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Anyone else had retinal detachment from atopic dermatitis?

I had severe a.d. around my eyes with red swollen eyes. I starting getting floaters and had to have a retina and macula attachment. Anyone else ever dealt with this?


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  • Courtney Getty moderator
    5 months ago

    Hi @helen,

    Dealing with eczema around the eyes can be maddening. Experiencing a visual impairment like the floaters from retinal detachment must have been a frightening experience for you. Did your retinal specialist or ophthalmologist tell you what caused the retinal detachment? Our article about eye symptoms (https://atopicdermatitis.net/affect-eyes-eczema/) gives a lot of detail about the various complications eczema can present. I sincerely hope you are doing better after your treatment. Wishing you the best!

    Courtney (AtopicDermatitis.net Team Member)

  • Stefanie Bord moderator
    5 months ago

    Hi, Helen,

    It sounds like the AD you have around your eyes is pretty severe! I don’t have AD around my eyes (at least not currently, though I have in the past), but I did need a laser surgery to seal up some holes/tears in my retina. I’ve had one surgery in each eye so far. The eye doctor said that the tears was from being extremely near-sighted (my eyes are shaped like footballs, and my retina just couldn’t stretch that far any more!). I hope that the attachment surgery wasn’t too bad for you. I’ve seen that it can require a long recovery, while with the laser surgery I had, I just needed drops for a week or so. I hope you can find some relief for the AD around your eyes too!

    -Stefanie (AtopicDermatitis.net Team Member)

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