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Strange Eye Symptom

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • January 26, 2008
  • 03:17 AM

A couple of years ago I was sitting in a dimly lit restaurant and had the sensation that the AC was intermittently fogging the left lens of my glasses. However, this visual effect was in one of my eyes.
When I rotate my eyes back and forth across my field of vision, at a predictable place I experience a more or less vertical pillar of haze or fog. It is stationary and I pass through it quickly and it disappears until I rotate my eyes back in the other direction...then, bang, I go through it again.
I experience this as a kind of flash. It happens every time I scan from side to side. It seems to be a left eye phenomenon.
This effect is particularly prominent when I am looking at something brighter than the general environment, such as when I am inside and look out a window or at a lamp in the house.
My opthamologist said whatever the problem is, it is not in "the seeing part of the eye." It must be something behind the eyes, he said.
I went to a well known retina specialist. He was a very distinguished, gray-headed man. When he came into the room, I thought, Oh, good. This man has seen many thousands of people in his career. Surely he has seen what I have more than once.
When I told him the symptoms, amazingly he said, "I have never heard of such a thing." He then proceeded to give me a little talk about how what people see is very subjective, etc. But what I am experiencing is not subjective.
I left feeling like he had tried to make my symptom out to be a psychosomatic issue...and also that I had wasted a lot of money. So much for science!
Do any of you know (of) anyone who has experienced this kind of thing? I know many people have 'floaters' and loose material in their eyes. This is different. This is a stationary "flash." I can see it anytime I pay attention to it. It does not bother me a lot...except for the mystery of what it is...and the thought that I may have something wrong in my brain, a tumor, etc., that no one has diagnosed.
Any ideas appreciated. Many thanks.

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