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Can I play football again after retinal tear?


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Published At May 10, 2018
Reviewed AtFebruary 28, 2023

Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

Can I play football again after a retinal tear? It has been seven months since the eye laser, and I have been great, no more flashing lights for a few months and no vision problems.


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I, unfortunately, have to say no. The fact that you have had a retinal tear that had to be treated by laser tells me that you are at future risk of another tear. The tear by itself can progress to retinal detachment and can permanently decrease the visual acuity of your eye even after treatment.

Please avoid all contact sports and attend follow-ups as instructed by your ophthalmologist.

The Probable causes

Anomalous PVD (posterior vitreous detachment).

Investigations to be done

1. Indirect ophthalmoscopy. 2. B-scan ultrasound.

Differential diagnosis

1. Retinal hole. 2. Retinal degeneration.

Probable diagnosis

Retinal tear post laser.

Treatment plan


Preventive measures

Avoid contact sports.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Manjunath Natarajan
Dr. Manjunath Natarajan

Ophthalmology (Eye Care)

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