Floaters, halos and sparkles... Oh my!
Hi, I'm 19 years old and instead of giving you a back story like everyone else I am just going to list my symptoms, I will say however I have seen an eye doctor multiple times in the past few months and she says that as far as she can tell my eyes are in excellent health. I usually wouldn't post on a forum like this in an attempt to avoid being accused of being a hypochondriac, but it's gotten to the point where I will avoid going on walks on a sunny beautiful day because of my eye symptoms.
Rated from most to least annoying.
1: Sparkles in the sky, it can be described as a bunch of fireflies darting around my vision when I look at a bright sky or very bright computer screen. (Kind of like that Owl City song.) It seems to worsen if I run or do a cardio workout, and than as my heart rate slows again they subside, or at least become less prevalent and fast moving. I have heard many explanations for this, the more commonly accepted being that they sparkles are white blood cells moving around my eye, thus as i run my blood flow increases and they become faster. Now this makes sense to me, but why am I seeing them now as appose to a year ago?
PS: I wear sunglasses all the time when I'm outside now otherwise it's just ridiculous.
2: Halos around lights, nothing too special here but when I wear contacts my eyes become exceedingly dry and the halos worsen. I saw an optometrist after I started noticing the halos, and he said that again that my eyes were fine, even adding "You have perfect retinas." Whatever that means... If I wasn't so glad to hear that every time I visit the eye doctors I would be getting annoyed at the repetition of the phrase at this point.
3: Floaters, again nothing special however I have been noticing more and more of them... I can't see them all the time, knock on wood, but against a bright blue or white sky they are as clear as day (and yes there is a distinct difference between the floaters and the sparkles.) At first I would noticed one or two floating by to say hello, now they seem to be roaming around in packs...lol
I have a minor superscription of -1 in each eye, as well as allergies to dogs, dust and hay fever. (Wasn't born with them, thanks genetically enhanced foods.) I find myself with one clogged nostril at all times, they alternated day to day, recently a doctor prescribed Nasonex I couldn't tell if it did anything so I stopped taking it. I have tinnitus at times, and I wonder if this is all caused by sinus pressure?
Anyway, thanks for putting up with my complaining, my first instinct was to ignore the symptoms but over the past few months I find my self thinking about them more than anything else. The symptoms have taken away the serenity of a walk on the beach or a cool drive at night, I guess I can live with them if I have to, but the whole reason I posted this was to find out if there is anything I can do, so here are my questions.
Would it be worth it for me to see a neurologist? (I have read other posts like mine and they say that the neurologists never find anything.)
Are there any treatments for any of these symptoms? (I have heard lasik for the floaters).
Could any of these symptoms be caused by sinus pressure, if so than what can i do to reduce the sinus pressure?
Last edited by Sirjimmybob; 01-21-2010 at 11:19 AM.