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Old 12-01-2004, 08:27 AM   #1
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Sudden Eye Movement Causing Flash of Light

For about two days now, when I suddenly move my eyes upward and to the right, I see a flash of "stars" or light in the upper rt. part of my left eye. I checked up on "detached retina" on Google, but I don't think that's the problem, fortunately. Has anyone else had this to happen? It's a little scary, but mostly just a minor irritation.

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Old 12-01-2004, 04:14 PM   #2
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Re: Sudden Eye Movement Causing Flash of Light

Hi Tony: Sounds like it might be the vitreous tugging on the retina.

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Old 12-01-2004, 05:14 PM   #3
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Re: Sudden Eye Movement Causing Flash of Light

Howdy, Torre! Good to see you again! You sound like a doc! That sure sounds right to me too. Is that serious? It' s not all the time, just when I look up quickly, so maybe it's not too bad. If I get up with it doing that again in the a.m., I may have the eye doc check that out. I've been to him tons of times with similiar stuff, and it always checks out just fine in there, just my usual floaters banging into each other.
You doing good? Sure hope so. Well, we'll see ya' later~

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Old 12-02-2004, 05:45 AM   #4
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Tony, not only is it not serious, it's normal. Happens with age. The vitreous humor thins out, shrinks, comes away from the retina. Other than causing more floaters, I don't think it does any damage.

I'm doing okay, but my daughter was diagnosed with iritis/uveitis a month ago. That's a worry, it's a serious condition. Don't know what it is about the females in this family--my ma's got macular degeneration, so there's three generations of non-hereditary bad eyes. Karma?

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Old 12-02-2004, 06:59 AM   #5
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Re: Sudden Eye Movement Causing Flash of Light

That's good news, if you are right, and I hope you are--saved me a run to the opthal, and having to contend with a blurred, dilated eye all day! (There I am now)

That's good that you are doing good, but I am sorry to learn about the daughter's problem. That does seem to be a heriditary thing.

Well, no, no one named Karma lives here, just me and Barb.

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Old 12-02-2004, 01:12 PM   #6
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Re: Sudden Eye Movement Causing Flash of Light

I've had that for years on and off and real bad in my left eye since May, everytime I blink! 99% of the time it's nohting, but "they" say it should always be checked out because the vitreous pulling on the retina could cause the retina to tear which in turn could LEAD to a detached retina - always good just to have the doc take a quick look. When I was younger I had it for about 3 years straight, then it was on and off, now it's real bad, but I have no problems. And the RIGHT eye has big BALLS of light!

 
Old 12-03-2004, 06:07 AM   #7
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Yeah, Tony, don't let anything I say keep you from going to a professional. These are just opinions we express here.

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Old 12-03-2004, 07:13 AM   #8
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Re: Sudden Eye Movement Causing Flash of Light

Hello, folks- Well, I do value you guys' opinions very much. This a.m., I had a bad blind spot (light in dark and dark in light) area in my left eye when I first woke up, but by now, it's pretty well gone! Weird stuff! I sometimes have a fear I'm having small strokes in my eye, but every time I run to the Dr. he says things look okay, just have my usual floaters in there, so...(?) I saw a retinal specialist nearly two years ago, and he even said over and over "Beautiful! Beautiful!" when he looked at my retinas under dialation, so again...(?)(!)

 
Old 12-03-2004, 02:36 PM   #9
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OK, now THAT sounds like posterior vitreous detachment (no, don't panic, it just SOUNDS bad! LOL!) - if it's almost gone you are really lucky! I have it real bad it came at the beginning of April. It was SO light in the dark that I thought the porch light was on when I looked outside at night - during the day in the sun it's totally black! It's a bit lighter now, but I have adjusted to it - and I also get the same thing from the eyedoctor "Retina looks excellent!" It's just that vitreous pulled off. Yep, weird stuff goes on with the eyes, I can't tell you all I've "seen" (spinning black things in peripherial vison, purple lights, blue flashes... I think I've had everything happen that CAN happen!

 
Old 12-10-2004, 05:51 AM   #10
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Re: Sudden Eye Movement Causing Flash of Light

Anxiety Man-

Oh my. I have the exact same stuff. Weird spots - light and dark - that come and go (some when I blink I see, some I don't have to blink to see). I have floaters. I have afterimages. I have spots of blue light that I see when I move my eyes. These things all come and go and yes, I've been to doctors, too. My eyes look perfect! I am beginning to think I'm crazy. All my vision problems began after intense health-related anxiety (all's fine there), but now that I am trying to de-stress, this vision stuff always gets me anxious again. It's a vicious cycle. Now, if I would just relax and trust my doctors that there is nothing wrong with my eyes, I'd probably get a lot better.
So, just know you are not alone. Just take comfort in knowing that your eyes are normal, but maybe just VERY sensitive to vitreous changes as sunlover says.
And, THANK you Sunlover for responding to messages like these. It makes me comforted to know that others see weird stuff and have for years, with no blindness and a 'normal' diagnosis from doctors.
Have a great weekend Anxiety man and Sunlover
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Hello, Stella! Boy, we are a rare breed alright! Normal to the docs, but what a Fourth of July fireworks display we see! I had that blind spot (light in dark and dark in light areas) mess to hit me one time too many yesterday, so I went in to the doc! As I had got that lick to my head in the Oct. 21 car wreck, they felt it best to be checked out. He did tell me that a blow like that can upset the vitreous "jelly" in there and it is touching the retina. So, I did learn something there. He says he thinks this will settle in time. It's funny it waited over a month from the wreck to start acting up! It usually doesn't flare until evening is coming on. I'm clear right now, but I will be sweating "will it stay alright, or hit me again today?"! That is so true about being sensitive to these changes. Boy, are we ever!

Well, gonna scat for now. Thanks for writing, Stella, and you guys also have a super weekend!

 
Old 12-10-2004, 12:17 PM   #12
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Hey there Anxiety man - can I ask where you get your name? If you are as anxious-prone as me, then this explains why you are so darn observant to your vision as I am. I believe anxiety and hypersensitivity go hand in hand.

Anyway, I had to respond to your blow to the head. You said it is weird that you are just now having vision problems associated with it. I remember a few months before I began seeing the floaters (my first symptom) that while working out at the gym, I would have this blurry-vision episode when I would do a certain exercise. It is a lower back exercise where you lock your feet in this do-hickey where you suspend yourself parallel to the floor, then lower your upperbody down to where you upperbody is perpendicular to the floor (I don't know how else to describe it), then straighten back up. Anyway, I'd do this motion really fast and see a blurry mess in front of my vision, almost as if the vitreous is tugging away at the retina. It didn't go dark, just blurry. My vision would always return to normal upon standing. I think now that this may have triggered some sort of vitreous changes which have led to a posterior vitreous syneresis. The doctors cannot find signs of classical PVD (I'm only 29 anyway and they suggest it is an older person's problem), but one suggested that a more benign syneresis may be happening which is causing my visuals. That and the anxiety of seeing stuff which causes me to see more stuff and more stuff... I could go on. So, maybe there is some truth to having vitreous changes after a more physical 'trauma' to the vitreous such as your accident and my weird exercise.
Just earlier after lunch I was seeing a transient blurriness in my right eye. It went away totally in 30 minutes or so. I hate just waiting for the next visual to pop up. You just never know when to run to the doctor!
Glad to read your blind spot went away! Mine always do, too, but it's still stressful!

Take care!
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Old 12-10-2004, 02:22 PM   #13
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Yo, Stella! I originally went on the Healthboards a long time ago, back when my anxiety and panic disorder were worse, hence the board name of Anxiety Man. I'm better now, and once tried to change the name to something else, but found I couldn't. So, "ohhh well", I'll hang with the nervous aka. But, I'm still nervous enough at times, that I do react more to body malfunctions than someone who is less wired. I agree that being the anxiety type, irregular symptoms do turn on the "nervous" with me. It also depresses me.

That is a pretty scary set of symptoms you have with exercise! Have you ever seen a neurologist or just an eye doc? I would be in panic land plus if I had those!
I hope they get better for ya'. It's a real bummer, this eye stuff. I not only have eye probs, I have had tinnitus (ringing and other noises) in my ears since 1984. I also have hyperacusis, an abnormal sensitivity to sound. From the neck up, stuff is weird! I played drums and music too loud for too long--burned the auditory circuits.

Wish I could give ya' our e-mail here, but they won't allow it, but it's good to yak on here for sure.

So far, today, the area of light/dark is staying out of my eye. Thank God! I need a good day after the mess of being dilated plus that light yesterday!

Well, take care, Stella, and write any ol' time.

 
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