Anyone have trouble with seeing Floaters?

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by Solaris_Starr, Mar 15, 2006.

  1. Solaris_Starr

    Solaris_Starr New Member

    Hello everyone,

    Just wanted to know how many of you have problems with floaters? Small black dotts seem to be floating around in my vision, like when someone takes your picture and you were staring at the flash.

    It's very strange and annoying. Sometimes I sware I"ve spotted a spider or bug crawling on the floor or wall...just to find out it's one of those annoying floaters.

    I always have to keep adjusting my eyes. It also gives me a dizzy feeling like things are spinning. Have mentioned this to my Dr. but he just ignores me, I'v also had my eyes checked and everything seems to be fine there.

    So maybe I'm crazy....that would explain alot of things! LOL

    Sandy
  2. Jeanne-in-Canada

    Jeanne-in-Canada New Member

    It turned out to be my a.d., Wellbutrin. I reduced the dose and it went away. You could check any meds you are taking.


    Jeanne
  3. claudiaw

    claudiaw New Member

    I have had them for yrs.
    Eye doc. said it was because I am near sighted.
    I see them really well at the doctors office, because of the blank wall and awful lighting!
    When I'm tired they seem worse.
    Claudia
  4. hopeful4

    hopeful4 New Member

    Hi Sandy,
    I know there can be many different reasons why people have floaters. For me, it's related to my lyme disease. Is this an avenue you have checked into? How long have you had the floaters? Is your retina fine?

    Wishing you the best,
    Hopeful4
  5. lenasvn

    lenasvn New Member

    Also, try to keep somewhat track on how many you have. If there is an increase in floaters you should have it checked. If you develop pain or discomfort, you must go, since that COULD be Iritis/ Uveitis. I understand that floaters do come around as we age, but before 35 warrants an investigation.
  6. Ondrej

    Ondrej New Member

    What you may be seeing is called "Free Floaters" and can start appearing after we reach a certain age - or they can be signs of serious eye problems.
    First: Fire your Doctor. If he/she ignores anything you have to say you are being harmed and not helped.
    Second: Have your eyes checked by a REAL eye doctor, not some One Hour Optical floozie. Pay whatever it costs. If you have health insurance, your insurance company may pay all or part of the cost because . . .
    Third: Free floaters can be an early indication of Macular Degeneration which is most serious and can cause partial or total blindness. If you are under 50 the problem must be addressed immediately because macular degeneration does not become common until you are 70 or so. Folks with Fibro seem to have the problem a bit more often than the general public and the problem is most common in women. There are treatments available. Sooner is better.
    I am a 60 year old male with fibro. I started seeing free floaters 2 years ago. My eye doctor saw no macular degeneration then, but I have it now and my eye doctor just about went crazy getting me into a specialist damn near immediately.
    AND: tell your doctor that he/she is a jerk and is being fired. See if he/she ignores that.
    Ondrej
  7. MamaDove

    MamaDove New Member

    Mine started appearing after a neck injury in 1994...

    When I questioned my PCP, he ignored me...I was also complaining of symptoms that we now know are related to FMS, he told me they were "all in my head"...

    My physiatrist demanded I see a specialist so I went to a local opthamologist...

    After 2 hours and 3 different docs coming in and looking at me (I guess one couldn't figure it out) I was told to go to the front desk and they will fit me for my new glasses...

    NOT I, said the fly!!!

    I kept reiterating that I KNEW it was my neck but he had the reports from my neurosurgeon who did my neck that said the eye problems were not happening from my neck "as the patient would like to believe"...

    That was one of the lightbulb moments I have had dealing with these quacks...

    Forward 9 years and my rheumy finally gives me the firm diagnosis of FMS and wants me to see an eye doc AGAIN to address my issues...

    I chose one myself who had diagnosed a relative with glaucoma after 2 others did not even test him...I am glad I chose him...

    He did every test imaginable, running some more than once to confirm...

    He also told me that several of his patients have similar eye conditions and have FMS/CF...

    He believed it is indeed neurological, due to my neck...

    In the meantime his staff were prepping me for needing glasses, while I waited for the glaucoma drops to take full effect...Just by my chart, the symptoms that I listed, they assumed I would need them...

    The doc came out with me after the exam, wrote me a letter stating what he found and that nothing could be done and that glasses would not be warranted for my complaints esp. since my vision was 20/20 as it has always been...

    And to think he only charged me $105 for his perfect diagnosis and the creep years earlier charged $255.00 and jeopardized my life and the lives of others by not determining that these symptoms were neurological...I continued to drive and aggravate this part of my condition by doing so...With my new diagnosis, I no longer drive and the world is a safer place...

    My floaters usually appear (or are quite noticeable) after any activity that strains my neck, such as dishes, vaccuuming, actually just about anything does anyway...

    Funny, as I just looked up at the screen, those buggers are chasing one another again...Darn floaters...Needless to say, typing affects my neck quite a bit...I'm off for now, hope I helped you...As usual, we are not alone in our symptoms, we seem to share alot of them...

    Peaceful days ahead~Alicia
  8. victoria

    victoria New Member

    He is dx'd with chronic lyme, was showing same symptoms as me (I've been dx'd with CFIDS) at 16... altho I don't see them.

    He said he cannot remember when he first started seeing them, thought it was 'natural' without ever asking...

    While 9 months of oral abx so far haven't done much for him, it has at least pretty much cleared up the floaters....
  9. Solaris_Starr

    Solaris_Starr New Member

    Thank you all for your sage advise and information, I will make an apt. with my Doctor and give him an ear full for ignoring this. I will also see my eye Doc to make sure nothing sinister is happening.


    I feel much better now knowing that others have experienced this and that I am not losing my mind..............Jeanne, Claudia, GeorgiaC, Hopeful4, Lenasvn, Ondrej, Alicia, WakeMeUp!

    Sandy
  10. grovydol

    grovydol New Member

    I AM NEW BUT PLEASE GET FLOAERS CHECKED NOT WANTING TO ALARM YOU BUT I WAS TOLD HAVE FLOATERS (AFTER LASIK I ADNIT) BUT NOT TO WORRY NOW I HAVE GLAUCOMA AS FLOATERS BLOCKED THE DRAINAGE SYSTEM!! GOOD LUCK AND TAKE CARE
  11. halo52208

    halo52208 New Member

    They are what's left when your eye was made and sealed up. So they are stuck in there. As long as they keep moving they are okay. If they are stuck in one place or get bigger, you need to have them checked out. I don't remember where I heard this at. My brother told me about having them checked if they stop moving or grow bigger. His eye doctor told him that.

    Why we don't see them until now, I have no clue. But if your ever worried about them have an eye doctor check them out.

    I agree with the others, if your doctor doen't want to address your concern, than find one who will.

    Halo
    [This Message was Edited on 03/17/2006]
  12. memawwade

    memawwade New Member

    I started seeing floaters a number of years ago so had my eyes checked. Eye doctor said they were just junk left over from when my eyes were formed. However, your situation may not be the same. I have since heard that a sudden increase in floaters could be a sign of a problem. Best for your doctor or eye doctor to check it out.
    [This Message was Edited on 03/17/2006]
  13. marw

    marw New Member

    I've had them for several years. My eye doc (opthamologist) said they are from dry eyes. My eyes dry out so badly that little pieces of skin flake off and float around. To help this a lot, even get rid of it, I use eye drops OTC from the Pharmacy....there are lots of brands, so if this turns out as a problem, experiment with a few until you find the best one for you. For exceptionally bad times, I get drops Prescription that are greasy and use them only at night, because they leave a temporary film (causing blurriness for a few hours)but really do the trick.

    Now I had a worse thing, and it can involve floaters, too. I vomited so hard last summer that I detached the white part of the eye (schelera?) and that can lead to retina detachment, which is very bad!!! THe aggravating thing is not only the floaters, but the flashing lights at the corner of my eye, especially at night. (I keep thinking I am being pulled over by the police and their flashing lights! LOL) The opthamologist said that if ever the floaters (not the lights) start to seem like a whole bunch of them at once, that the retina is detaching and to get to him immedidately, there is always an opthomologist on call at his office 24/7.

    Hope you get it solved. Let us know what you find out. I would most definitely see the eye doc (an M.D. eye doc) to find out what it is. Many things cause them....some serious and some not.

    Margaret
  14. bettydroop

    bettydroop New Member

    I am so worried about this. It JUST started happening and I dont know what to think about it. It started around th e time I started going to FFC ( I AM NOT SAYING THAT CAUSED IT) I am just trying to nail down when this started. Its kinda like when you stand up from bending over and you get lightheaded and you can sometimes see little things "dancing/floating around, but it hasnt gone away.Plus its a little different than that, because these are like black or dark looking a shoot from side to side in my vision like they are chasing one another (like someone already said) fast and so many.

    It has been bugging me, worrying me, and have been racking my brain to try to figure it out. Oh and whats weird is that it didnt start with just a few or something and developed more, but ALL the ones I have now - all at once - overnight it seems.

    I started tx there at FFC about month and a half ago, thyroid hormones and I am very anemic. I thought maybe it had something to do with the anemia, needing iron and seeing stars when I stand up or whatever but I just dont know. JUst so out of the blue, and all at once.

    Makes me feel so much better to know I am not the only one with this right now.

    THANK YOU for any comments any one might have.

    Karen
  15. bettydroop

    bettydroop New Member

    bump - thanks