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Vitrasert implant
      #19069 - 07/10/01 03:24 PM

I'm scheduled for my second Vitrasert implant (in the eye, slow release of gancyclovir). I had one 18 months ago, it ran its course, and I resisted getting another unless there was progression of the cmv (I was monitored monthly by opthamologists). Now it's back, and I'll have surgery tomorrow. My question, the surgeon mentioned he wants to do some lasering. When I asked, he said it would be like spot welding the retina to the back of the eyeball, to prevent retinal detachment. Has anyone heard of this?

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Re: Vitrasert implant new
      #19734 - 07/25/01 05:03 PM

Doing laser on the retina (supposedly) prevents detached retinas. If you have it done while you are looped up under anesthesia, it's not painful. If you get in done in the doctor's office for a detached retina, it can best be described as having a railroad spike hammered into your brain.
The bad part of having this done is it can lead to cataracts later on. Also, every place that has been lasered no longer functions visually. If it is done on the outer part of the retina you lose your night vision. If it is done in the central vision area, then you lose that. I would tell the doctor not to get carried away with it.
Good Luck!

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