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Old 08-05-2010, 02:19 AM   #1
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loyski HB User
Flickering vision due to lattice degeneration?

Hello! I'm here to ask questions about the eye condition I'm having right now. It seems like I have flickering in my vision particularly on the peripheral vision of my left eye. It looks like "waves" and is more pronounced when I'm lying down on a sideways position. Also, I notice some "flashes" on the peripheral vision of my left eye, especially when I wake up in the morning. I also have floaters - a big one on my left eye and small ones in both eyes.

The big floater has been around since late last year. I went to a retinal specialist and he diagnosed me with lattice degeneration and suggested laser treatment to prevent retinal detachment. Since I don't have money yet, I decided to put if off until I have saved enough money. However, early this year, I noticed a few "flashes" so I went back. The doctor said there's no retinal tears or detachment but again recommended laser surgery. Now I'm planning to have the laser surgery this month but I would like to have a second opinion first. I'm scared of having things fixed in my precious eyes.

Has anyone been in my situation before? How long did you have it? Will the flashes and floaters go away? Also, I notice that when I go to a dark area from a well-lit area (and vice versa), there seems to be some "shimmering" in my vision. Could it also be a symptom of lattice degeneration?

I would also like to know if laser surgery is really necessary for treating lattice degeneration. It's confusing because some doctors advocate laser treatment for this condition, while others suggest only observation.

I'm 29 years old and highly myopic. I use computers almost everyday for work and business.

Thanks for you help.

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Old 11-29-2011, 01:29 PM   #2
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Re: Flickering vision due to lattice degeneration?

So, this is my first time posting on here after searching on google the following phrase: "flickering vision peripheral vision". I want to write specifically to LOYSKI because I saw that you were having a problem similar to mine. I want to let you know that I, too, was having a problem with flickering vision in my peripheral vision. I went to a nuero-opthomologist and my regular opthomologist--both who said it was not my eyes. I suffer from floaters and my eyes are very sensitive to light, so I thought that the problem was my eyes. When I left the nuero-optho, I wasn't told any information--only that it was not my eyes. So, when I went to see my optho, I refused to leave without SOMETHING. Basically, my optho told me that she thought it could have been a problem with my iron levels, anemia, or some blood-related problem.

I then went to my general doctor. I told him what the optho said. He tested my iron levels, sugar, blood levels, etc. Turns out, I have an iron deficiency and high blood sugar. Not sure if these two are related to one another. Anyway, before getting the blood tests I did not realize I was barely eating any iron. I was pretty much a vegetarian. I also ate a ton of carbs, which turn into sugar if not burned off by exercise. I was barely exercising. I'm not overweight by any means, so it was surprising to me that my sugar levels were high.

I received my blood results 3 days ago. Since then, I have changed my diet to include more iron, and I have cut back A LOT on my sugar in take. I've also been running/exercising for about 45 minutes every morning.

I don't want to jinx anything, but I will say that the problem with my eyes that was once happening has drastically improved. I hate typing this because I am very supersticious, but I want to be able to help people that are having the same problem.

So, if anyone on here is experiencing the same or similar problems, I highly suggest getting a blood test. Have them test your iron levels, blood sugar levels, test for anemia, etc. etc. Have them test for anything! It won't hurt!

I hope this goes through, and I hope that I am able to help some people.


Old 12-27-2011, 02:03 PM   #3
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Blondie84 HB User
Re: Flickering vision due to lattice degeneration?

Lattice is a thinning of the peripheral retina and if you're highly myopic it should be monitored yearly. If you have no obvious tears or holes in the lattice it can be left alone. The symptoms of flickering lights you're experiencing is the tugging of the retina and is not unusual in your case because of your prescription (high myopes = long eyeballs = higher risk of peripheral retinal degenerations as the eyeball grows and stretches the thin retinal tissue).

Ultimately, the laser is up to you. If the flickering lights really bother you and it's affecting you daily then go for it. You won't notice any change in your vision as the laser is performed in the far periphery which doesn't affect your central vision.

I have lattice and it's monitored. I have many floaters and on occasion experience flickering lights.

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