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Sleeping and Torn Retina

08/05/2006

Question:

I sleep mostly on my left side. I recently work up with a torn retina in my left eye. Everything was very smokey. I went to my eye doctor and was sent to an eye surgeon. There it was repaired. I still am seeing flashing lights in both my eyes.

I want to know if sleeping in a certain position for a long period of time could have caused the fluid in my eye to go over to one side of my eye and cause the tear in my retina?

Answer:

No, there is not enough pressure from a pillow or mattress gently pressing against the left side of your face to cause a retinal detachment.

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Response by:

Robert D Newcomb, OD, MPH, FAAO Robert D Newcomb, OD, MPH, FAAO
Professor Emeritus of Clinical Optometry
College of Optometry
The Ohio State University