I am an ophthalmologist. The “thinning” you mentioned–do you happen to know if it’s global retinal thinning (which is usually secondary to being very nearsighted), or is it a focal thinning (usually secondary to a condition called ‘lattice degeneration’)?
Re your surgery–was it a ‘vitrectomy’ (instruments inserted into the eye to cut and remove the intraocular gel), or a ‘scleral buckle’ (a silicone band attached to the outside of the eyeball)?[/quote]
Thank you for your interest.
I am near sighted and the thinning is lattice degeneration of peripheral retina.
surgery was vitrectomy and scleral buckle. had the gas bubble so I got to wear the green armband.
any weightlifting tips besides not holding my breath while lifting?[/quote]
Nearsighted + lattice degeneration + RD in one eye + Valsalva maneuver = significant risk of RD in the fellow eye. Note that, of these risk factors, there’s only one over which you have control, that being whether you choose to Valsalva. So for now, I suggest you avoid it.
As for your lifting career going forward, if you are dead-set on lifting heavy again: Explain to your doc how important this is to your quality of life, and ask whether prophylactic treatment of your lattice would reduce your RD risk. (I have to stress that I am NOT recommending this, because even with prophylaxis you will still have a higher-than-average risk of RD.
That is, there is nothing your doc can do that will reduce your risk to the population baseline.) Unfortunately, I suspect your doc will say you’re not a candidate for prophylaxis (lattice is often not amenable to prophylaxis, especially in the context of nearsightedness). As you observed above, sometimes life sucks. [/quote]
I’ve given up on the idea of ever lifting heavy again. do you think the 315 would be pushing it or would it be an acceptable max?[/quote]
I’m not sure how your doc came up with 315# as a hard-and-fast cutoff. I suggest you ask him to clarify his recommendation; I think it will boil down to avoiding significant Valsalva-ing, no matter what weight is involved. [/quote]
I wondered about that.
I mean the right exercise can make someone valsava with pink dumb bells. Pushing a sled as hard as he can similar to a sprint, would be easier then him doing 365 a few times on a squat.
I wonder if his doc gave him that recommendation as something general considering his age. In that case he may just be trying to say be careful.