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Phoenix Suns Star Amare Stoudemire out for the season due to a retinal detachement

Dr. Alan Shih
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The Phoenix Suns NBA star and leading scorer Amare Stoudemire was recently lost for the season, due to a partially detached retina that required surgery.  In a game against the LA Clippers, where he scorred 42 points, he was struck near his eye.  He has suffered from a torn iris in the same eye in the past. 

Phoenix Suns Star Amare StoudemireTrauma is the leading cause of retinal detahments and athletic endeavors are a frequent precipitant.  While the majority of eye injuries can be prevented by wearing protective eyewear, the majority of athletes do not wear them.  Soudemire's injury emphasizes the seriousness of a detached retina, which can result in blindness. 

Possible symptoms of a patient with a a retinal detachment may include stumbling, general clumbsiness, often running into the wall, and difficulty walking in a straight line.  There are certainly a myriad of other possible causes, but the best way to fule out a retinal detachment is by a dilated eye exam. 

If one experiences 'Floaters and/or Flashes' they should contact an eye care professional right away, as this may indicate an abnormality of the retina.  These conditions typically start during the earlier stages of a retinal hole or tear, and usually worsen with a retinal detachment.  A retinal detachment is a medical emergency, and can result in permanent vision loss.  If you or anyone you know experience any of these symptoms, seek medical treatment right away. 

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