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Old 11-14-2019, 11:36 PM   #1
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Default Eye problems and piping

I have an older adult learner that has been exceptional with learning pipes with a serious amount of dedication. However, she had a detached retina and some other issues happen to her eyes and the specialist has advised her to quit as it could be related. She is devastated and going for a second opinion but I wanted to throw it out here if anyone has had issues like this and if so what remedies.
I have her on an exceptionally easy reed and a very easy setup, but she was putting in about 2 hours on pipes a day, so perhaps overdoing it?
I think its bs myself but would never go against a specialists medical advice and dont want to advise her without some facts.
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Old 11-15-2019, 06:11 AM   #2
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There are other options that are highly satisfying forms of expression.



Smallpipes being just one of several options.
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Old 11-15-2019, 06:18 AM   #3
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I donít see blowing an instrument/balloon as a cause for retinal detachment:
https://www.nei.nih.gov/learn-about-...nal-detachment

I think the key in your query is ďolderĒ. Maybe playing the pipes exacerbated an issue, but maybe some sort of exercise would have done the same thing. Maybe itís some other reason? Extreme nearsightedness and thus bagpipes are only correlated but not the actual cause. But Iím really at a loss for connecting blowing with anything in your eyeball save for increased blood pressure, but thatís not specific to bagpipes.

Blindness is no joke. There are always bellows pipes!
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Old 11-15-2019, 08:23 AM   #4
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In the late 1980s I was found to have tears on both retinas. I'd been piping about 10 years. My ophthalmologist repaired the damage in outpatient surgery and I've not had a retinal problem since. Can't say so much for the piping though.


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Old 11-15-2019, 10:39 AM   #5
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A Very Partial...
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I have an older adult learner that has been exceptional with learning pipes



and the specialist has advised her to quit as it could be related.



She is devastated and going for a second opinion






Greetings to All,


A second... and/or... even a third opinion... is seldom a
misplaced avenue of approach.


The causes for increases in intraocular pressure can, and
often are... entirely ideosyncratic... patient to patient... and
so... depending upon what further examinations may reveal...
she may well be able to continue with piping.


Wishing for your student... All the Best!!,


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Old 11-15-2019, 12:00 PM   #6
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I had a friend blow blood vessels in his eyes regularly while weight lifting for all it's worth!
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Old 11-16-2019, 11:47 AM   #7
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Went through surgery for a detached retina five months ago. No piping during recovery - but released for full activity after a month. Blowing a bagpipe since then has not been a problem for my eye.
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Old 11-17-2019, 07:58 AM   #8
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With issues like this is it useful to ask what the advice would be about weightlifting, as the stresses are very similar, and the situation more familiar to medical professionals.
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Old 11-17-2019, 08:16 AM   #9
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We had a promising older student who had to quit for the same reason. Doctors told him he could lose his sight playing the bagpipes.
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Old 11-17-2019, 03:13 PM   #10
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I had retina surgery the day after Christmas last year and yes, NO piping or blowing/testing reeds for 2 months. The strain on your eyes is real, when you blow you are increasing the pressure inside the eye.

After I was all healed up I was given the okay to make and play reeds again.

This is very real stuff and not to be messed with. Follow your doctors orders when it comes to this stuff, it's not worth losing your sight over that's for sure.
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