Prayers Up! Gospel Singer Fred Hammond Has Eye Surgery

fred hammondThe morning of January 28, 2016, Fred Hammond announced that he was going into surgery for his right eye. The award-winning gospel singer and songwriter said that the surgery was to reattach his cornea.

Retinal detachment is a serious eye condition that occurs when the retina becomes separated from the wall of the eye and its supportive underlying tissue. The retina cannot function when these two layers are detached, and without prompt treatment, permanent vision loss may occur. Retinal detachment can occur from injury to the eye or face, or from very high levels of nearsightedness.

Patients with retinal detachment may experience a blind spot, blurred vision or shadows forming in their peripheral vision. Other symptoms may include an increase in flashes and floaters. It is important to see your doctor at the first sign of symptoms in order to minimize the damage caused by this condition.

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But even with such a high rate of success for surgery, it is important to act quickly. The longer you wait to have surgery, the lower the chances that good vision will be restored. When the retina loses contact with its supporting layers, vision begins to get worse. An ophthalmologist who specializes in retinal detachments will usually do surgery within a few days of your being diagnosed with a detachment.