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entoptic phenomena

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • November 19, 2006
  • 05:52 AM

Hi, i recently visited an opthamologist. and for almost 9 years i have had what seems to be floaters. Back when i first started noticing them, i described them to my pediatrician like this: In both eyes, in the upper left corner there are black spots that i can visually see when i move my eyes. They seem to follow the direction that I move my eyes in. Also, when i focus my eyes on a bright area like a white wall or against the sky, i see these black spot more clearly, along with shooting white dots that seem to hover around. If i focus very hard, i can actually see cell like dots and squigly lines in and around the black spots. When i described all of these symptoms to my pediatrician, he told me that i probably had floaters and they would go away after a while. That was almost nine years ago. Just a few weeks ago, i visited an opthamologist for some symptomatic vision problems that i have been having. These symptoms started last summer. They come and go over two to three week periods. They are characterized by blurry vision especially at night, an increased sensitivity to light, and flashes of light in my peripheral vision. Aside from asking him to investigate these symptoms, i asked him to check for the "floaters" that i described earlier. The doctor could not determine the reason for the symptomatic vision problems and also said he saw no floaters i my eyes. He told me that the "floaters" i see might be some kind of entoptic phenomena. Since that visit, ive also noticed an increase in the number of flashes. Could you please offer some insight into what might be going on?

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  • I have exactly the same symptoms and was told I have posterior detachment of the vitreo of both eyes and that there is no treatment.I do not have a prognosis but it is worrying, especially at night when I strain to see the computer screen or read a book. Otherwise I do not need specs. other than for reaidng and my eyesight is good. I am hoping it will settle down. If I can find out any more, I will let you know. Dorothy
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    • November 19, 2006
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