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Old 08-09-2001, 08:14 PM   #1
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Question spots and lines in vision (not floaters)!

I have had a problem with my eyes for about three years. I am wondering if anyone else has ever experienced or heard of this. It all started while I was pregnant. I noticed a greyish/clear spot in my lower left field of vision. Not long after, I noticed a dark line underneath in the bottom left eye's field of vision. These are not like floaters (I have had floaters fo years). These are stationary and move with my eye. I continue to see more in both of my eyes, mainly in my peripheral vision. They are not like holes, I can see through them. It is as though they are "on top" of my vision. I also have little balls of light that roll down the outside edge of my eyes from top to bottem, usually a coupl of times a day. I have seen three opthamologists, who have all done thorough exams, makin sure I did not have a tear in my retina or anything. They all said that my eyes are very healthy and they are at a loss as to what the problem is. My vision itself is as clear as ever. I wear glasses and contacts, and my perscription has not changed in a few years. I even saw a neurologist who did an MRI, but he said the MRI showed I was healthy. I am concerned I will eventually be blind, because it keeps getting worse, but everyone keeps telling me I am completely healthy. The only things wrong with me are bad allergies and dry eyes. I hope someone can help!

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Old 09-23-2001, 07:06 PM   #2
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Your spot problem sounds exactly like mine. My problem started two days after the birth of my son. I woke up from a nap and noticed these gray spots in my left eye. Like you, they don't move and I can also see through them. They just kind of distort an area of my vision. Through time I also noticed one in my right eye that is now permanent too. I did the whole doctor thing including several opthamologist opinions, an MRI, a retinal specialist opinion and even some kind of dye test where they took pictures on my eyes. Guess what, just like you, they tell me everything is fine. It is now six years later, the spots are still there but my vision fine. The most they found was that I have drusen which is calcium deposits on my nerve endings. The doctors said that drusen is common and most of the time causes no symptoms. So by process of elimination they think it must be the drusen. So like you I really haven't been diagnosed. What I do now is go for yearly exams that include a visual field test. Have you had a visual field test? Do your spots show up on it? My spots do show up on the test, so now they are just being monitored. It is fustrating and scary. I want to note that I also have floaters, but they are completely different. I also want to note that several doctors have asked me if I have been tested for Multiple Scelorsis. I haven't but they told me that this sort of eye thing can be a symptom of MS. Something to keep in mind. Do you have any other symptoms? Look up MS and see. Good luck, we need it.

Old 09-24-2001, 09:11 AM   #3
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I have had a neurologist look at my MRI and do some other simple neurological test, and he felt I did not have MS. However, I am curious if you have ever had your thyroid tested? I understand these eye problems can occur with hyperthyroidism or graves disease, which does run in my family and I have some symptoms that I now believe could suggest thyroid problems. I am actually going to the doctor today to have mine tested. It is also common to have thyroid problems following pregnancy! Unfortunately, thyroid problems are sometimes very difficult to diagnose. As for MS, my neuro-opthamologist is rechecking my MRI tomorrow to see if there was anything on it that could have been missed, but I do not have any other kind of symptoms that would suggest MS. I'll let you know what I find out. Thanks for replying.

Old 11-09-2001, 08:30 PM   #4
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Wow! I too am seeing doctors and ophthalmologists for vision problems that began 2 months postpartum. My son is now a year old, and my symptoms are beginning to go away. I too have been tested for MS (neg MRI) and have had 3 doctors mention it to me as a possibility. My symptoms are similar to what is being said here, except I don't have a dark line or "balls of light." Instead, I have huge halos around lights. But I also have the partial blind spot that you are all talking about.

Last Christmas I had a terrible time even opening my presents because I had a huge (and very annoying) scotoma (blind spot) in my central vision--actually it was not totally black. Like you, I could see through it, but it was very very blurry, and I could not tell what I was looking at, so it might as well have been totally black. That was the worst my eyes have ever been, even though I have had smaller episodes of this since then.

I have a lot of other visual problems too: double vision; blurry vision; checkerboards look like they are jumping; sometimes I see trails; walls look warped; when I close my left eye things look more greenish, and when I close my right eye things look more pinkish; Sometimes my depth perception is off--especially when I am looking at a website or something and it has just the right colors to make it look 3D when it is really not; and I get flashes of light in my peripheral vision.

However, I DO have other symptoms of MS--tingling, weakness, vertigo, dizziness, loss of balance...I am having my monocular double vision investigated by a neuro-ophthalmologist who tells me that monocular (one eye) double vision is not caused by a neurological problem--I give up! I think I'm just crazy! I'm just going to keep on trying until I get a diagnosis because I just want to know what's wrong with me and what to expect, you know?

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