Lines and flashes in my vision?
- 15 Jan 2013 by ghostlys
- 15 January 2013
- doctor, vision
I have had eye floaters for years and I've been to the eye doctor but the lines and floaters and flashes are progressing. I had a MRI last week to see if there was something causing some other symptoms (not related to this topic) but seeing as my brain is normal. I see lines, flashes and what looks like a million little black spots moving in my vision, almost like a bunch of little bugs moving everywhere. I don't have headaches and I don't wear glasses, I have almost perfect vision. I'm 20 (I don't know if that would help?).
No idea what to do. I don't want to see flashes or lines anymore! The last time I went to the eye doctor was last August and he said I did have floaters that he could see and he said it will get worse as I get older. What? I don't want to be blind! Lol, they are already really bad...
Any advice or input?
Added 16 Jan 2013:
I don't believe I have a detached retina. I am in no pain and my MRI/CT results came to be normal. The only other thing that I have to complain about is trailing in my vision and when I googled that, something called 'Palinopsia' came up and its almost exactly what seems to be happening but I want to all to stop >_<
Did you see an ophthamologist? Floaters are normal, if you're 45, but the other things aren't. There are neurological conditions that can cause these things too. I have a floater, the normal ones from age, and I got used to it and don't even see it anymore. I would discuss it with my dr I think and see what he says. The reason I asked if your eye dr was an ophthamologist is that they are first medical doctors.
Many people have floaters, they are quite common, even more so in near sighted people. I am nearsighted and have had tons of them since I can remember but flashes and lines are not normal. There is a possibility of ocular migraine which is where you get flashes and aura like migraine sufferers get but you dont have the headache with it. You should go to see an ophthalmologist if you havent already because another reason for flashes and floaters can be related to retinal problems and you will need a dilated eye exam for them to see any problems. You will get used to the floaters. The only time I really see them is if I look up at the sky or if I specifically try to see them. Floaters are just little strings of vitreous (the jelly like substance that fills the eye) and when light shines in the eye, these little strings and debris cast a shadow on the retina that you see as little floating objects. They move and swirl as you move your eye.
There is no treatment for them for the most part. If your eye Dr doesnt see an anomalies in the eye then you may want to talk to your primary care Dr to be sure you have no other health problems like high blood pressure etc.
Floaters are fine but flashes of light are not. Please see an eye doctor immediately you could be having a detatched retina.
Let us know how you are doing o.k.
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