partial vitreous detachment) 3years ago. Was in surgery within 12 hours of symptoms. 350 blasts with a laser to seal the hole.

Diabetes is also likely to cause retinal issues (diabetic retinopathy) if left unchecked.

More research being done in retinal care than any other area of eye disorders so strides are being made in treatment but even successful treatment is likely to result in some loss of visual function.

I did ask doctor it continued shooting increased future risk of injury. Frankly I was thinking pressure wave exposure, not impact from recoil. Opinion was he didn’t think it was a contributor.
 

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If you notice anything weird get to your eye doc ASAP, they will work you in. The sooner you get surgery the better your results. You would not believe the number of people having this problem, 30 years ago it was a rarity. Pic is two days after surgery, you don’t want that!
That part needs to be in bold print!

I've heard certain eye problems can go from 0 to 100% blind in an hour. (Glaucoma)

Any loss of vision = IMMEDIATE trip to the ER!
 
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Same here. Torn retina, laser, scar tissue surgical clean up, cataract, glaucoma, more surgery for pressure relief and then they had to redo it because of not enough eye pressure. All in about 2 1/2 years..

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I had a detached retina surgery done on 8/2019 and I am still healing. I am at 20/50 and everything is still very blurry . I have been trying to find out if there is anyway to correct it because I would love to go back to driving.
 
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