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Seeing spots and "stars"

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  • Posted By: crisamaria
  • June 5, 2008
  • 05:51 AM

I'm new here and I am not sure whether I should put this here or on another board of the forum. Bear with me. I'm 27 and I've been seeing spots floating through my vision in both eyes for the past couple of months. This sometimes includes what appear to be tiny sparkles or stars. I've also had pain that feels like it is coming from behind my eyeballs and an itching sensation occasionally. I thought it might be retinal detachment from everything I found about the symptoms online, and my general physician agreed. She told me to see an ophthalmologist, though she didn't look at my eyes herself. I saw an optometrist the next day and he also recommended seeing an ophthalmologist. He said he wouldn't examine me until I saw one. Well today I saw the ophthalmologist and he looked at me like I was insane, did a quick examination and told me there was nothing at all wrong with my eyes. This is really upsetting to me because I see these floaters almost all the time, especially in bright settings. The uncomfortable sensation in my eyes can't mean that "nothing is wrong," right? I was hoping to finally get a diagnosis today so I could start doing something to help the problem.
In case it is related, I also have severe near-sightedness and astigmatism in both eyes. I'm not even sure what sort of doctor to see next.

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