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BellasQuilts
June 29th, 2014, 09:42 PM
We have been moving furniture. I started to see some different floaters in my eye. Then when I turned to look at DH, I was seeing some flashy lights. The kind when you have a migraine, but these are different. Has anyone here experienced this?

ozziepuppy
June 29th, 2014, 09:59 PM
Yes, I have experienced it. I had exactly the same symptoms. I went to the eye doctor a couple of days later. It turned out the that floating debris was there for good (I still see it) and has something to do with "aging." BUT the flashing lights that were associated with its appearance were a VERY bad sign. In my case I did not have a torn retina, but my eye doctor told me that if this EVER EVER happened again I was to call him IMMEDIATELY even if it was the weekend or at night and tell the answering service it was an emergency, because "a matter of hours can make the difference." He was very firm about it and made me promise that I would contact him right away if I ever had those symptoms so that I would not lose my eyesight. Yes, those symptoms could indicate a torn retina and to be safe I think you should contact your eye doctor and ask his/her advice immediately!

Hulamoon
June 29th, 2014, 10:00 PM
I have had floaters. It could just be the stress of lifting heavy stuff and not eating. There are phamplets in the office that you can pick up. I would go in if it happens a lot though.

Kgrammiecaz
June 29th, 2014, 10:10 PM
I have had the same experience and my doctor told me same thing as ozziepuppy's. She said it is the result of aging and could result in loss of eyesight if not caught immediately. I would,check in with your eye doctor.

Pandabear
June 29th, 2014, 10:15 PM
Mine detached. Saw the floaties, then everything in my left eye looked crooked. If I close my right eye, I can't read letters.

I ended up having eye surgery to drain the fluid build up, but it didn't reattach itself. I can read without a problem with both eyes. Just not with the right eye closed.

JCY
June 29th, 2014, 10:23 PM
I have not had a detached retina. I had a nurse friend who did. It is considered a medical emergency. You need to get to your eye dr. ASAP! You may need laser surgery. There are precautions for rest, not bending over, which increases the pressure in the eye, etc. You could probably find a lot of info. on Google. JCY

BellasQuilts
June 29th, 2014, 10:24 PM
Thanks for the responses. I called my BIL. He had a torn retina. He said go see Dr. tomorrow without fail. Got a call in to him and will go to the office without an appt. if need be.

whippetmom
June 29th, 2014, 10:49 PM
If you have to, go SIT in the office until he sees you. Your symptoms do not sound good. Best of luck, keep us informed.

Lilly
June 29th, 2014, 11:15 PM
I had them on a Saturday and really got some interesting colors going on - many different flashes. By the evening I called my doc and he came right to his office and said everything looked ok that he could see with his tools but he had me into the specialist on Monday morning. I got the same info as ozziepuppy. I have been a little nervous when I've left the country but I know I could just call my eye doc day or night and he would find a place for me to go if it happened again. That was about 4 years ago and I still have the floaters but not the fireworks kind. We get old - things wear out. Thank God for good doctors!

Claire OneStitchAtATime
June 29th, 2014, 11:22 PM
Bella, honestly, I wouldn't wait until tomorrow. ER for you, my dear, tonight, in my opinion. Hopefully it is nothing to worry about but as others have said torn retina needs immediate treatment.

BellasQuilts
June 29th, 2014, 11:36 PM
Thanks for the responses. I called my BIL. He had a torn retina. He said go see Dr. tomorrow without fail. Got a call in to him and will go to the office without an appt. if need be.

Sandy Navas
June 29th, 2014, 11:41 PM
Yes, sit there and make a stink if they don't fit you in immediately . . . ask me!!!!!!!

bubba
June 30th, 2014, 12:37 AM
MM has had a torn retina and also a partially detached one. Both should be seen to immediately. He had surgery for both and hopefully it won't happen again. He sees the eye doctor every three months and can even call and be seen within a couple hours........That is how special he is!

Suzyq
June 30th, 2014, 01:14 AM
I had a torn retina in my right eye which the surgeon only needed to lazer, however I lost all sight in my left eye due,to a detachment. Run don't walk...to emerg. if it's tearing and detaching, every min counts. I'd give anything to have my sight back as my life has been forever changed. Keep us posted on how you do...

WendyI
June 30th, 2014, 01:21 AM
I worked at one of two schools of optometry in Canada and while I am in no way an expert I typed enough papers for faculty members that I know this is serious...this is NOT something you wait on. You should be going to the ER stat. Hopefully you are already on your way. Waiting could mean the loss of vision in that eye or permanent damage at the least.

maxwellthecat
June 30th, 2014, 02:22 AM
I was at the eye doctor the other day and my vision is blurred. He told me I have a cataract in both eyes. He said he wants to do 2 tests on me and one of the test is about the retina. I am really nervous. You really should see the doctor right away

stationarymom
June 30th, 2014, 02:52 AM
I have no experience with this I just want to wish you luck.

rebeccas-sewing
June 30th, 2014, 05:27 AM
Go now! Don't wait! You may regret it if you don't get it looked at pronto! Your eyes are nothing to mess around with. My mother's life was forever changed due to glaucoma that wasn't treated soon enough.

BellasQuilts
June 30th, 2014, 11:47 PM
Okay, results are in from the opthamologist. No torn retina. Seems that when you are young, the fluid in your eye is like jello. As you age it gets more liquidy. As this happens, the "gel" can peel off the retina. The peeling is what causes the sudden flashes. No cure, no surgery, it's just age. Heck fire darn it. So, I won't go blind, my vision is coming back after having an extremely bright light in my eye today, and it could happen to the other eye. Sigh. Getting old ain't for wienies....

Kgrammiecaz
July 1st, 2014, 12:09 AM
Okay, results are in from the opthamologist. No torn retina. Seems that when you are young, the fluid in your eye is like jello. As you age it gets more liquidy. As this happens, the "gel" can peel off the retina. The peeling is what causes the sudden flashes. No cure, no surgery, it's just age. Heck fire darn it. So, I won't go blind, my vision is coming back after having an extremely bright light in my eye today, and it could happen to the other eye. Sigh. Getting old ain't for wienies....

So glad you went. At least you know. I hate the bluriness no matter how could my eyeglass script is. I have to wait to have cataract surgery than it will be better.

Claire OneStitchAtATime
July 1st, 2014, 12:21 AM
Okay, results are in from the opthamologist. No torn retina. Seems that when you are young, the fluid in your eye is like jello. As you age it gets more liquidy. As this happens, the "gel" can peel off the retina. The peeling is what causes the sudden flashes. No cure, no surgery, it's just age. Heck fire darn it. So, I won't go blind, my vision is coming back after having an extremely bright light in my eye today, and it could happen to the other eye. Sigh. Getting old ain't for wienies....

So glad this isn't a big deal. Yay!

Leah53
July 1st, 2014, 02:56 AM
I haven't had a torn retina but I had cataract surgery in my left eye last July and now I have a great big floater there, I can see fine but it's incredibly annoying, makes me not in a big hurry to have the other one done. I had the flashing when I looked to the left in an almost darkened room so I went to the eye doctor immediately, she will keep a check on it.

Every time I have surgery, twice now, I end up with something odd, a few years ago I had my gall bladder out, now I have a incisional hernia the size of a tennis ball and now the floater after eye surgery, maybe no more surgeries for me.

Sandy Navas
July 1st, 2014, 10:03 AM
Megan, so glad that other than the 'normal' aging, that you're gonna be okay!.

ozziepuppy
July 1st, 2014, 02:11 PM
Glad it worked out OK. Your story seems to be very similar to mine. Frustrating, but at least it was not torn and did not detach!

WendyI
July 1st, 2014, 10:09 PM
so glad it was nothing serious. My boss lost her eye waiting around for something to clear up and had to have a glass eye. Never mess with your eyeballs! Ya getting old stinks! LOL!

whippetmom
July 1st, 2014, 11:08 PM
I am glad it all came out fine, getting old sucks I agree. The doctor informed me I have a "baby cataract", yuk. I will not have any surgery until I absolutely have to, but he says it all comes with age and they just really start worrying about eye pressure and all.

BellasQuilts
July 1st, 2014, 11:18 PM
Thank you all for the comments. Yes, I was a bit scared, no a lot scared, that I would need surgery. I have worn glasses since 2nd grade, so my eyes are very dear to me!