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Re: Floaters in your eye - a warning

I have had floaters, particularly in my right eye, for some time. The past few days however, I noticed that at night when I closed my eyes, I could see flashing lights around the periphery of my left eye, and the floaters had increased and become worrying rather than just annoying.
This resulted in an emergency appointment at an Augenarzt, where thankfully no holes or tears were found in the retina. The doctor explained that the symptoms were a sign of possible retinal detachment, so I have a follow up appointment in two weeks.
I just want to say thanks to EFers, especially smackerjack, as I remembered this thread and it was partly that which prompted me to see (excuse the pun) the doc.
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Old 22.02.2012, 09:52
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Re: Floaters in your eye - a warning

I had a problem with floaters this morning... took two flushes

I'm sorry, what are we talking about again?
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Re: Floaters in your eye - a warning

Thanks for the thread, pretty sure after reading it, that I have a problem. When I closed my eyes it looked like an eclipse going on, ie: a bright, white circle.
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Re: Floaters in your eye - a warning

Hi,
This happened to my mum a few years back (in her late 50's) she had been experiencing floaters in her eyes for a number of weeks. One morning she woke up and couldn't see out of her eye. She went to the eye hospital to be told she had a burst vessel which would heal and to come back in 6 weeks!!! Fortunately a doctor friend of theirs was unhappy with the diagnosis and rang a friend who luckily is a leading eye specialist at Adenbrooks, Cambridge who said he would see her that day!
Mum travelled from Cheshire to Cambridge and was told that in one eye the retina had detached and the other was close to detaching - they operated that afternoon!
Had Mum have followed the original hospital advice she would now almost certainly be blind!
Don't take any risks with your eyes!
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Old 22.02.2012, 11:16
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Thanks for the thread, pretty sure after reading it, that I have a problem. When I closed my eyes it looked like an eclipse going on, ie: a bright, white circle.
That sounds exactly what I had, best to get it checked out.

Edit... I know it's not a laughing matter, but reminded me of an old 'Morcambe and Wise' gag...

'Have your eyes ever been checked?'
'No, they've always been blue.'

I'll get my coat.
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Hi,
This happened to my mum a few years back (in her late 50's) she had been experiencing floaters in her eyes for a number of weeks. One morning she woke up and couldn't see out of her eye. She went to the eye hospital to be told she had a burst vessel which would heal and to come back in 6 weeks!!! Fortunately a doctor friend of theirs was unhappy with the diagnosis and rang a friend who luckily is a leading eye specialist at Adenbrooks, Cambridge who said he would see her that day!
Mum travelled from Cheshire to Cambridge and was told that in one eye the retina had detached and the other was close to detaching - they operated that afternoon!
Had Mum have followed the original hospital advice she would now almost certainly be blind!
Don't take any risks with your eyes!
I'm glad your mum is ok, thank goodness for her doctor friend's advice.
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Re: Floaters in your eye - a warning

In general 'floaters' are perfectly normal and occur from the age of about 21, you generally only see them when you're tired, your brain does a good job of cancelling them out most of the rest of the time.

Good idea to avoid bunjee jumping and boxing, I here these sports can detatch a retina.
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Old 22.02.2012, 11:44
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Re: Floaters in your eye - a warning

I haven't been bungee jumping or boxing, god forbid, but I have been doing a lot of heavy lifting recently, moving home. Also, apparently being short (near) sighted makes you more at risk.
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Old 22.02.2012, 12:31
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Re: Floaters in your eye - a warning

oh god...now i see my floaters. Though I'm pretty sure mine are just 'gunk' on the outer surface.

I imagine it's tricky to spot these too, especially if you wear glasses (which get dusty/smudgey anyway).
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Old 22.02.2012, 12:49
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Re: Floaters in your eye - a warning

If you try to look at your floaters in your eyes, you'll find that you can't because they move as you move your eye. Most floaters are harmless, don't worry. I realised mine had got worse when I thought I saw something run across our kitchen floor, then thought there was something on the wall to my left, which disappeared when I turned my head.
The doctor said the floaters probably won't go, which was a little upsetting as they are really obvious, from cloudy veil-like things to strings of cells and little black dots. Hopefully I'll just get used to them.
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Old 22.02.2012, 13:07
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If you try to look at your floaters in your eyes, you'll find that you can't because they move as you move your eye. Most floaters are harmless, don't worry. I realised mine had got worse when I thought I saw something run across our kitchen floor, then thought there was something on the wall to my left, which disappeared when I turned my head.
The doctor said the floaters probably won't go, which was a little upsetting as they are really obvious, from cloudy veil-like things to strings of cells and little black dots. Hopefully I'll just get used to them.
You will get used to them in time, I have a lot (due to a chronic eye problem) and don't usually 'see' them; if I can it's usually a sign that an attack is starting.
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Old 22.02.2012, 13:44
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Re: Floaters in your eye - a warning

Basic info about "floaters" is that it is normal and natural for everyone to have them to some extent. They are slightly more solid pieces of eye gel that was in there as your eyes were developing before you were born.

The time to worry is if they suddenly increase in number, if they start to obstruct your vision and if they are accompanied by flashes of light. These are symptoms which can indicate imminent (or occurring) problem such as retinal detachment.

Here is a link with more information on floaters. http://www.allaboutvision.com/condit...potsfloats.htm


In many areas, it is very important that you visit an Opthalmologist (augenarzt) as opposed to simply going to the emergency if and when you have sudden eye trouble, even if it happens late at night. Most often, ER doctors, nurses and technicians are not trained properly or thoroughly enough to help with eye troubles like this and sometimes it is the minutes or hours that really count. So, if something sudden happens, make sure you find a medical eye doctor that will see you right away, speak to you thoroughly about it, who will explain it so that you understand fully.


I know some of the folks on the forum play sports that involve fast moving balls (golf, racket sports) or high contact sports such as soccer and basketball. If you engage in such games, it is important to protect your eyes also. The balls or elbows, fingers, knees, and feet can cause some serious damage to your eyes, both to the orbital bone areas and to the eye itself.

Make sure also that if you need to wear corrective lenses, the glasses you wear to play such sports are NOT glass lenses and ideally would be polycarbonate lenses. Wearing a face mask or sport goggles may feel a little silly at first if you're not used to it, but it is important to protect your vision.

Some non-prescription sunglasses also are designed (and improved and redesigned) to help give pretty optimal protection to your eyes and face. One of the brands that is fabulous for this is Oakley. They're not really my style () but they do a lot of work to make sure that the frame and lenses they use in their designs are very strong. (The with vs without images of golfers who have been hit in the eye are pretty shocking - and make a convincing argument for Oakley and similarly strong sunglasses)
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Old 22.02.2012, 15:37
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The time to worry is if they suddenly increase in number, if they start to obstruct your vision and if they are accompanied by flashes of light. These are symptoms which can indicate imminent (or occurring) problem such as retinal detachment.



In many areas, it is very important that you visit an Opthalmologist (augenarzt) as opposed to simply going to the emergency if and when you have sudden eye trouble, even if it happens late at night. Most often, ER doctors, nurses and technicians are not trained properly or thoroughly enough to help with eye troubles like this and sometimes it is the minutes or hours that really count. So, if something sudden happens, make sure you find a medical eye doctor that will see you right away, speak to you thoroughly about it, who will explain it so that you understand fully.

Absolutely Peg A. We went to the doctor first, the receptionist straight away gave us a phone number of an Augenarzt, I was seen two hours later.
In the UK you would need to get a GP's referral to see an eye specialist, unless I suppose you went to the A and E department at the local hospital. The system here seems so much better.
The Augenarzt said to contact them if anything happens before my next appointment.
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(The with vs without images of golfers who have been hit in the eye are pretty shocking - and make a convincing argument for Oakley and similarly strong sunglasses)

They are definately golfers who are getting it wrong! I have always suggested golf would be more fun as a contact sport.
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Re: Floaters in your eye - a warning

After hannah's post yesterday, I heard from a close friend who had a tear in her retina last week.
I was reading an article the other day on the Daily Mail health page and it concerned different health problems that occur throughout the year and a month by month list.
What was interesting was that detached retinas etc were more common in February. This was due -they think- because of cold temperatures and exposing the eye to these...
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After hannah's post yesterday, I heard from a close friend who had a tear in her retina last week.
I was reading an article the other day on the Daily Mail health page and it concerned different health problems that occur throughout the year and a month by month list.
What was interesting was that detached retinas etc were more common in February. This was due -they think- because of cold temperatures and exposing the eye to these...
Could be. Most of the places I've lived, the first half of February tends to have the coldest temperatures. Since the eye is filled with liquid, I'd imagine some troubles could come up with not protecting them properly from extreme temperatures. Probably not so common generally speaking, but happen often enough to be able to spot a trend among those who suffer.


Another thing too has to do with pressure. So, activities which involve change in altitude (whether going high or diving low, or particularly rapid changes between different heights or depths) can cause problems.

Same with strenuous activity - being very sick (vomiting) can cause veins to rupture so can heavy-duty snow shoveling, in severe cases, these can also cause retinal detachment. These could also be heightened in February - ski and flu season at the same time, wheee! (Plus Mardi Gras / Fasnacht / Carnival style binge drinking leading to "calling the dinosaurs"... have seen many a sailor or uni student with bright blood spot on their eye after a night on the town)
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Re: Floaters in your eye - a warning

I have started to see many of these things in the last two months. And i think it's getting worse every day!

Today I called the ofthalmologist and the secretary said, that that is normal, and we made an appointment for the end of the month. I have to wait for 3 weeks... I am really frigtened. I see them the whole time. There's no need to look at a paper or sky. What should I do?

I never used the krankenkasse here...
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Re: Floaters in your eye - a warning

If you feel that things are not right I would go straight to the ER - better to be safe than sorry. As has
been written, floaters are normal but if it is worse or you can see like a curtain - don't delay Never take any chances with your eyes - you only get one pair!!

Please let us know how you get on.
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Re: Floaters in your eye - a warning

If you are worried, and I can see that you are;
Go immediately to the Opthalmology Department of your local hospital (don't bother with a Polyclinic unless it specifially says that it specialises in eye problems).

Have your insurance number ready if possible, but they will see you without it, they'll ask that you bring the information along on a follow-up appointment. You might have to wait a while but emergency visits are normally seen before regular appointments so it shouldn't be too long.

Even if they confirm that there's nothing seriously wrong it better to get it checked out NOW as it's very hard to repair any damage already done to your eyesight.
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