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  • #31
    I have experienced this a number of times over a period of about 20 years or so. Mostly pretty mild and I did not even know how to describe it. It is apparently associated with migraine headaches in some people and I am thankful that I have not actually had a headache in more years than I can remember. I also had a scary experience where everything in my vision appeared to move back and forth horizontally. The ER doctor was not able to diagnose it and it has not happened again. It was not an eye movement so was apparently a neurological problem.
    Originally posted by sandiapaul View Post
    "Another phenomenon touched upon in the posts is the optic migraine. Originating in the brain rather than the eye, for me it starts as a patch of sparkling light off to one side. It then grows to a sparkling ring surrounding a dark spot. During my worst event, it expanded to block the entire right half of my vision in both eyes. Made it real hard to drive, but subsided in about three quarters of an hour. "

    WOW!, This is exactly what happens to me too, but NO ONE including doctors has ever heard of it. Mine actually sound a bit worse, they last more like 2-3 hours and I can't rally see anything when it happens. There is no real pain, my head feels a bot odd but not a super headache or anything. I get them maybe 4-5 times a year.

    I guess its nice to know I'm not alone with this. Thanks for posting this Weston.

    Paul
    Don Young

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    • #32
      OT- WTFlux, My family and friends tried to convince me to take pills.
      Turns out I am just a genius with aspergers syndrone and I just see
      things more logically than most people, which tends to piss them off.
      Logic suits me full well. No pills for me. My world is a wondrous place!

      --D
      DZER

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      • #33
        Originally posted by Weston Bye View Post
        Another phenomenon touched upon in the posts is the optic migraine. Originating in the brain rather than the eye, for me it starts as a patch of sparkling light off to one side. It then grows to a sparkling ring surrounding a dark spot. During my worst event, it expanded to block the entire right half of my vision in both eyes. Made it real hard to drive, but subsided in about three quarters of an hour.
        Boy Weston, I share both the floaters and the optical migraines with you and very similar results
        Mine got quite large in the center of vision so you can't drive or read or ...anything.
        What I did find was some relationship to MSG...so I don't overdue the Chinese food
        Rich
        Green Bay, WI

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        • #34
          Bananas are more dangerous than MSG:



          I am a rather strong environmentalist, so I don't agree with all of what he says, but then again I do believe that there is some real crazy extremism among some "Greenies".
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          Paul , P S Technology, Inc. and MrTibbs
          USA Maryland 21030

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          • #35
            David, I'd strongly suggest you to see a good ophtalmologist or even retina specialist as soon as possible. There is a chance it may require treatment. In some cases (retinal detachment), very early treatment is often extremely beneficial and prevents very serious problems.

            ERs are not designed for good ophalmologic diagnostics, esp. if you were not examined by an ophtalmologist.

            Good luck and keep us updated.
            Last edited by MichaelP; 01-11-2014, 12:31 AM.
            Mike
            WI/IL border, USA

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            • #36
              I have flashes of light that I see on the outside corner of my eyes, always seems to be momentary but from up going down. Usually the right eye but sometimes the left and sometimes both at the same time. First time it happened, it was at night, I was at the computer, and there was a window to my left. Fortunately it was happening in the right eye, otherwise I would have been convinced someone was outside shining a flashlight into the window.

              Been going on for several years and have mentioned it at eye exams- last year the eye doctor sent me to a specialist that did some extensive testing on my eyes, results indicated everything is normal for my age. I believe the specialist said the flashes were probably ocular migraines. I don't have any other symptoms with them.

              Not troublesome, just another addition to the "at that age" list!

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              • #37
                Originally posted by Doozer View Post
                OT- WTFlux, My family and friends tried to convince me to take pills.
                Turns out I am just a genius with aspergers syndrone and I just see
                things more logically than most people, which tends to piss them off.
                Logic suits me full well. No pills for me. My world is a wondrous place!

                --D
                Same here. I decided that people either accept me as is or I don't make time for them. I'm not changing to conform or fit in, took me 30 of my years to learn that.

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                • #38
                  I knew it! I knew it!
                  There are other geniuses on here besides me!
                  I could tell.
                  Hooray!
                  Bill
                  I cut it off twice and it's still too short!

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                  • #39
                    I believe most if not all of us have some kind of floaters that are not a problem. Most won't notice them unless they "look" for them. I think they are from embryonic fluid when we are being "assembled" in the womb.
                    I have a recent floater which I'm told is a result of a layer of "material" falling away and is expected to eventually settle out of the sight path. I thought I had a chip in the eye and had it looked at by an eye Dr. In the meantime it is annoying and distracting. It has been at least four/five months since it became an obvious issue in my right eye. It has lessened or I have become accustomed to it and is not so bad as once it was.
                    But you really need to have an eye specialist look at your eyes. Any of us giving advise from our experience may not be in your best interests. There are many things it could be a sign of that we don't have the knowledge of to make you just ignore your problem. Have a professional take a look.
                    Krutch


                    Mentally confused and prone to wandering!

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                    • #40
                      There are half a dozen things that can cause floaters, most of which have been mentioned already. Good job guys!

                      Most are harmless. Some become less noticeable over time (pvd's). Some get worse over time. Some are signs of impending disaster, like retinal detachment. Some are treatable, some are not.

                      If it's the kind that's treatable, it's called a vitrectomy, and it's damned invasive. It also brings along its own risks. Here, you can go watch one:

                      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JJ-BK9cKJ4w


                      If anybody gets new floaters, or more floaters, go see an eye doctor. Don't wait a week.

                      Yes, I'm an eye doctor.


                      Finest regards,

                      doug

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                      • #41
                        My youngest brother suffered from "floaters". But the ophthalmologist said they were the result of his diabetes. He once told me he had a difficult time detecting red traffic lights because the fluid inside his eyes was tinted with blood....probably from the same source. Of course, he had problems with his extremities and liver failure before God decided to call him home. He lived to be 45 years old.
                        No good deed goes unpunished.

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                        • #42
                          Have quite a few floaters in both eyes. They bother me the most when I'm using a microscope....

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                          • #43
                            In the '80s, if you described floaters around people who did not see floaters someone would chant the mantra of the 80's, "Oh my God he must be on druuuuggs"

                            an explanation by a known sober, erudite and articulate individual would not stop the chanting of the mantra.

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                            • #44
                              I get that optic migraine thing too.
                              Starts on the left and progresses across as a loop till I can't see decently.
                              Was also told nothing can be done. Happened twice in one day, usually a month or so between.

                              I find if I stop and take two aspirin and sit quietly in a dark area it goes away within 10 or 15 minutes.
                              Guaranteed not to rust, bust, collect dust, bend, chip, crack or peel

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                              • #45
                                I got floaters about 20 years ago after getting hit in the eye in a karate class. It was really annoying for a while, but I got used to it.

                                Of course, my glasses are about 10 years old now, so it's hard to tell if I am seeing floaters or just scratches on the glasses.

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