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Question:
I did a dilation examination today and the doctor discovered several retinal holes on both of my eyes. She suggested I go to a specialist for further consultation. I was wondering if it's still mandatory for me to do the laser surgery even if I have never experienced any symptoms such as seeing floaters or flashes in my eyes.

Answer:
In many cases, it is safe for the retina specialist to monitor retina holes when the patient has no symptoms of flashing lights or floaters. However, this is a complex decision that includes the size, location, and appearance of the retinal holes, as well as other aspects of the patient's history, such as the condition of the fellow eye, history of retinal problems, etc. I would encourage you to see the specialist and then have an educated decision on whether laser surgery is or is not indicated.

Answered by: Paul Sternberg Jr., MD Dr. Paul Sternberg

Categories: Eye Conditions, Eye Surgery

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