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Old 06-28-2009, 07:22 PM   #1
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Unhappy Flashing strobe lights and swirls in my eye

Can someone please tell me what i might be exeperiencing. I had a retina detachemnt in my right eye over 20 years ago, 3 operations later i lost the sight in my eye. Now in my good left eye i am experiencing a two small spinning wheels which are blurry and a strobe light effect in the corner of my eye. I have been to 6 eye surgeons and they have looked at my retina and they cant see any tears or holes there. this is beginning to freak me out as it is constantly there. Yet when im busy doing things i dont notice these swrils and strobing lights. Ihave been under a lot of stress this year and notice is more before my monthly period. Has anyone else had these symptoms. Please help the anxiety is killing me and no doctor can give me answers,.

 
Old 04-26-2010, 10:58 AM   #2
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Re: Flashing strobe lights and swirls in my ye

I'm curious if you ever found what the cause is? I also have a swirling/spinning/blurry circle that sets off to the right of my view. In my right eye. It seems to be its worst if I go outside without sunglasses. Other times it can act up while im simply laying in bed reading. It is distracting. No pain. Someone mentioned a detachment of the retina? My vision is great other than that, and a few new "floaters". Curious if you had any leads. Thanks.

 
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Re: Flashing strobe lights and swirls in my ye

Not necessarily a detached retina but probably some kind of disturbance to the photoreceptors (light sensitive cells) in the eye. It would be wise to see an ophthalmologist (not an optometrist or optician) for a check-up, if possible.

 
Old 04-26-2010, 11:06 PM   #4
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Hello there and thanks for a reply. I have read your symptoms which ar similar to mine. After alot of research on my own as I found the opthalmologists that I were seeing were not able to tell me exaclty what was going on except one. I was diagnosed firstly with IOP (intaocular pressure) glaucoma, which I was given eyedrops for to put into my eyes every night, then after many visits to a retina specialist I was also diagnosed with a possible PVD (post vitreous detachment) this is where the vitreous starts to shrink and whilst this is happening it can be tugging on the retina which could possibly be causing these flashes of light that I mentioned above. It has been a year now since these flashes started and if it were to be a retinal detachment it would have happened by now. Its hard to explain what has been happening, the flashes have lessened now but they do occasionaly reoccur, I have noted that they do happen more during that "time of the month" . I can answer more of your questions but firstly to be able to give you a proper answer, I need to know how old you are? This would help..

 
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Re: Flashing strobe lights and swirls in my ye

That's precisely what I meant about a disturbance of the photoreceptors. Posterior vitreous detachment (PVD) usually happens from the age of 50 upwards and about 65% of people have it by the age of 70. Most people don't even notice it happening but the inner limiting membrane gradually peels away from the retina over a period of months and can produce various visual effects, especially in the dark. In some cases, like mine, the separation is not completed and a piece of the membrane pulls on the retina. This needs an operation to prevent a tear in the retina.
If the ophthalmologist thinks yours is progressing normally, thats fine but, if the flashing gets worse of you have any sudden visual problems, you should seek immediate hospital treatment.

 
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Ophthalmic Migraine?

 
Old 12-22-2011, 05:18 AM   #7
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Re: Flashing strobe lights and swirls in my eye

for a few weeks now i have been starting to see strobe lights in my right eye..i am also noting i have tmj with the clicking of my left jaw...i have been reading the posts about this and i note that the eye doctors from what i see on the posts cant find anything is this true...bren

 
Old 01-02-2012, 07:03 PM   #8
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Hello,
I've had these visual distortions for awhile and might have an answer for you. My doctor suggested auras, or eye/ocular migraines. It didn't sound right at all to me, but after some googling, it was a perfect match. As scary and unsettling as it is, it is apparently a pretty harmless occurance.
Good luck.

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Old 01-03-2012, 11:17 AM   #9
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Re: Flashing strobe lights and swirls in my eye

I am having the same thing happening in my good eye. It took 3 retina viterous specialists ( 2 when I was out of town) and the last one here where I live to find it. I have something called bullous retinoschisis. That is where a part of the retina itself has split into 2 seperate layers amd some of the vitreous has seeped in between the layers and made a bubble. Lots of strobe lights and it rather looks like something in the far top right of my eye is moving around. Rather like looking at oil moving in water.There are no holes or tears just annoying.Dr says it may never happen and stay as is or it may detach like my other eye. A really good retina vitreous physician can do the test for it right in the office.
Wishing you well and keep us posted when you get your answer.

 
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