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    Old 01-26-2022, 08:42 AM   #1
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    Extremely Concerning Vision Problems


    I guess I'll start from the beginning. It's going to be long.

    I am a very, very active and healthy 21 year old male. A few months ago, I noticed floaters in my eyes. Both eyes. And they've greatly increased in number, in both eyes. I would call these "normal floaters" black cobwebs and strings, moving around in my vision with my eye's movements. They've grown in number, and have become more and more noticeable. Getting bigger, darker and much more of them.

    But then, like a couple of months ago, I started noticing translucent bubbles. They shower down in my vision, like rain or snow. They seem to just be falling from the top. Tons and tons of them. Some are connected together in a line. But most are just loose and by themselves. And others are like clumped up together. It's so hard to explain. But it looks like cells or something. That started to worry me.

    But now, I am seeing very prevalent flashes directly in my center vision. Sparkles. Some little flashes, and some are huge, very unnerving flashes. In my direct line of sight. I notice them the most when I'm outside working in the sun. I really see the flashes when looking at the sky or a wall. Which is contrary to what I've read that most people see, because they only see their flashes in the dark. Whereas mine are most noticeable in bright environments.

    But I see the floaters all the time. 24/7. I also see the flashes at night, but are way more noticeable against the sky in the daytime. They mostly appear as sparkles in my direct center vision. But others will be little white splotches and lines just barely next to whatever I'm directly looking at. But then when I look to the white splotches or lines, they're gone. Sometimes I see "black flashes" and other times I've seen yellow dots.

    And then just recently like these last few weeks, I notice intense after images. Like a "burn" in your vision for a few minutes. Usually on high contrast things. It doesn't have to be bright. And the after image can be colored. Usually green and pink/purple. And then I'll see green and pink/purple lines, inside of lines I'll see in my environment. It's so hard to explain. But let's say my blinds are closed, and the blinds are those classic horizontal wood slats. I will see the colored lines, but they go vertical. Green and pink. Same thing with the yellow lines in a McDonald's fry container. It makes my eyes freak out, seeing green and pink lines going the opposite way. And then I'll see colors just on a blank surface as well. (sky or wall).

    I have been to an optometrist, and two ophthalmologists. All of whom said my eyes are fine, and even look healthy. But my vision is not healthy... I am scared that something very serious is going on.

    Please leave your thoughts, opinions and knowledge. Hopefully guiding me to get the help I need. Thank you in advance. And thanks for reading that long, confusing story.

    The flashes in my direct center vision are what scares me the most. And the fact that I'm insanely young for these kind of problems. Everything I read, says I'm having the eye problems of an 80 year old man that is losing his vision.

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    Hi...what you're describing sounds like the symptoms I've had with vitreous detachments.
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    Old 01-26-2022, 01:58 PM   #3
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    Re: Extremely Concerning Vision Problems

    Were either of the opthalmologists retina doctors? If not, I would see if you can get a thorough exam from one of them. Like mentioned it sounds like when I had my PVD's. Both of mine resulted in retina detachments. Something is not right and if you notice missing vision (like a dark curtain) get to the emergency room asap.

    May also be a good idea to get a checkup for general health. Just to rule out any issues there.

    Lets us know what happens and good luck. Jim

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    Old 01-26-2022, 03:25 PM   #4
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    Sorry to read about your vision concerns and rightfully so. 2 years ago I started having some of the issues you are describing and after a visit to the eye doctor I was diagnoses with a tear in my retina. The same day I had laser surgery with 2 follow-up surgeries and luckily the retina in my right eye has healed but it’s not perfect. Note, this happened when I was 62 years old. As mentioned already seek out a retina specialist to aid you in finding the cause of your vision issues.

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    Re: Extremely Concerning Vision Problems

    Agree with other posters recommending you see a retina specialist. General ophthalmologists and optometrists sometimes don't have the experience or equipment to diagnose retinal conditions especially if in far reaches of the retina. What is surprising is that your symptoms are in both eyes.

    Best to see specialist associated with a teaching/university hospital as they are up on latest developments in their field and less likely to recommend unnecessary treatments.

    I also wonder if some of the physical activities you do may have contributed to the situation. Be sure to tell the retinologist about your activities.

    Good luck. Keep us posted.

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    Old 03-06-2022, 09:35 PM   #6
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    Here is a recommendation from my Dr:

    Having a few floaters is normal BUT if you see lots of floaters showering down, if you see sparks, if you see changes in Amsler grid, or if your eyes become sensitive to light, book an appointment right away with your eye Dr (dilation and scan needed).

    For eye Dr and optometrist, it is better to find one with various scanning tools to save scans and compare the issues using the prior scans from your prior appointments.

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