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  • Posted By: ammonite
  • May 6, 2008
  • 03:30 AM

I have had now for about two years a area of complete darkness in varying sizes in the center of my vision. This is not a floater it does not move unless I move my eyes. My left eye (dominant) always has a bigger spot sometimes it seems the size of a thumb print sometimes bigger.
In the AM it is usually pitch black and lets no light through but for two tiny pin holes in the left side I can tell when I try to look at my arlarm clock and old orange glowing type standing about 2 feet from the bottom of my bed. Should I get up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom the spot stays but lightens to a grey after a half a min or so but as soon as I lay down in the darkened room it is black again. After I get up for the day it is gone usually after a few min. But if I stay laying in bed it stays. I have tried to find a rythm or some pattern of my bahavior and the spots I cannot come to an answer. Eye doctor, internist, neurologist none can come to any answer.
there have been days even a few weeks where I had no black spot, BUT
my trouble being able to see in dusk or darkness has increased. When I take the dogs out at night for a last run in the garden I have a hard time keeping track of them since the center of my vision is considerable darker then the outside. This area though is much larger then my black spots ever are upon waking.
If any body can shed light on this (no pun intended ) I would be grateful.
thanks,
Ammonite.-

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  • I'm not a doctor, but it sounds like some sort of deteriorating condition within the cornea. There are many diseases of the cornea or injuries that may result in this, but I would start with going to an eye specialist in your community, not just a regular eye doctor. I have glaucoma, which is much the opposite. Please get help as quickly as possible, as it could prevent you from losing your sight completely.
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  • I'm so sorry to hear about what you are going through. Most of my thoughts are common problems and have probably already been ruled out by your physicians. I've also tried to list a couple of conditions that are not as common (and not "neurological" in origin) that your optometrist, neurologist, and internist may not have considered. Common:1. Optic neuritis2. Diabetic retinopathy (only if you are diabetic; since you did not mention it I am assuming you are not)3. Retinal detachment Not as Common:1. Hyperviscosity2. Cardiac Emboli / blood clot3. TIA and Carotid Occlusive disease4. Spasms (vascular) In general if your eye and neurological health have not resulted in any clinical findings, you may want to look into speaking to another specialist (such as a cariologist) to rule out other potential origins. Best of luck!
    GD2005 61 Replies Flag this Response
  • Has your optometrist run and OCT? It would detect any swelling at the center of the retina....the macula. It could be that you have cystoid macular edema or central serous macular edema. An OCT would rule these out or confirm them. It is a scanning laser that detects tissue thicknesses of the retina. Not all optometrists/ophthalmologists have one due to cost, but if you call your optometrist they should be able to figure out who has one. You will want to get a very early appt time due to your symptoms being more severe then. On another note, it is definitely not your cornea...that would cause complete vision blur, not just in a spot or spots.If it is one of these conditions, be assured that they are treatable.Hope this helps!Dr. B
    buckland9 2 Replies Flag this Response
  • I'm sorry, I actually meant "central serous chorioretinopathy." Sorry about that.
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  • Thank you for all the reply sofar, I will have another appointment here soon with my primary care provider an internist and will schedule another appointment to have my eyes checked. It has been a year.Neurologist has been a complete waste of time he did not take it seriously at all he said it's migraines, symptoms thereof anyway -- well not every day also I dont have headaches at all not even a hint at these times and to have these every single time when I lay down for a while is just a bit more odd then I can believe. and it still does not explain why I have such limited vision in a dusk or semi dark condition all of a sudden I never had night vision problems had nothing done to my eyes.I just had my carotid artery checked ( ultrasound) on Fr ( last year it was a bit over half blocked) I will get results this coming week I hope.Again thank you for your input and I keep you posted on any progress,thanks for caring,ammonite
    ammonite 3 Replies Flag this Response
  • Thank you for all the reply sofar, I will have another appointment here soon with my primary care provider an internist and will schedule another appointment to have my eyes checked. It has been a year.Neurologist has been a complete waste of time he did not take it seriously at all he said it's migraines, symptoms thereof anyway -- well not every day also I dont have headaches at all not even a hint at these times and to have these every single time when I lay down for a while is just a bit more odd then I can believe.and it still does not explain why I have such limited vision in a dusk or semi dark condition all of a sudden I never had night vision problems had nothing done to my eyes.I just had my carotid artery checked ( ultrasound) on Fr ( last year it was a bit over half blocked) I will get results this coming week I hope.Again thank you for your input and I keep you posted on any progress,thanks for caring,ammonite
    ammonite 3 Replies Flag this Response
  • Have you had a head and neck MRI? Or any other symptoms?
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