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Hi, I have retinal detachment, but it isn’t caused by any of common symptoms. My doctor suspects that it’s caused by exertion, because I’ve been lifting lot of weights. Is it possible?

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Hi, you are the first person with same condition and cause like mine that I’ve spoken to. I was spending most of my time in the gym, lifting weights. Beside hernia, I got some eye problems. I started to feel heaviness and pain in my eye, so I went to doctor. He told me that I have retinal detachment due to exertion, and that I have to stop lifting weights. If I understood well, this condition is peeling retina away from its underlying layer of support tissue. It is a medical emergancy becuase it can lead to blindness if it’s not treated. It has to be surgically reattached immediately, and I don’t know what are you waiting for.
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I used to have my eyes checked every year, because I have weak eye sight for the distance. At the age of 24, Upon a yearly checkup Dr. told me that I have my right eye retina detached almost 35%. But the central point is Ok, that’s why I was not noticing any problem in my sight.

Dr. could not understand any of the reason for this detachment. There were no usual symptoms.

I used to wear soft contact lenses, and the lenses used to give me the problem of the fungus in my eyes, especially in the right eye. I think this could be a reason for the detachment. God Knows better.

The Dr. treated me with LASER surgery for two times (with a gap of 2 days). Since then I get my eyes check up on 6 monthly intervals. Its been 5 years since then, I am feeling no trouble. May God help me in this matter and the maters to come
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I wanted to follow up on the information from "Siena' and "Dunham" both of whom apparently had retina detachments which they thought was possibly due to lifting weights. I think there is someting to this.

I started lifting weights about a month before my retina detached and I had to have a vitrectomy and a buckle put in.n My doctor said he didn't think that lifting weights had much to do with it, he thought it was the cataract surgery I had a couple of years ago. But isn't it odd that about a month after I started lifting weights, I had this problem? I had no pain with the detached retina, just floaters and, finally, almost complete lack of vision, which happened within a day, in my right eye.

Most improtantly, I hope anyone who has had cataract surgery will be careful exercising and consult your opthomologist before lifting weights. Be cautious and God Bless.
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