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AdaH  Friend of PR
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Date: 1/30/12 8:53 PM

I checked the web for information on floaters and found a lot
I think the following paragraph sums it up rather well:

Specks in front of the eyes are normally clearly visible when looking into a light background. However, if they start becoming visible in every background, suddenly increase in number and are accompanied by any loss of vision, it is vital that immediate medical advice is sought. This could be an early sign of retinal detachment.

If the retina has become detached or has a hole in it, you will begin to experience flashing lights before your eyes and you will also be aware of numerous floaters. These two symptoms will be accompanied by a loss of vision, so urgent medical advice is necessary. Surgery is required to seal any holes in the retina, or to re-attach the retina to the back of the eyeball.

I don't have any of the serious symptoms so don't think I need to go to the eye doctor. (I was just there a couple weeks ago and everything was fine)

I have had them before but the one that showed up few days ago is really annoying. Probably because it is bigger than any I have had in the past.
Just wondering what others have experienced?


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Date: 1/30/12 9:14 PM

Well I will say that I wouldn't take any chances. If this seems different than usual have it checked. A cousin of mine is a retinal surgeon and he says being seen right away can make all the difference.

I've had floaters for years. They haven't really changed in any way that I notice, so they don't really cause problems.

Hope yours are just the usual boring stuff!


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Date: 1/30/12 9:35 PM

By all means go to your eye specialist. Give your professional the chance to make the determination.

Perhaps this would be a good rule of thumb. If it bothers you enough to ask about it on PR, then you should see your health care professional.

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Date: 1/30/12 9:48 PM

I've had floaters all my life. Now that I'm over 50 y/o, I seem to have more.

If you see the flashes of bright light, run---don't walk, to an eye doctor. My DH had those and it turned out to be something benign and normal for our age. The other type diagnosis can be terrible and if not treated immediately, is disastrous. I have a neighbor who ignored her bright flashing lights, it was the bad type, and she's practically blind in that eye now.

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Date: 1/30/12 10:39 PM

As mandolin says, if it is new and different, get back to the doc soonest.

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Date: 1/30/12 10:46 PM

If it is different in a significant way, see your eye doctor ASAP.

I have floaters plus I am subject to what my opthamologist calls "flashing" migraines. I have an annual eye exam because of these conditions existing at times simulataneously. Her cautionary advice was "if you experience anything significantly different from what you would now call normal, call me immediately".

FWIW, my mom had the bad kind of flashers and it was caught in time. Laser eye surgery is amazing (even back then) and it was such a simple procedure with minimal after effects.

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Date: 1/31/12 2:56 AM

Ada, I don't know how fast these things happen and you said that you had seen your doctor recently, but frankly, I wouldn't chance it; I would see the doctor.

During a regular exam the doctor discovered that my retina was almost completely detached! When I returned for a follow-up exam, it had attached itself. I've posted about this before and I still can't believe that it did that as I didn't know that that could happen. I thought once it was detaching, that was it.

So, it might be nothing; it might be something. Have it checked out, Ada.

I have not yet begun to procrastinate

Update: soon I will decide when I will begin procrastinating.

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Date: 1/31/12 3:44 AM

I have degenerative eye disease, and only with preventative care have I managed to slow it down to where my sight hasn't changed in 10 years. One day, it will bite me in the hiney, but for now I am grateful that I can see every day that I can, since I have a good chance of going blind.

I get floaters, too. Last year (I'm due for an exam in a couple of months), my opt. chalked it up to hormones, since I was pregnant. After having her, they went away, although I was pre-menopausal before I got pregnant when the floaters started a couple of years ago. I expect they will come back when my hormones settle down as it is. It is also a side effect for me of my astigmatism in one eye, since it's the only eye that has them.

It is not always a cause for concern (mine aren't on that score), but I seriously would keep an eye on it. Sight is so precious that I wouldn't take a risk in any way with it.

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Date: 1/31/12 10:07 AM

I have always had floaters as well, and in the past few years have had *vitreous* detachments in each eye. That is where there are flashes of bright lights and a sudden increase in the size and types of floaters. The first time it happened, it was so sudden and startling, I thought I must be having a stroke. Quick trips to the ER, ophthalmologist and retinal specialist confirmed that everything was ok and I wasn't having a retinal detachment or a stroke.

It is totally amazing to me that they don't mention this in first aid classes because it is so recognizable and so easy to fix if caught immediately. I have actually known all my life that being as near sighted as I am makes me a prime candidate for a detached retina, but I don't think I ever knew what the symptoms were. The rules are simple and clear:

- if you have sudden increases in your floaters and flashes of light, possibly with spider web-like lines in your vision. Go quickly to the ER and get it checked. They will put you through the line up immediately as this is what they call an "emergent eye."

- if you lose vision in one or both eyes like a curtain coming down or across your vision, go IMMEDIATELY! This is likely a retinal detachment and they can fix it if you act quickly.

A friend (irritatingly, some time after I started telling everyone these rules) waited a few days after his symptoms showed up (note - a male... ) Luckily, they saved his vision, but he had to sleep sitting up for a week after the repair.

------ to follow the progress on my next ballgown.


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Date: 1/31/12 3:49 PM

Undetected Type II Diabetes often causes changes in the eyes. You need to see a good ophthalmologist for a baseline check (it could be nothing severe) and follow up as prescribed.

The eyes are the "window" to your overall health.

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