View Full Version : Retina Surgery and Diving

05-18-2008, 19:55
I had surgery 3 months ago for a detached retina. My doctor knows I dive and cleared me to continue diving without any restrictions. I've also gone to the DAN website and read what they have to say about this type of surgery - they say diving neither causes nor makes worse a detached retina and that you can resume diving when your doctor clears you. I've been diving since the surgery and have had no problems.

I would like to know if anyone else in the forum has had sclera buckle surgery and if so, have you had any problems, complications since you started diving again.

scarlet&gray nut
05-18-2008, 21:03
I had the same surgery last June. I started back diving in September and have had no problems. I had to have a cataract removed in December and was back diving in February again with no problem. I was told by my doctor that there was nothing I did to cause or nothing that I could have done stop my detached retina. So all I can say is go dive all you want and do not worry about.

05-19-2008, 03:27
I had a detached retina about 15yr ago. At the time i had laser surgery and still have the sling in the eye..I've had a specialist check me over during my dive medical and after 70 dives have had np problems.

05-19-2008, 06:56
I have had a couple detached retinas the last being repaired 19yrs ago and I haven't had ANY problems related to it.

05-19-2008, 07:33
can you see? I thought detached meant no more vision from that eye. Is that not true?

05-19-2008, 10:24
can you see? I thought detached meant no more vision from that eye. Is that not true?

Actually, I never lost my sight in that eye. I just had black wavey lines that told me something bad was wrong. I was told that the detachment was approaching the center of my vision and that if that happened, I would lose my sight. So, I guess I was pretty lucky.

05-19-2008, 10:27
I feel very optimistic after reading everyones' responses. After this happened, I thought I'd have to hang up my tanks for good. But I guess that's not the case.

It does surprise me though at how many people have had this surgery. I thought detached retinas were very rare.

05-19-2008, 20:20
Wow, you are lucky. my son almost had his retina detach last summer and it was a scary deal. Thanks for the info.

06-23-2008, 03:34
I probably lost about 50% vision in one eye, only because i never noticed it til about 3months late (it wasn't obivous with both eyes open) by that time Rods and Cones had retracted.

I traced it back to school yards football match. Early detection is vital