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Evelyn63

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Floaters
« on: March 14, 2017, 07:47:41 PM »

Have been having eye floaters for a couple of weeks now, sometimes ok, sometimes quite annoying .  Got an appointment with my optician today and she was shocked that I hadn't come immediately and I was subjected to quite a lecture!  The receptionist got an earful too as she made me wait a week for the appointment !!!  To cut a long story short I have to attend the eye casualty tomorrow morning first thing as she thinks there may be a very small retinal tear.  I genuinely did look it up on the NHS site and it said they were harmless as long as there were no other features such as white flashing lights or blurred vision, none of which I had and I just put it down to getting old :(    Now Im a bit concerned and anxious.
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CLKD

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Re: Floaters
« Reply #1 on: March 14, 2017, 07:56:52 PM »

I had floaters following surgery years ago, never thought to mention it to anyone  ::).  A neighbour had floaters and was seen by her Optician within 24 hours ...... I think that it depends on the cause.  Do let us know!
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Evelyn63

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Re: Floaters
« Reply #2 on: March 14, 2017, 08:11:50 PM »

Thanks , I will of course update you tomorrow.
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sparkle

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Re: Floaters
« Reply #3 on: March 14, 2017, 08:13:27 PM »

Hi Evelyn, it's good you're being seen quickly, i know its worrying  but at least you haven't got to wait.   I've had floaters for years.  I remember my optician saying it's when you suddenly get a lot of them that's when it needs checking.  Mine have got worse the older i get as has my eyesight generally.

Let us know how you get on, good luck.

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Annie0710

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Re: Floaters
« Reply #4 on: March 14, 2017, 08:19:35 PM »

My optician said I have too many floaters for my age but I couldn't have the stuff put in my eye as I'd driven there .  I've not mentioned it since but do you get flashes ? ive noticed them if for example there is a window at the side of my vision then I noticed very fast flashes which come and go x
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Re: Floaters
« Reply #5 on: March 14, 2017, 08:25:06 PM »

Hi Annie, I'm not sure what you mean by flashes but I'm not good generally with bright light particularly when I'm driving and the sun's coming in the side window or windscreen.  I always have the visor down even at night (sounds daft i know!).  Wonder what your optician meant by too many for your age!

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Evelyn63

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Re: Floaters
« Reply #6 on: March 14, 2017, 10:07:45 PM »

My optician said I have too many floaters for my age but I couldn't have the stuff put in my eye as I'd driven there .  I've not mentioned it since but do you get flashes ? ive noticed them if for example there is a window at the side of my vision then I noticed very fast flashes which come and go x


That was what she was repeatedly  asking me Annie, but I never had flashes, only once a few weeks ago I had an ocular migraine, when I felt my vision was over exaggerated if that makes sense, and everything was too bright.  It happened in the supermarket of all places and I put it down to the lights  being too bright and I also remember feeling really tired so could have been a combination .  Since that just the floaters .  I think if you have flashes you really should get another check up ,  she threatened to send me to A & E there and then if I had had them , but I think she was just being over cautious a bit . 
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Annie0710

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Re: Floaters
« Reply #7 on: March 14, 2017, 10:37:09 PM »

Ok let me try to explain these flashes

I could be in a lounge NOT looking at the window to my side but I see speckles of twinkling light, they come and go and are never constant

When I was at opticians for general check (they sent me to eye clinic because I developed double vision) he said you get more floaters the older you get because fragments leak which are the floaters and have I noticed them because I have lots more than he'd expect at my age.  I said funny you should say that because I always think there's spiders crawling up the walls and that's when he wanted to do the drops and asked if I'd driven, because I had he couldn't do it but he said if things deteriorate I must get it seen to asap.

I hate bright lights lately x
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Re: Floaters
« Reply #8 on: March 14, 2017, 10:47:03 PM »

I get that if I stand up too quickly  ::)

When I had them in the 1990s I kept trying to move the full stop off the page  ::) 'cos it was not at the end of a sentence.  Then I sneezed and I didn't notice them any more.
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Annie0710

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Re: Floaters
« Reply #9 on: March 14, 2017, 11:32:11 PM »

Oh mine are moving ones hence why I think there's spiders running on the walls , optician said there's enough to kind of distort/affect my vision but I've got used to them now
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Sept 2016 scan showed dissolved ovaries
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Re: Floaters
« Reply #10 on: March 15, 2017, 07:07:39 AM »

Anne, yours sound like silent migraine symptoms. The twinkling light patch and the light sensitivity are exactly what I use to get, and I was diagnosed by a doctor at an eye clinic. Do you get occasional fuzzy heads and slight nausea. Could be worth looking into common food triggers. Mine turned out to be caffeine.
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Annie0710

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Re: Floaters
« Reply #11 on: March 15, 2017, 07:47:14 AM »

I work with loads of fluorescent lighting but I usually notice this twinkling in natural light .  I get headaches but not with nausea unless I don't catch it with painkillers early enough x
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Onset of new symptoms  2012 age 45
Diagnosed post meno 2015 age 48
2mg elleste solo til 2015
Started Estradot 75mcg 2015
Sept 2016 scan showed dissolved ovaries
May 2017 oestrogel & Tostran

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Re: Floaters
« Reply #12 on: March 15, 2017, 08:01:57 AM »

I've had floaters for years - sometimes more noticeable than others.  When I have my eyes tested (frequently - they don't focus well at any distance!), the optician always asks about floaters when they look in my eyes with the focussed light - and always seem quite satisfied when I can describe the shape of them!  I do always get told I must see them straight away if I get flashing lights and/or new floaters.

Evelyn, I hope your floaters turn out to be just an annoyance and nothing that needs treatment/worrying about further.
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Ju Ju

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Re: Floaters
« Reply #13 on: March 15, 2017, 08:58:42 AM »

Both my Mum and my daughter had a sudden onset of floaters.

My Mum said she woke up one morning and thought the room was full of flies and tried to bat them away. She went to A&E and it was treated very seriously, but all was ok and she got used to the floaters and doesn't notice them. They were concerned that she had a detached retina, which can result in blindness if not treated quickly.

My daughter experienced this too. We were on our way to her grandfathers funeral and she burst into tears, as she was scared. I took her to A&E, where she was not taken seriously probably as she was young. However, she had drawn what she could see the night before and what she was seeing at that time. She was suddenly taken seriously, but the eye consultant was not available for several hours. They were very reluctant to let her go to the funeral and we had to return immediately after, no wake. Again all was ok on examination and the floaters do not bother her once she got used to them. It was caused by some jelly substance, which I'm sure someone with more medical knowledge could explain. 

If your condition hasn't deteriorated, then hopefully it is not serious, but do check it out.
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Re: Floaters
« Reply #14 on: March 15, 2017, 09:32:43 AM »

Anne, that's just like me.  I could not go into stores like B&Q because the lighting was impossible to bear.  Really does sound like silent migraine to me.

http://www.healthline.com/health/migraine/silent-migraine#3
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