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I was punched in the eye and after seeing an ophthalmologist it was determined that I have a hole in my retina. I'm seeing a cobweb-like thing in my vision and see flashes. Is surgery always indicated for this? Would it be an outpatient procedure and would I have to miss work?

It depends on where the hole is located in the retina. If it is in the macula, outpatient surgery is the usual treatment if the hole does not spontaneously heal, which can occur about 50 percent of the time. Usually people are off work for about one week and it may take up to one year to know the final result. If the hole is outside of the macula, it may be treated in the office with laser.

Answered by: George Williams, MDDr. George Williams

Categories: Eye Conditions, Eye Surgery

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Answered: Feb 28, 2013

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