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High myopia and retinal detachment prevention
« Reply #1 on: July 18, 2011, 11:05:34 AM »
Q: Hello, i just have a short little question.  You see, i went to my ophthalmologist yesterday and he told me that because I'm so nearsighted, i have an increased chance of having a retinal detachment. Is there any type of prevention surgery that would prevent this from happening?  If so, how does it work and what's it called? 
A: If areas of thinning,called lattice degeneration, or small retinal breaks are seen, they can be treated with laser retinal photocoagulation as a prevention.This works as a sort of "spot weld" on the retina to make it stay stuck to the underlying eye. In the absence of these, there is no specific prevention. Routine checkups usually are effective at finding any predisposition toward retinal detachment.