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Posted: 11/5/2015 11:56:08 PM EST
[Last Edit: 11/5/2015 11:58:15 PM EST by Greenhorn]
For quite a while now I've had what I can only describe as dark smudges in my field of vision. A few are distinct spots, almost like tiny pinpricks, and others are like smears, but they're easily noticeable and annoying, and they don't change. They move slightly when I move my eyes, but when I stop moving my eyes they move back to their original position. They're not those little hairs you sometimes see, because these are fixed, nonchanging over the years. I also see a slight double-image above things. It's always there, but not always noticeable, but for example when I'm driving at night the road lines and road signs have a smear above them that is almost a distinct image. It's only a fraction of a degree, but it's still very annoying.

Has anyone else had this, and is there anything to do about it?

When I was younger I did play with higher-powered lasers, in the ~1W range, colored infrared, violet, green and red, and while I did my best to avoid direct contact, could repeated accidental exposures have some responsibility?

Or for that matter, playing with thermite and magnesium?

I can't tell if it's getting worse over the years, but I kind of think it might be.
Link Posted: 11/5/2015 11:58:54 PM EST
Get checked.
I'm no doctor, but vision impairment is usually the sign of something more serious.
Link Posted: 11/5/2015 11:59:02 PM EST
Originally Posted By Greenhorn:
For quite a while now I've had what I can only describe as dark smudges in my field of vision. A few are distinct spots, almost like tiny pinpricks, and others are like smears, but they're easily noticeable and annoying, and they don't change. They move slightly when I move my eyes, but when I stop moving my eyes they move back to their original position. They're not those little hairs you sometimes see, because these are fixed, nonchanging over the years. I also see a slight double-image above things. It's always there, but not always noticeable, but for example when I'm driving at night the road lines and road signs have a smear above them that is almost a distinct image. It's only a fraction of a degree, but it's still very annoying.

Has anyone else had this, and is there anything to do about it?

When I was younger I did play with high-powered lasers, in the 1-2mW range, colored infrared, violet, green and red, and while I did my best to avoid direct contact, could repeated accidental exposures have some responsibility?
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Sounds like the blood that comes from a retina detachment, or possibly the vitreous separating from the retina.

I would see an eye doctor asap. My father just had this happen to him and he had tears in his retina. You don't want to wait to get it fixed.
Link Posted: 11/6/2015 12:00:07 AM EST
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Originally Posted By Gunslinger808:
Get checked.
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I saw a small-town eye doctor a few years ago, just a simple checkup and I mentioned my symptoms. He put in pupil-dilators and checked my eyes out, but he didn't seem to think there was anything to worry about. I kind of think he didn't care much, just run-through-the-script-I-have-another-patient.
Link Posted: 11/6/2015 12:00:11 AM EST
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Originally Posted By Flindelaaf:


Sounds like the blood that comes from a retina detachment, or possibly the vitreous separating from the retina.

I would see an eye doctor asap. My father just had this happen to him and he had tears in his retina. You don't want to wait to get it fixed.
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Originally Posted By Flindelaaf:
Originally Posted By Greenhorn:
For quite a while now I've had what I can only describe as dark smudges in my field of vision. A few are distinct spots, almost like tiny pinpricks, and others are like smears, but they're easily noticeable and annoying, and they don't change. They move slightly when I move my eyes, but when I stop moving my eyes they move back to their original position. They're not those little hairs you sometimes see, because these are fixed, nonchanging over the years. I also see a slight double-image above things. It's always there, but not always noticeable, but for example when I'm driving at night the road lines and road signs have a smear above them that is almost a distinct image. It's only a fraction of a degree, but it's still very annoying.

Has anyone else had this, and is there anything to do about it?

When I was younger I did play with high-powered lasers, in the 1-2mW range, colored infrared, violet, green and red, and while I did my best to avoid direct contact, could repeated accidental exposures have some responsibility?


Sounds like the blood that comes from a retina detachment, or possibly the vitreous separating from the retina.

I would see an eye doctor asap. My father just had this happen to him and he had tears in his retina. You don't want to wait to get it fixed.

Link Posted: 11/6/2015 12:01:59 AM EST
Originally Posted By Greenhorn:
For quite a while now I've had what I can only describe as dark smudges in my field of vision. A few are distinct spots, almost like tiny pinpricks, and others are like smears, but they're easily noticeable and annoying, and they don't change. They move slightly when I move my eyes, but when I stop moving my eyes they move back to their original position. They're not those little hairs you sometimes see, because these are fixed, nonchanging over the years. I also see a slight double-image above things. It's always there, but not always noticeable, but for example when I'm driving at night the road lines and road signs have a smear above them that is almost a distinct image. It's only a fraction of a degree, but it's still very annoying.

Has anyone else had this, and is there anything to do about it?

When I was younger I did play with higher-powered lasers, in the ~1W range, colored infrared, violet, green and red, and while I did my best to avoid direct contact, could repeated accidental exposures have some responsibility?

Or for that matter, playing with thermite and magnesium?

I can't tell if it's getting worse over the years, but I kind of think it might be.
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Go and see an opthamologist asap.

The moving "hairs" are called floaters. Those are no big deal, but the other symptoms sound like retina damage.

Also--- the double image at night above signs is highly likely astigmatism.
Link Posted: 11/6/2015 12:02:40 AM EST
At 33 I still have 20-20 vision, but the artifacts and smearing really does get extremely annoying, and distracting sometimes.
Link Posted: 11/6/2015 12:02:58 AM EST
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Originally Posted By Flindelaaf:


Sounds like the blood that comes from a retina detachment, or possibly the vitreous separating from the retina.

I would see an eye doctor asap. My father just had this happen to him and he had tears in his retina. You don't want to wait to get it fixed.
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Originally Posted By Flindelaaf:
Originally Posted By Greenhorn:
For quite a while now I've had what I can only describe as dark smudges in my field of vision. A few are distinct spots, almost like tiny pinpricks, and others are like smears, but they're easily noticeable and annoying, and they don't change. They move slightly when I move my eyes, but when I stop moving my eyes they move back to their original position. They're not those little hairs you sometimes see, because these are fixed, nonchanging over the years. I also see a slight double-image above things. It's always there, but not always noticeable, but for example when I'm driving at night the road lines and road signs have a smear above them that is almost a distinct image. It's only a fraction of a degree, but it's still very annoying.

Has anyone else had this, and is there anything to do about it?

When I was younger I did play with high-powered lasers, in the 1-2mW range, colored infrared, violet, green and red, and while I did my best to avoid direct contact, could repeated accidental exposures have some responsibility?


Sounds like the blood that comes from a retina detachment, or possibly the vitreous separating from the retina.

I would see an eye doctor asap. My father just had this happen to him and he had tears in his retina. You don't want to wait to get it fixed.


Yup! Had the same issue. Go get it corrected now!
Link Posted: 11/6/2015 12:04:37 AM EST
Dibs after the diabetes gets you
Link Posted: 11/6/2015 12:04:52 AM EST
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Originally Posted By Variable556:


Go and see an opthamologist asap.

The moving "hairs" are called floaters. Those are no big deal, but the other symptoms sound like retina damage.

Also--- the double image at night above signs is highly likely astigmatism.
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Originally Posted By Variable556:
Originally Posted By Greenhorn:
For quite a while now I've had what I can only describe as dark smudges in my field of vision. A few are distinct spots, almost like tiny pinpricks, and others are like smears, but they're easily noticeable and annoying, and they don't change. They move slightly when I move my eyes, but when I stop moving my eyes they move back to their original position. They're not those little hairs you sometimes see, because these are fixed, nonchanging over the years. I also see a slight double-image above things. It's always there, but not always noticeable, but for example when I'm driving at night the road lines and road signs have a smear above them that is almost a distinct image. It's only a fraction of a degree, but it's still very annoying.

Has anyone else had this, and is there anything to do about it?

When I was younger I did play with higher-powered lasers, in the ~1W range, colored infrared, violet, green and red, and while I did my best to avoid direct contact, could repeated accidental exposures have some responsibility?

Or for that matter, playing with thermite and magnesium?

I can't tell if it's getting worse over the years, but I kind of think it might be.


Go and see an opthamologist asap.

The moving "hairs" are called floaters. Those are no big deal, but the other symptoms sound like retina damage.

Also--- the double image at night above signs is highly likely astigmatism.


The artifacts aren't the "hairs." I've seen hairs, and what I have are totally different. They are dark, and they're permanent over years. One in particular that I've been observing for at least five years is a very tiny pinprick that looks exactly like a sunspot.

The double image is constant, it's just easier to see in certain contrasts.
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Originally Posted By SINCE_1829:


Yup! Had the same issue. Go get it corrected now!
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Originally Posted By Flindelaaf:
Originally Posted By Greenhorn:
For quite a while now I've had what I can only describe as dark smudges in my field of vision. A few are distinct spots, almost like tiny pinpricks, and others are like smears, but they're easily noticeable and annoying, and they don't change. They move slightly when I move my eyes, but when I stop moving my eyes they move back to their original position. They're not those little hairs you sometimes see, because these are fixed, nonchanging over the years. I also see a slight double-image above things. It's always there, but not always noticeable, but for example when I'm driving at night the road lines and road signs have a smear above them that is almost a distinct image. It's only a fraction of a degree, but it's still very annoying.

Has anyone else had this, and is there anything to do about it?

When I was younger I did play with high-powered lasers, in the 1-2mW range, colored infrared, violet, green and red, and while I did my best to avoid direct contact, could repeated accidental exposures have some responsibility?


Sounds like the blood that comes from a retina detachment, or possibly the vitreous separating from the retina.

I would see an eye doctor asap. My father just had this happen to him and he had tears in his retina. You don't want to wait to get it fixed.


Yup! Had the same issue. Go get it corrected now!
sounds like detached/ torn/ fucked up retina.
Link Posted: 11/6/2015 12:07:21 AM EST
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Originally Posted By Gripy:
sounds like detached/ torn/ fucked up retina.
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Originally Posted By SINCE_1829:
Originally Posted By Flindelaaf:
Originally Posted By Greenhorn:
For quite a while now I've had what I can only describe as dark smudges in my field of vision. A few are distinct spots, almost like tiny pinpricks, and others are like smears, but they're easily noticeable and annoying, and they don't change. They move slightly when I move my eyes, but when I stop moving my eyes they move back to their original position. They're not those little hairs you sometimes see, because these are fixed, nonchanging over the years. I also see a slight double-image above things. It's always there, but not always noticeable, but for example when I'm driving at night the road lines and road signs have a smear above them that is almost a distinct image. It's only a fraction of a degree, but it's still very annoying.

Has anyone else had this, and is there anything to do about it?

When I was younger I did play with high-powered lasers, in the 1-2mW range, colored infrared, violet, green and red, and while I did my best to avoid direct contact, could repeated accidental exposures have some responsibility?


Sounds like the blood that comes from a retina detachment, or possibly the vitreous separating from the retina.

I would see an eye doctor asap. My father just had this happen to him and he had tears in his retina. You don't want to wait to get it fixed.


Yup! Had the same issue. Go get it corrected now!
sounds like detached/ torn/ fucked up retina.


If it is related to detatched retina, can it get worse, and can it be fixed safely? Could it have to do with burning lasers and thermite thermal burns on the retina?
Link Posted: 11/6/2015 12:08:10 AM EST
See an eye Dr. NOW, like in the morning just mention possible retina issue better an Opthamologist (MD) but if you cant get in then see an optometrist they can tell if it is a retina issue and refer you to a specialist if needed. I'm currently recovering from retina surgery due to trauma trust me it is better to catch it early and do in office stuff rather than the full blown surgery. Could be something called PVD which is normal and age related but can still cause retina issues.

Good luck
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Originally Posted By Gripy:
sounds like detached/ torn/ fucked up retina.
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Originally Posted By SINCE_1829:
Originally Posted By Flindelaaf:
Originally Posted By Greenhorn:
For quite a while now I've had what I can only describe as dark smudges in my field of vision. A few are distinct spots, almost like tiny pinpricks, and others are like smears, but they're easily noticeable and annoying, and they don't change. They move slightly when I move my eyes, but when I stop moving my eyes they move back to their original position. They're not those little hairs you sometimes see, because these are fixed, nonchanging over the years. I also see a slight double-image above things. It's always there, but not always noticeable, but for example when I'm driving at night the road lines and road signs have a smear above them that is almost a distinct image. It's only a fraction of a degree, but it's still very annoying.

Has anyone else had this, and is there anything to do about it?

When I was younger I did play with high-powered lasers, in the 1-2mW range, colored infrared, violet, green and red, and while I did my best to avoid direct contact, could repeated accidental exposures have some responsibility?


Sounds like the blood that comes from a retina detachment, or possibly the vitreous separating from the retina.

I would see an eye doctor asap. My father just had this happen to him and he had tears in his retina. You don't want to wait to get it fixed.


They create scar tissue to prevent an actual tear. Still have the floaters, though.

Yup! Had the same issue. Go get it corrected now!
sounds like detached/ torn/ fucked up retina.

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If it is related to detatched retina, can it get worse, and can it be fixed safely? Could it have to do with burning lasers and thermite thermal burns on the retina?
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Originally Posted By Greenhorn:
Originally Posted By Gripy:
Originally Posted By SINCE_1829:
Originally Posted By Flindelaaf:
Originally Posted By Greenhorn:
For quite a while now I've had what I can only describe as dark smudges in my field of vision. A few are distinct spots, almost like tiny pinpricks, and others are like smears, but they're easily noticeable and annoying, and they don't change. They move slightly when I move my eyes, but when I stop moving my eyes they move back to their original position. They're not those little hairs you sometimes see, because these are fixed, nonchanging over the years. I also see a slight double-image above things. It's always there, but not always noticeable, but for example when I'm driving at night the road lines and road signs have a smear above them that is almost a distinct image. It's only a fraction of a degree, but it's still very annoying.

Has anyone else had this, and is there anything to do about it?

When I was younger I did play with high-powered lasers, in the 1-2mW range, colored infrared, violet, green and red, and while I did my best to avoid direct contact, could repeated accidental exposures have some responsibility?


Sounds like the blood that comes from a retina detachment, or possibly the vitreous separating from the retina.

I would see an eye doctor asap. My father just had this happen to him and he had tears in his retina. You don't want to wait to get it fixed.


Yup! Had the same issue. Go get it corrected now!
sounds like detached/ torn/ fucked up retina.


If it is related to detatched retina, can it get worse, and can it be fixed safely? Could it have to do with burning lasers and thermite thermal burns on the retina?

Could be wrong but I think if you don't get that fixed, you could lose your eyesight permanently.
Link Posted: 11/6/2015 12:12:13 AM EST
They can repair detached retinas but the longer it is detached the recovery suffers and yes it can get worse if untreated... worse as in blind.
Link Posted: 11/6/2015 12:13:34 AM EST
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Has anyone said Ebola yet?

If not, it's Ebola.

See a doctor dude.
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Originally Posted By BlackOpScottie:
Could be wrong but I think if you don't get that fixed, you could lose your eyesight permanently.
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Is it a worry if I've had this for at least the last 6-8 years? It might be worse than when I first really noticed it, but it's hard to remember. If I see an eye doctor, I want the doctor to be better than the last one I saw. I just don't know what kind of doctor to see.
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Originally Posted By Locke556:
Has anyone said Ebola yet?

If not, it's Ebola.

See a doctor dude.
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Calm down. Its most likely AIDS. He's got plenty of time.
Link Posted: 11/6/2015 12:23:08 AM EST
I had that with Lyme disease.

3.5 years of hell and antibiotics, I'm feeling pretty good!
Link Posted: 11/6/2015 12:23:30 AM EST
I suspect that any and all threads soliciting medical advice should receive the same response.







QUIT POSTING ON ARFCOM AND GO TO A DOCTOR.
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Originally Posted By SoCalJBT:
I suspect that any and all threads soliciting medical advice should receive the same response.







QUIT POSTING ON ARFCOM AND GO TO A DOCTOR.
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This.

Wayyyy this.
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Is it a worry if I've had this for at least the last 6-8 years? It might be worse than when I first really noticed it, but it's hard to remember. If I see an eye doctor, I want the doctor to be better than the last one I saw. I just don't know what kind of doctor to see.
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Originally Posted By Greenhorn:
Originally Posted By BlackOpScottie:
Could be wrong but I think if you don't get that fixed, you could lose your eyesight permanently.


Is it a worry if I've had this for at least the last 6-8 years? It might be worse than when I first really noticed it, but it's hard to remember. If I see an eye doctor, I want the doctor to be better than the last one I saw. I just don't know what kind of doctor to see.

I would be freaking out personally. I freak out over little shit like when I started getting floaters I thought I was going to go blind. Went to a eye doctor and told them what was happening. They did a good check and I was fine.

I would definitely find one you think would be better. Do a google search or something and find one with good reviews and go. Tell them you are worried about retina detachment and they will take care of you.
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Is it a worry if I've had this for at least the last 6-8 years? It might be worse than when I first really noticed it, but it's hard to remember. If I see an eye doctor, I want the doctor to be better than the last one I saw. I just don't know what kind of doctor to see.
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Originally Posted By Greenhorn:
Originally Posted By BlackOpScottie:
Could be wrong but I think if you don't get that fixed, you could lose your eyesight permanently.


Is it a worry if I've had this for at least the last 6-8 years? It might be worse than when I first really noticed it, but it's hard to remember. If I see an eye doctor, I want the doctor to be better than the last one I saw. I just don't know what kind of doctor to see.


Relax! You're not going to go blind overnight. It is most likely a retina tear or breakdown of the vitreous wall of the eye. Make an appointment with an eye doctor ASAP and he'll point you to an eye specialist .


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I would be freaking out personally.
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I would be freaking out personally.


Originally Posted By SINCE_1829:
Relax!


Heh, I just thought the contrast of those consecutive posts was funny.

I guess I've put it off for long enough. Things are busy and I don't know when they'll be less busy, but I guess I should look into finding a good local eye doctor. If it hasn't gotten worse, it certainly hasn't gotten better over the last 6-8 years.
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Heh, I just thought the contrast of those consecutive posts was funny.

I guess I've put it off for long enough. Things are busy and I don't know when they'll be less busy, but I guess I should look into finding a good local eye doctor. If it hasn't gotten worse, it certainly hasn't gotten better over the last 6-8 years.
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Originally Posted By BlackOpScottie:
I would be freaking out personally.


Originally Posted By SINCE_1829:
Relax!


Heh, I just thought the contrast of those consecutive posts was funny.

I guess I've put it off for long enough. Things are busy and I don't know when they'll be less busy, but I guess I should look into finding a good local eye doctor. If it hasn't gotten worse, it certainly hasn't gotten better over the last 6-8 years.


Hey... we're still not ruling out ebola.
Link Posted: 11/6/2015 12:54:26 AM EST
Listen up and DON'T BE A SCHMOE!

I have had two retinal detachments in my right eye.
I have had two retinal tears in my left eye.
I have had five eye operations.

I am an expert and it sounds like you have a retinal tear. Get to an experienced retinal surgeon at once. You could go blind. Trust me.

Link Posted: 11/6/2015 12:59:37 AM EST
Go to the Doctor.

I have learned much from ARFCOM and one of those things is to go to the Doctor.


Then post about this.
Tell us about the nurses etc...
Link Posted: 11/6/2015 1:02:06 AM EST
Ahh.....Floaters Something has been torn in your eye. Blood
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Listen up and DON'T BE A SCHMOE!

I have had two retinal detachments in my right eye.
I have had two retinal tears in my left eye.
I have had five eye operations.

I am an expert and it sounds like you have a retinal tear. Get to an experienced retinal surgeon at once. You could go blind. Trust me.

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Everyone seems to think it's a retinal tear, so I'll keep that in mind. What can cause retinal tears, and can they take a while to show signs?
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Like I said, I see floaters often, but what I'm seeing is something totally different. They look very different, and they're permanent.
Link Posted: 11/6/2015 1:08:27 AM EST
The time to see an opthomologist has passed. Get to an ER.

Don't gamble with your vision.
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Everyone seems to think it's a retinal tear, so I'll keep that in mind. What can cause retinal tears, and can they take a while to show signs?
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Originally Posted By FluffyTheCat:
Listen up and DON'T BE A SCHMOE!

I have had two retinal detachments in my right eye.
I have had two retinal tears in my left eye.
I have had five eye operations.

I am an expert and it sounds like you have a retinal tear. Get to an experienced retinal surgeon at once. You could go blind. Trust me.



Everyone seems to think it's a retinal tear, so I'll keep that in mind. What can cause retinal tears, and can they take a while to show signs?



As you get older, your vitreous dries up. And as it congeals, it can pop loose as a blob of tissue. And as it pops loose, it tugs at the retina which tears. As more vitreal tissue plops loose, the retina may detach completely.

Your symptoms are exactly what I experienced. Your retina could detach at any time. If you had any idea about the pain and suffering you are risking, you would drop everything this very minute and see a surgeon.
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Originally Posted By Variable556:


Go and see an opthamologist asap.

The moving "hairs" are called floaters. Those are no big deal, but the other symptoms sound like retina damage.

Also--- the double image at night above signs is highly likely astigmatism.
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Originally Posted By Greenhorn:
For quite a while now I've had what I can only describe as dark smudges in my field of vision. A few are distinct spots, almost like tiny pinpricks, and others are like smears, but they're easily noticeable and annoying, and they don't change. They move slightly when I move my eyes, but when I stop moving my eyes they move back to their original position. They're not those little hairs you sometimes see, because these are fixed, nonchanging over the years. I also see a slight double-image above things. It's always there, but not always noticeable, but for example when I'm driving at night the road lines and road signs have a smear above them that is almost a distinct image. It's only a fraction of a degree, but it's still very annoying.

Has anyone else had this, and is there anything to do about it?

When I was younger I did play with higher-powered lasers, in the ~1W range, colored infrared, violet, green and red, and while I did my best to avoid direct contact, could repeated accidental exposures have some responsibility?

Or for that matter, playing with thermite and magnesium?

I can't tell if it's getting worse over the years, but I kind of think it might be.


Go and see an opthamologist asap.

The moving "hairs" are called floaters. Those are no big deal, but the other symptoms sound like retina damage.

Also--- the double image at night above signs is highly likely astigmatism.


Yeah. If the dots don't move, I would actually go to a retinal specialist instead of a regular ophthalmologist.
Link Posted: 11/6/2015 1:29:15 AM EST
how old are you?

and the symptoms have been going on for 6-8 years, and are stable or getting worse, or something changed?

do you have any other medical conditions?

retinal detatchment usually have a veil or curtain effect, with flashes of light and sometimes a flood of floaters, but are usually acute and won't be stable for 6-8 years.

your description isn't clear, so not sure what timeline you are talking about.

if you are diabetic, it could be diabetic retinopathy and neovacularization

if you are in the 60's it could be age related macular degeneration

other than that, your description is too vague, however, it could be you are seeing your blood vessels in your eye are casting shadows on your retina, and depending on the aspect they are to your retina, they cast spots to shapes.



Link Posted: 11/6/2015 1:43:04 AM EST
Let me explain what you could be looking forward to:

When you show up at the hospital, the doctor will inject a gas bubble into your eye. This will pressurize your eyeball and this pressure will push against your retina in order to help put it back into place.

Then the next day the doctor will weld your retina back into place with a laser. The heat is unbelievable and the smell of burning tissue will sicken you and leave you thoroughly nauseated.

Then you will be confined to bed for three weeks or so and you will have to hold your head at an angle. The gas bubble dissapates and if you are lucky you will be fine.

But if your retina tears again--and it might, then you will need a buckle. The buckle is a band that holds your eyeball together. It also increases the pressure in your eye and puts you at risk for glaucoma.

Now trust me on this: The pain was worse than anything. I had kidney stones and that pain was mild compared to the installation of that buckle. The pain came from within my brain. The pure violent heat was like being inside an active volcano.

If you think I'm trying to scare you, then you are right. Just heed my warning and don't be an idiot.

Link Posted: 11/6/2015 1:43:30 AM EST
[Last Edit: 11/6/2015 1:44:41 AM EST by Greenhorn]
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Originally Posted By cm:
how old are you?

and the symptoms have been going on for 6-8 years, and are stable or getting worse, or something changed?

do you have any other medical conditions?

retinal detatchment usually have a veil or curtain effect, with flashes of light and sometimes a flood of floaters, but are usually acute and won't be stable for 6-8 years.

your description isn't clear, so not sure what timeline you are talking about.

if you are diabetic, it could be diabetic retinopathy and neovacularization

if you are in the 60's it could be age related macular degeneration

other than that, your description is too vague, however, it could be you are seeing your blood vessels in your eye are casting shadows on your retina, and depending on the aspect they are to your retina, they cast spots to shapes.



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Not diabetic, only 33 years old, as far as I can tell it's not getting worse, but I don't know that for sure - it might be gradually getting worse, no flashes of light and no more floaters than usual, no other medical conditions, I dunno what to make of it.
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