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Old 01-04-2008, 06:20 AM
 
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[quote=goldenmom7500;2406414]Hi,

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I also once had "blurry orbs" that broke out in my eyes, preventing me from seeing. It was a hot day and I was outside at a birthday party. I presumed it was an atypical migraine (at the time, this would have been my 2nd). Like I said, they were these circles, each one blurry. So I wasn't completely blind, I just couldn't see through the blurry patches.

Wow...this is exactly what I seem to have...were they floaters? Did theygo away with time? I have trouble seeing through them and there are quite a number..
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Old 01-04-2008, 10:33 AM
 
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Hi,

I attributed this to migraine, but fairly atypical. I had had my first migraine about 3-6 months before this happened, and that had been very typical, with my vision sort of cascading on both sides. The day I had the outbreak of blurry orbs, I was hungry, had consumed too much caffeine, and was sort of stressed about something (just silliness, I wasn't sure if a friend of mine I wasn't getting along with would be at the birthday party). It was also 105 degrees.

It has never happened again, although I did later develop chronic migraines in only one eye. When the migraines start, the eye gets blurry, but I never let it progress (now).

So you could consider, in addition to your eye doctors, consulting a neurologist. If you want to do some internet searches, this (for me) is migraine "with aura". Some migraines don't have the visual disturbance ("aura"). You can also have the visual disturbance without all of the classic migraine symptoms.

But it could also be other things, so be sure to get some eye consults too. (I have an opthalmologist, with additional training in glaucoma and a retinal specialist).
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Old 01-04-2008, 10:37 AM
 
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I have a floater right now and was searching CD for discussion on this. Am surprised to see (although through said floater) this recent discussion.

Every few years I get them daily for a couple weeks, they go away for a few years and then come right back. I am a barometer for my body; and I'm not doing anything different than I ever do, no stress, changes in food, etc.

My floaters are "C" shaped, very psychedelic and graphic, pass and expand from left to right over my field of vision, and I always get a headache afterward.

I've read plenty online about them, even found drawings of the exact floaters I get, but have yet to find the possible cause.
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Old 01-04-2008, 10:49 AM
 
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There is a substance inside your eye called vitreous. Sometimes this vitreous separates and "floaters" start dancing around. You may see lights flashing when you bend down and come back up or make a sudden move with you head. They are usually not dangerous UNLESS you see a curtain coming down on the side, or you lose vision completely, suddenly.

I was thinking if it could be a pterygium? Or several? Is the spot near the pupil?

But you say you saw the ophthalmologist and that the retina is OK and I'm sure he would have known a pterygium from a floater.

If you saw a general ophthalmologist, try to find a retina specialist - just in case.
Good advice here. I had some similar issues this year. My optometrist was poised to refer me to a retinal specialist but the problem resolved itself. One thing I did learn was that if a floater is large enough, they do have some type of technology that a specialist can use to laser it with. This, if successful, can blast the larger floater into smaller pieces that aren't so noticeable. My optometist's only hesitancy about the procedure is that he says frequently it's not that successful. He did tell me, however, that sometimes large floaters will improve on their own, but I understand that may take a period of several months perhaps before they do. I had one that improved. I think it took 3-4 months before I noticed any improvement.
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Old 01-04-2008, 11:28 AM
 
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I have a floater right now and was searching CD for discussion on this. Am surprised to see (although through said floater) this recent discussion.

Every few years I get them daily for a couple weeks, they go away for a few years and then come right back. I am a barometer for my body; and I'm not doing anything different than I ever do, no stress, changes in food, etc.

My floaters are "C" shaped, very psychedelic and graphic, pass and expand from left to right over my field of vision, and I always get a headache afterward.

I've read plenty online about them, even found drawings of the exact floaters I get, but have yet to find the possible cause.
I guess you mentioned "every few years" ... but I was going to say that with things like this, you could also consider your monthly cycle. [You are female right? My user id makes it sooo obvious ].
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Old 01-04-2008, 01:15 PM
 
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Good advice here. I had some similar issues this year. My optometrist was poised to refer me to a retinal specialist but the problem resolved itself. One thing I did learn was that if a floater is large enough, they do have some type of technology that a specialist can use to laser it with. This, if successful, can blast the larger floater into smaller pieces that aren't so noticeable. My optometist's only hesitancy about the procedure is that he says frequently it's not that successful. He did tell me, however, that sometimes large floaters will improve on their own, but I understand that may take a period of several months perhaps before they do. I had one that improved. I think it took 3-4 months before I noticed any improvement.
I havent seen any improvement but its only been a week. Mine is so weird in that its a bunch of blobs that are always in the same exact spot after i blink. Noticed something today. When i am in the bright sun, they completely go away (or I see through them) in a normal or dim light I get the cloudy vision with blocked area. I think a retina specialist is in order.
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Old 01-04-2008, 01:25 PM
 
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I havent seen any improvement but its only been a week. Mine is so weird in that its a bunch of blobs that are always in the same exact spot after i blink. Noticed something today. When i am in the bright sun, they completely go away (or I see through them) in a normal or dim light I get the cloudy vision with blocked area. I think a retina specialist is in order.
You'll want to find a board certifed ophthalmologist with sub-specialty retina fellowship training/experience.

Where are you located?
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Old 01-04-2008, 01:30 PM
 
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You'll want to find a board certifed ophthalmologist with sub-specialty retina fellowship training/experience.

Where are you located?
Charlotte Nortrh Carolina
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Old 01-04-2008, 01:33 PM
 
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Charlotte Nortrh Carolina
Any way you can get over to Durham or Raleigh? I could give you some people over there. I can check Charlotte also.

Look for a University, with a Department of Ophthalmology, teaching physician setting if possible. If not, find one locally who has the fellowship training from a well-known ophthalmology program.
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Old 01-04-2008, 01:35 PM
 
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I have had floaters forever now. I have read up on them and it says that they usually go away after time. If they do not, however, then they could be early warning signs of cataracts and should be checked by a doctor. Although this will probably be of no help since it seems most people have thoroughly contributed with great info, I thought I would share. I have not gotten mine checked out yet. They sure are annoying little buggers though!
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