• Is rugby safe after retinal surgery?


    Question:

    One of my family members had surgery for a detached retina after playing rugby in April 2021. He's very keen play again—do you think this is possible in the near future?


    Answer:

    Typically, it is recommended that a patient avoid any activity that would make you sweat for 1 to 2 weeks after retinal surgery. But as rugby carries a high risk of trauma, ask your surgeon if it’s possible to safely resume this high-impact, physical sport. If cleared, be sure your family member wears proper eye goggles and headgear to protect themselves from blows to the head and eyes.


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