eye floaters-scared of vision loss

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by artyreader, Oct 2, 2011.

  1. artyreader

    artyreader Member

    In the last 24 hours I have had "floaters" in my vision in left eye--like dark swirling tendrils of smoke, a whole lot, to where it is very distracting and makes it hard to read or see, even to type this.
    I've also had bright "flashes" and eye pain. I went on-line to see about this, and I am scared--they say you might lose vision permanently if you all of a sudden have these symptoms, in this amount.
    I may even go to emergency room today as it is Sunday and doctor's offices are closed (I read that if you don't attend to this, it's possible to lose vision permanently within a day or few days. I am completely alone, existing on tiny SSDI due to disabling fibro, arthritis and anxiety disorders, PTSD. One of the only things left to me in life is reading, and the computer is a life-line too, and this eye thing is really affecting that, and I don't want to go blind.
    I am terrified right now--if anyone has any experience with this, good or bad, let me know. AND PLEASE, I ASK YOU HUMBLY, BUT FROM MY HEART, PLEASE DON'T SAY 'OH. DON'T WORRY,YOU'RE OVERREACTING. I NEED EMPATHY AND INFORMATION,BUT NOT JUDGEMENT. I AM TAKING AN EMOTIONAL RISK REACHING OUT LIKE THIS AND I NEED RESPECT AND ANY INFO ANYONE MAY HAVE. I AM ALL ALONE AND VERY VULNERABLE. THANK YOU FOR 'LISTENING'
    AND LISTENING WITH REAL COMPASSION, NOT 'CHASTISEMENT' OR LACK OF WARMTH. I AM DOING THE BEST I CAN, AND REACHING OUT TO THE COMMUNITY ON THIS MESSAGE BOARD FOR SUPPORT AND GENTLE ENLIGHTENMENT. bLESS YOU ALL.
  2. ulala

    ulala New Member

    your symptoms could be a detached or torn retina. Best to get it checked out today. Best wishes! Please post what you decide to do.
  3. mbofov

    mbofov Active Member

    Go to the ER - you may have a detached retina. I know a couple of people this has happened to, and with prompt treatment they were fine.

    So you're not overreacting - but do go see a doctor today. And do keep us posted - take care -

    Mary
  4. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    Most floaters are harmless but what you describe goes way beyond floaters. That there appears to be smoke and flashes of light could point to a retina problem. Please get it checked out.

    Love, Mikie
  5. TigerLilea

    TigerLilea Active Member

    If you haven't already done so, go immediately and get your eyes checked!!
  6. TigerLilea

    TigerLilea Active Member

    I think what Artyreader is describing is a little more than garden variety floaters. She needs to get this checked out to make sure that she doesn't have a detached retina.
  7. artyreader

    artyreader Member

    I hadn't been to my eye doc for regular exam in over a year. Despite it being a Sunday, I was able to call his office message where they gave his cell phone--I called him and he was very nice and said come in tomorrow (Monday) at 9 a.m.
    After that,I slept most of the late afternoon and early evening due to "normal" fibro pain/fatigue plus stress, and my eye seems no better (but no worse either) and now that I know I will see eye doctor in about 12 hours I feel much less anxious.
    I will keep you all posted AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR KINDNESS, INFORMATION, AND CONCERN. IT WAS GREAT TO WAKE UP RIGHT NOW, GO ON LINE TO PROHEALTH WEBSITE, AND SEE YOUR CARING RESPONSES.
    I FEEL LIKE SOMEONE CARES--ALL THE BEST TO YOU GUYS.
    Again, I'll let you know how the exam goes tomorrow--this is something a lot of people don't know about, and may not take seriously. Hopefully, it'll be 'best case scenario' !
    Warm wishes to all,
    love,
    Artyreader
  8. artyreader

    artyreader Member

    Had thorough eye exam today with doctor who has been my eye doc for years (but who I hadn't seen in two years).
    Right now, he wants me to be very aware if I get more "flashes of bright light" in addition to the floater; he said that today he could not see a tear or hole in the retina, but he said there is a possibility that there is one, and it is too small yet to see.
    But not for sure--so it's guarded but good news for now.
    He wants to see me later in the month, and before that /right away if symptoms increase.
    It's scary, but I am in good hands and hopefully it is just that peice of membrane from between the eyeball and the retina that has detached and is bothering my vision in right eye--floating like the tendrils of seaweed or something.
    (Luckily we have good websites on everything nowadays, and the doc also had a great colorful 'visual aid' poster in his office showing the eyeball, retina, etc and explained some things to me. I feel much better, anxiety-wise)
    About two weeks ago, I accidentally fell very hard onto concrete sidewalk when I tripped, and smashed and bruised left side of face and body.
    Even though it is the RIGHT eye that is affected, he said that that is a possibility--I fell very hard, but it could be age-related or other, also.
    So I'm going to "Keep an eye on my eye" :)), hope for the best, and at least I have good care and did this in a timely manner. If any major changes, I;ll let you guys know.
    THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONCERN AND KINDNESS AND INFO!
    ALL THE BEST TO YOU GUYS,
    ARTYREADER
  9. zenouchy

    zenouchy Member

    So glad you went to the doctor and are in good hands. I would have been scared and nervous too. FYI if this could be of help: I have some eye issues too and my opthamologist tells me to take a supplement called Lutein. It helps preserve eye-sight. I would ask your doctor before taking it though to be sure it doesn't conflict with other meds/supplements you take.

    Take good care of yourself.

    Warmly,

    Erika

  10. gb66

    gb66 Well-Known Member

    A few years ago my daughter had a car accident. Someone backing out of a driveway without looking carefully hit the side of her car as she was driving down the street. Her head hit the inside of the car door.

    At first she didn't have any major symptoms from the impact, but the next day she had visual problems. She saw a bright flashing light in one eye that would not clear up. Her doctor sent her to a specialist that did some kind of head rotations to restore a balance in her head. I wish I could remember more about this but I do know that after several treatments the flashing started to lessen.

    I think I've seen this mentioned on this board in someone's post. Maybe the poster will read this and tell you more about it. It might be what happened to you when you fell and hit your head. You may want to mention it to your doctor. GB66
  11. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    It never hurts to be careful.

    Love, Mikie