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Old 02-15-2009, 02:36 PM   #1
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eye floaters?

Yesterday i noticed little dark specs like squiggly lines going by my vision. But not alot and not constant. I read it isn't uncommon. I just had a complete eye exam in November and all was healthy. Should i be concerned by this? i want to call my eye doctor and be checked out. comments? bride5527

 
Old 02-15-2009, 04:55 PM   #2
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I have had floaters in both eyes,periodically for thirty years.Mine will freeze in my line of vision.I will then not be able to read,distinguish faces,or watch telivision.When these rascals froze,I would walk the halls at work ,go to the bathroom,and kill time for 15-20
minutes.I would return to my desk,as if I just took a rest.I never paniced,knowing that these were temporary problems.My son gets these things about every three months,and says his eye man said it was migranes without the pain.My reg Dr. said that "everyone' has these sediments at the bottom of their eyes,and somehow got dislodged.When I first
had these (after blow-torching paint off my house,30 years,gave me one warning;DO NOT DIVE INTO WATER.I hope this helps you to tackle these floaters. Bill

 
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Old 02-17-2009, 09:52 AM   #3
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Yesterday i noticed little dark specs like squiggly lines going by my vision. But not alot and not constant. I read it isn't uncommon. I just had a complete eye exam in November and all was healthy. Should i be concerned by this? i want to call my eye doctor and be checked out. comments? bride5527
Hi im from South Africa. i also got one spot in my one eye then i started getting lines. i went for test in both eyes 2 months ago & r really worried. im going for a test this month.From where are you maybe we can talk bout it personnaly.

 
Old 02-21-2009, 04:33 AM   #4
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I went to the eye dr. and he said that the gel (fluid) behind the eyes thins as we age. and i guess it is pulling away from the eye. that is what is causing the floaters and the lightening bolts i see out of the corner of my eye (scary)....So far there is no tear and everything looks good wants to see me in 10 days to see if it is better....I hope so.
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Old 02-21-2009, 01:31 PM   #5
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I have these too. In December, I woke up in the middle of the night with a flash of light in my left eye. The flashing continued off and on for three more days until I could get an appointment with an opthomologist. Like you, the gel had pulled away from the retina, but I did, in fact, have a retinal tear. I had to have laser surgery that very day. I just had my six week check up following the laser surgery and the tear has healed. Then yesterday, I experienced a very large spider web like floater in that same eye. It really scared me. I was fortunate to get an appointment that very day and was told that there was no new tear but more of the gel was pulling away. From what I have read on this, you should not ignore any sudden flashes or floaters. I hope you continue to do well and no tears occur. Are you nearsighted by chance?

 
Old 02-22-2009, 06:38 AM   #6
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Thanks for the reply., that is interesting.....He did say no tears now....Hopefully when i see him this friday i will get the same news..Does this go away on it's own ??
So strange how this happens, I go for eye exams yearly......Was the laser surgery scary or not bad......Please let me know....bride527

 
Old 02-22-2009, 11:37 AM   #7
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The laser surgery was not scary at all (and I am a big worrier). This may be because I had my initial appointment in the morning and then I was immediately scheduled to have the laser procedure done about an hour later. I had no time to scare myself on the internet or worry myself crazy. The surgery itself was shots of bright light on the eye and I could only feel it in a couple of places. And even that was not overly painful. The doctor told me to take some Tylenol afterward, but there was no pain. During the surgery, I just sat still and he would tell me when he was going to shoot the laser. All in all, I think the whole procedure lasted less than ten minutes. Honestly, not that bad.

The thing that scares me now is that I was that this can still happen again. I just had my six week check up following the laser surgery and everything looked great. Ten days later, the gel pulled away again and I got that huge floater. I would have to say that this recent incident was much scarier then the initial flashing of lights that I saw. I sure hope this is the end of it!!

 
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Wow.....so that is how they do the surgery. I had no idea. I hope it doesn't come to that. I am hoping on Friday he will say it looks fine..I am just like you I worry myself into such a state.....I hate it. thanks so much for the info. i will let you know how i make.bride527

 
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hi i also have eye floaters & lines in my eyes. im goin to the doctor on thursday. im really worried cause especialy c it when i look in blue sky.

 
Old 02-28-2009, 02:13 PM   #10
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What I have is vitreous detachment. that is why the floaters and the lightening bolt in my left eye when i look to the left (sometimes). He said when you see the flash that is the gel pulling away from the eye and could cause a tear. I went back friday for my follow up and no tear. the flashes have been less frequent, thank Goodness. He wants to see me back in 3 weeks. if it gets worse I have to call him right away...If there is a tear, then they have to laser it. I hope not...but according to the post from jitteryme it shouldn't be that bad. I hope it doesn't come to that and it just gets better on its own. He said this is very common and he sees cases like this at least 3 times a week. I was shocked. It is an aging thing. Like i wanted to her that!! LOL...bride527

 
Old 02-28-2009, 06:46 PM   #11
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I have had a different experience for my floaters that started 30 years ago.I was using a blow torch to peel paint off my house,when this started.My family Dr.
treated me,and said it was caused by sediment at the bottom of the eye.He said that all people have this from birth,and mine just got active somehow.I don't remember any meds for my floaters,and he told me not to dive into any water.What I never told him,was that these floaters started to "freeze" in my line of sight. I could not read,watch TV,or see details of people's faces.This would last about 20 minutes or so.I would close my eyes,if I could,or would walk away
from my desk,for that interval.I never panicked,and always came out of it.My
son says he has floaters that "freeze",but says his eye man tells him it is a migraine,without the headache.I was fortunate not to have heard of this laser treatment.I now go months,without these pesky floaters.I believe most folks have floaters,when they look to the sky.If they don't "freeze" for a better look,forget it. Good luck...Bill

 
Old 03-02-2009, 01:24 AM   #12
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hi i c it also mostly when i look at the sky or at something white. im goin to c eye specialist thursday. do u know of a operation that can remove floaters even if u didnt have retinol detacthment.

 
Old 03-05-2009, 10:52 PM   #13
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can a normal optomatrist pick this up?
I went to optomatrist and he took photo of the back of my eye and said everything was fine

 
Old 03-06-2009, 03:49 AM   #14
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Yes, the dr. dialated my eyes and also took pictures. they can tell what is going on behind the eye by doing that..........

 
Old 03-07-2009, 08:22 PM   #15
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what about if they took the photo without dilating the eyes?
I cannot have the drps to dilate the eyes as i get really panicky.is there some other test they could do?
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