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dazed&contused
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posted 02-26-2003 03:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dazed&contused     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

About 10 days ago, i started experiencing a sensitivity to light. Being the neurotic hypochondriac i am, i started looking up eye disorders on the net and started experiencing every symptom of every disorder i read about.

What it seems to have boiled down to now after 10 days is what can only be described as a "shimmering" or "flickering" that is now omnipresent. It is worse when i look at a computer monitor or am under fluorescent lights, and it virtually disappears when i'm outside in the sunshine and even when i watch tv there is no indication of it.

I am near-sighted and have been wearing contacts for many years i'm 35 years old. i don't take any anti-depressants (not for a couple of years) and the only thing that changed in my dietary intake before the appearance of this shimmering is i started on a Lutein supplement (which i promptly stopped thinking it to be the cause). I have been taking Centrum with Lutein, Co-Enzyme Q-10, Vitamin C and Vitamin E, Calcium/Magnesium supplements pretty much for about 2 years.

The only "advice" or similiar symptoms i've found on the net are migraine related, and i have never had a migraine and i don't have a headache associated with this.

I have an optometrist appointment on Friday, but i suspect they won't find anything wrong, as this appears to be the case of everyone else who describes similiar symptoms anyhwhere else i've read about it. In fact, no one seems to have any idea at all what causes this or how to fix it.

I'm going to go pick up a separate Vitamin A supplement today and maybe a B complex, but i doubt this is going to do anything

Of course i'm totally freaked about this.

Any ideas?

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posted 02-26-2003 03:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dazed&contused     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Oh yeah - i forgot to add....

i did just get over a wicked flu about a month ago, so Viral Labyrinths (am i saying this correctly?) came to my attention but i have virtually no dizziness or vertigo (little tiny bit, but i cant tell if i'm imagining this), though my inner ear canal is slightly sore (at times).

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posted 02-26-2003 05:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dazed&contused     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
and oh yeah yeah...(sorry, should have collected my thoughts entirely b4 posting)

at times, things i'm looking at look like i'm viewing them through a heat mirage, like when you look at something over a car engine that's been running. things kinda all jittery. Again this is worse under fluoresecent light and better in sunlight.

if that helps at all.

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posted 02-28-2003 12:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for spookyfe     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi

Not sure at a;; what you have but my hubbie used to go every year to an optermeterist equivilent and they never told him anything was wrong despite increasing floaters and dimming vision. This year and out of the UK he went to see a retina specialist after having wavy lines in his vision it turns out he has a cataract in his right eye been there for years and some more serious problems in his left eye all of which should have been picked up on by the other people. I would sugest and this is just personal that y ou go to a proper eye doctor as opposed to an optermetersit.

Just to say also that he hasn't had any of the symptoms you mention so don't worry you have what he had.

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galad
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posted 03-13-2003 04:42 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for galad     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This was rather how my optic neuritis started! i became hyper senstive to the overhead lights at work (flaring and flickering) and also to contrasty things (signs with black writing on bright back grounds). this lasted about 2 weeks then i got the more classic symptoms of dim vision, blurring, colour loss etc. So presist with your optometrist for thorough checks, i went and they told me my eyes were healthy...and about a week later i was reading with a flashlight! (Vision 90 percent OK now, no more flaring.)

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posted 05-02-2003 10:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for sjtoler     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have the same thing, plus a slight peripheral double vision, or a glaring/ghosting of passing images. I was seen by an ophthamologist who said I had perfect eyes, nothing at all wrong that he could see so he suggested an MRI (get the results monday) to check the eye muscles which can cause this and astigmatism can cause this as well. I have migraine with aura (some vision loss) but without the pain, weird huh?! Good luck and if you find out anything more please let me know, I tend to make things worse than what they actually are too!

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posted 05-06-2003 01:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dazed&contused     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
if you don't mind me asking, what were your mri results?

i never even thought that it might be related to astigmatism (which i have)...

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posted 05-09-2003 04:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for stprdi     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have had them for years. Mine are visual migraines. I am light sensitive. If I catch the sun wrong or just bright light I get a shimmer of light around the periphery of my vision. Course there are times I just wake up with it too. It is common and with visual migraines you do not have a headache at the same time. It can occur after though. I take Tylenol and usually have to rest my eyes, keep them dark for a while and it goes away. It interferes with my driving and I hate to wear sunglasses. Not good.

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