Continuous Floaters, Dark pressure spots,distortions,shadows and other vision problems..

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Hey, first of all sorry if this may be long but after years of chronic suffering due to my vision and headaches I've resorted into finding a new audience to help me. PLEASE take time to read this if you can even though I will seem like such a difficult case I am going through.

So I'm a 17 year old French male currently living in Kenya. About 7 years ago I began noticing that I could not see properly in the centre of my RIGHT eye. It's kind of like a tiny spot of distortion or the spot you get when looking at a bright light but really tiny. I had my first eye exam and nothing seemed to be out of the usual, apart that I could not read from short distances with my right eye because of this spot in the middle. After numerous eye exams following that first year they eventually gave me glasses which I found useless as they never seemed to do any help. I eventually gave up decided to ignore it.. NOTE there was no problem with my left and naturally I can still see with both my eyes as my left eye takes more of the control now

In 2012 (12 years old) I was involved in an explosion in which debris ended flying in my eyes. I was taken for surgery and the debris were removed. One year later after that I started developing floaters. These floaters gradually increased for the year and eventually went back to the orphamologist. We addressed the retina and any other thing that could be a cause but nothing came up. Once AGAIN I decided to ignore it and try to live my life ignoring these floaters and this spot in the middle of my right eye.

One year later again, around 2014 I began developing flashes and pressure spots in my eyes, meaning when I turn my eye left, right, up or down to the maximum a "pressure spot" that looks like the one you get when you press your finger in the eye began showing. There was also a sort of "dark tear"that appeared in my vision when I pulled of the skin under my eyes down .This is when we decided to go to France to see a doctor. Once again the doctors said there was no problem with my retina or anything out of the usual. We then went to Dubai. There they discovered that there was a burn under my the retina of my right eye that could have been caused by looking at the sun when I was younger. Apart from that no problem with the retina. The doctor there told me that this was not fixable unless they came up with some sort of stem cell treatment in the future. He told me to ignore the floaters and not to focus on them.

So I did for the next few years (2015-2016)

It was not until 2015 that I began having tension headaches at the back of my head. We visited numerous doctors to check for what could be the cause and did several tests ,MRI, eer, all the ones you would normally do. Nothing. We visited neurogists and they investigated the problems with my eyes and said it could be linked to that.

It wasn't until last year that I started devlopping blurry vision when I blink and distortion when I quickly move my eyes around.

I'm currently living with chronic floaters, flashes, halos around lights, dark pressure spots when looking left, right up or down to maximum, light curtain veil at the bottom of my vision, strobes and distortion in the peripheral vision at times and blurry vision when blinking. As well as chronic tension headaches. ALL THE SYMPTOMS of retinal detachment yet no retinal detachment or signs of it.

Now I know that my story is complicated and there are many gaps but I honeslty don't know how to describe it any better. These problems have brought me so much anxiety and depression over the years because of being constantly told there's nothing even though I am still experiencing these things and vision is not something that can be ignored. It has given me social anxiety and made it difficult for me to learn as Im not able to focus without thinking about these things. Vision is there with you every single time wherever you go and being told to ignorebthese things is quite hard. I've reached a point where I'm having weird thoughts because I can imagine my vision getting worse everyday just like it has for the past 7 years and I search my symptoms on the internet and nothing comes up related to what I have.

Maybe I'm just one of those people with a unique case and maybe it just can't fix.

If there is someone who has read until here and has heard of similar problems or cases please help, your views would be appreciated.

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    I feel that you should be reviewed by a neuro ophthalmologist. Not sure where you are baswdat the mo. If you are in the UK then you may like to contact Moorfields Eye Hospital, London as they have an enquiry/helpline plus lots of leaflets on various eye conditions. The only way to get properly assessedis to see an eye specialist.

    Technology changes over time and the appropriate eye specialist would be at the cutting edge of such technology and knowledge.

    Hope this helps.

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    I really feel for you and totally agree how worrying eye problems can be. Like you say they are with you all the time. I have a hole in my retina and I am constantly paranoid I'm seeing new floaters or my vision is getting worse.

    How is your general health? Your diet, sleep pattern, are you happy? All these things can impact on your life. Stress makes it worse too. I would try and take each day as it comes (hard I know), and document everything that makes the eyes worse and better. I really think you could do with seeing a retinal sprecialist or at least a dilated through examination.

    Let me know how you get on.

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    I have had flashing arcs after a hit to my eye for 10 years. I feel your pain! I've also had shadowing that lasted a couple weeks and went away. Doctors see.nothing amd.won't treat me! I feel like I am sliding into a downward spiral of depression because of this. 10 years after my eye got hit hard and I still suffer constantly with hundreds of the's flashing arcs per day! It used to happen mostly when I blink but now when I go from light to dark it flashes by itself. Please private message me if you wish. It sounds like we both suffer from a similar condition. My life completely sucks now because of this. Oh, docs say vitreous tracrion, blah blah blah, no treatment available!

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      Have you asked for  second opinion. Sorry to hear this it is very hard for you.

      Sometimes another hospital may havedifferent ideas about treatment and prognosis .Keep strong.

       

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      Hi. I've been to 2 retinal specialists and 4 eye doctors over 10 years. They all see nothing wrong and say vitreous traction. I'm so tired from this and can't work anymore. Don't know what else to say. Have hundreds of flashes per day. I hate waking up. Thanks for replying.

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      LOri I do not know where you are bsed so it makes it difficut to advise you. Haveu heard of Moorfields eye  hospital? It is a world fmous hospital NHS in London . I think they have clinics inother countries too.
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    I too have the "pressure" spots in my eyes when looking to the right, left or up. I also have a shadowy- pressure spot at the bottom of my vision near my nose, that grows if I yawn or widen my eyes.

    Unfortunately I have not gotten an answer. I have seen every doctor and all my test came back normal.

    If you have any questions please feel free to message me.

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    I really feel for you, eye problems are horrible and naturally cause a great deal deal of anxiety - I know this from personal experience. I don't really know what to advise, especially with you currently being in Kenya as I have no idea what the eye care is like there. I do know, however, that anxiety can make many physical symptoms A LOT worse. Some people who suffer from anxiety even experience problems with their vision soley as a symptom of the anxiety. I, myself, suffer from anxiety and am I sure that it makes it significantly harder for me to ignore my eye symptoms (floaters, flashes). I have been referred for CBT to help with the anxiety and also have been prescribed medication (although I haven't yet taken this as I am a bit dubious). I am hoping that by getting the anxeity under control, my physical symptoms will reduce or that I will at least find it easier to live with them. Obviosuly, this is speculative at the moment, but I'll let you know how I get on. Just a thought anyway, but you might want to focus on getting some help for your anxiety for the time being to see if that makes things easier. All the best x

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      Hi Cara

      That's so interested to read. I've got a hole in my retina. And was told by a homeopath that my aniexty ( that I've suffered from for a long time). Will have caused it. I won't take anti depressants- I'm try the organic route but it's slow.

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      I know anxiety, in itself, is not supposed to be harmful. However, prolonged stress is known to take its toll on the body and anxiety can cause a stress response in the body which can become chronic when left untreated over time. There are literally hundreds of symptoms of stress & anxiety, most of which do not actually cause any harm. I am sure that over time though, the prolonged stress from anxiety can cause physical issues.

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    Hi @Wann24321

    Did you ever figure out your issues? I have your problems to a T. I have all those problems, and also I see daily small exploding spots that vanish after a few seconds. I'm told its all headache related.

    How are you? I guess things are still the same/or not. Let me know if your eyes check out OK or if they discovered any eye problems I'd love to know. Tc

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