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flashers, floaters, and more

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • October 26, 2006
  • 03:32 PM

For the past year or so I've noticed more and more flashers and floaters in my vision. There's almost always floaters in my vision and I get one or two flashers a day now. Most websites I go to say it's common to get more floaters and stuff as you age, but I'm only 19, so I'm wondering if that's normal. My eyes are also sensitive to light and I sometimes feel pressure in my eyes, but I've been tested for gloucoma and that came back negitive. I'm near-sighted if that helps. Is this normal, or should I be worried?

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  • I had similar symptoms when I was 19 (two years ago). I got my eyes checked and they claimed there was nothing wrong, so I went to my GP. He sent me to an ENT. I actually had pretty bad sinusitis that was causing the pressure on my eyes and distorting my vision. Could be a possibility.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 3, 2006
    • 04:38 AM
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  • Flashes of light, floaters and such are symptoms of retinal problems. I was 19 or 20 when I was diagnosed with an optic pit.. hole in the optic nerve, this was leaking fluid which eventually would threaten my retina to detach, I had surgery this summer, not a picnic... take care of your eyes now while you are still young. I am only 42 and wish I would have done something years ago before my eye got so bad I had to have surgery. Go to a Retinal specialist and get the pictures of the retina and whatever test they recommend. it could save your vision. The more nearsighted you are, the more at risk you are for retina problems.
    laura26 6 Replies
    • November 11, 2006
    • 06:55 AM
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  • I don't know if it means anything, but I just blew my nose earlier and I had about 10 flashers (they looked like moving lines of light) moving around in my vision for about 30 seconds.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 13, 2006
    • 02:34 PM
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  • Could have been something to do with applying pressure near the eyes while you blew the nose.
    xiller06 5 Replies
    • December 7, 2006
    • 01:20 AM
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  • Could also be from Lyme disease or a gland problem. If there is a pattern to the flashes, they could be "aura" migraines , they can happen with or without pain. Good Luck
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 16, 2007
    • 01:05 PM
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  • I agree it could be a retinal detachmnent. This is not normal for a 19 year old. See a specialist. They need to dilate your eyes and see whats going on. Now if you were 60 and very near sighted the diagnosis might be a Vitreous Tear. At any rate see a eye specialist. Newfie 11
    newfie11 5 Replies
    • January 24, 2007
    • 02:41 PM
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  • I have floaters in both eyes which are very very annoying is that are directly in my field of vision 24/7. They are particularly bad when I go outdoors, as all I can see are these black and transparent stringy things and dots swimming about. I can also see them when i look at a light background or when I look at the monitor and they just don't go away.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 13, 2007
    • 07:30 PM
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  • I have floaters in both eyes which are very very annoying is that are directly in my field of vision 24/7. They are particularly bad when I go outdoors, as all I can see are these black and transparent stringy things and dots swimming about. I can also see them when i look at a light background or when I look at the monitor and they just don't go away.I have the same thing and always have ever since I found out that I needed corrective lenses. I always thought it was due to that fact. I was told it is because I do not have perfect vision and that it's normal to see them sometimes. I know they bother me sometimes to as they keep moving with my eye movement and its very annoying. But I thought that happens when your eyesight isnt perfect. 20/20. now tell me if I am wrong because I swear an eye doc told me that years ago when I was worried about it when I was like 11 or so.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 19, 2007
    • 05:35 PM
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  • I'm replying to the message from kammy25. I was amazed when I read this because it's exactly the problem I have and it's causing me much grief. It's not until you experience this that you know how difficult it is. I first got floaters when I was aged 17 some days after being hit hard across my right temple. I've coped with these for 26 years until last year after turning 43 when I experienced a large increase: they're there 24/7 and, yes, at their worst outside especially on brighter days and when looking at plain, light walls. I have very many dark grey spots and 'bendy' tubes or 'pipes' in BOTH eyes which NEVER disappear. Can anyone help us please?
    Peter500 1 Replies
    • February 21, 2007
    • 02:50 PM
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  • Does any one know who is the specialist than can diagnosed floaters? I seem to have those symptoms and would want a professional to verify.
    sitopons 1 Replies
    • February 25, 2007
    • 04:37 AM
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  • Your regular optomolgist can verify floaters. He/she will send you to a specialist if he deems so.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 28, 2007
    • 07:40 PM
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  • ophthalmologists can diagnose this problem and refer you to a retinologist (an ophthalmologist who specializes in the Vitreous and Retina) if there is any problem.
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  • hi lupin, You didn't say if you wear contact lenses or glasses. I used to get alot of flashes of light in my periferal vision. MD said I was wearing my contacts too long and my eyes were swollen and caused the shape to change and caused what he termed as retinal tugging or pulling on the retina. that caused the light flashes. He said no more contacts and if I was having alot of flashes I should come right in to see him. It could be a tear or detachment of the retina and that the sooner a repair is made the better the chance of success to restore sight. I say run don't walk to the MD if you are having that many flashes. Any age is too young to be blind. your vision is precious . You need to protect your eyes . Of all our senses our vision is the most vunerable and fragile.HOKEY
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  • I'm 26 and have been experiencing flashers and floaters for over a year now. Like others have mentioned, they're pretty much constant. I've since been to two retina specialists, both of which did a dilated retinal exam, and I've had a consult with a neurologist, a CT scan, an MRI, and an EEG. Everything came back normal. The retina specialists said my eyes look completely healthy. The best explanation they could give me is that the vitreous gel in the eyes can solidify as one gets older and this can tug on the retina, causing flashers and floaters.In other words, these things are not always indicative of a serious problem, but they should be checked out. Retinal tears can be easily fixed if caught early enough, but if you wait too long, you could lose sight in the affected eye. As for me, I'm still trying to learn to ignore these visual aberrations, but it still causes a great deal of anxiety and uncertainty, despite having a clean bill of health as far as modern medicine can determine.Good luck to you all.
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  • My girlfriend suffered from the same problems and every doctor (2 visits to one optometrist, 1 ER visit, 1 Ophalmologist) we went to said there was nothing wrong and that it was normal... while adding all the stuff about the gel solidifying but fortunately, she didn't believe them and went to a new optometrist.She was able to diagnose Uveitis, a very very rare eye condition that results in any or all of the following: Floaters, Flashes, Eye Pain, Increased Eye Pressure and Redness.To add insult to injury, she directed us to another ER at one of the bigger Toronto Hospitals where we were told there was nothing wrong even though the guy was given something specific to look for. Luckily, he agreed to refer her to the opthalmology clinic the next morning where she finally got confirmation and a prescription for treatment. We're currently hoping there is no long term scarring and that the neglect from the previous physicians doesn't result in loss of vision but Uveitis is a serious disease that can often lead to blindness, especially if not treated.That being said, make sure to ask about this the next your told it's nothing. We were sure it was a retinal tear and we think that opinion may have lead the doctors to misdiagnose the condition as they were only looking for a tear.Good Luck
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  • Hi, just thought I would reply to this because I also developed a floater and mild eye flashes after blowing my nose to hard, so I thought, when I told one of my sister's about this floater she told me that I was Diabetic, I thought she was talking crazy because I had just took a CBC, and my Glucose reading was normal. Low and behold two month later my Glucose reading was abnormal, it went from 92 to 108, and as of today it is getting higher, something like 183 which it has never been before. The Ophthalmologist told me the same thing as other's have stated, for me not to worry, that everything was ok, that I was not diabetic. I thought this would be helpful so you can be on the look out for some type of medical condition that is forming.
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  • i am only 17 and i c flshing spots many times a day and i c movingblue light that swirls in circles at night everytime. What is it? can anyone tell me?
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  • A large amount of flashers and floaters is a sign that you need to go see a retinal specialist or opthamologist ASAP. You might be fine but it is also a sign of a possible retinal tear. I was diagnosed with Uveitis when I was 20 and have been dealing with it for the past five years.
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  • There is a surgery to correct floaters. I have many in both eyes. They first appeared at 18 right before joing the Army. Over the years they have increased. I sometimes take an "inventory" and check for new ones. I recently talked to an eye surgeon about a "vitrectomy", the sugery to remove the vitreous fluid and replace it with synthetic fluid. He said he DID NOT want to operate on otherwise healthly eyes. The rest of my eyes other than the vitreous is 100% in check. This surgery can cause retinal detatchment and cataracts. He said has treated older folks, like 60's to 80's who had them so bad that their vision was actually obstructed. Mine is not, its just at a very annoying point right now. Its about $10,000 per eye, and one at a time is done. Recovery is a risky 2 weeks for damage. There si another procedure that uses a laser to break up large floaters. It is not recomended though. It may cause what I think is called "asteroiditis." This is many small floaters caused by the breakng up of one large one.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 3, 2007
    • 01:38 AM
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  • You only get them twice a day? Lucky you =] I'm fourteen. I started getting a lot more floaters when I was thirteen at the beginning of o7. The optometrist and doctors say it's normal. Not too convinced, but I've learnt to ignore them because, if i didn't, they interfere with everything i did.I've just acquired a new type of floater lolz and i was petrified when this first happened and starting shaking/ crying. It's going to take me somet ime to get used to this one.I have 20/20 vision. Floaters have nothing to do with how good your vision is, though, i don't think.I also get migraines. I'm trying to find out whether there's any link between the two.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 25, 2007
    • 02:21 PM
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