Eye/Vision problem.

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It all started when one day I noticed a quite a few floaters[Greyish/black in color and somewhat big]. I'd never really had any lingering ones before but I didn't think much of it. A few days later I noticed, as best as I can explain it, looked like lights flickering in vision. I initially thought it only happened under artificial lighting but I now have seen it in natural lighting/dimness as well. The best way I can describe it is that when I move my eyes say up/down/left or right (I've never seen it happen while my eyes were still AS FAR AS I AM AWARE) I notice this, what I know to be, blackness it sometimes only takes up a small amount of vision but some times it takes up most of it,central and peripheral, it only lasts for a SPLIT second and it happens in BOTH eyes. I've included a picture with an example of what it looks like for the split second it happens. http://oi61.tinypic.com/2hfjp12.jpg When the black "flicker" appeared I went and got my eyes tested and other than needing a new pair of prescription glasses (which I haven't gotten yet) they didn't find anything to worry about. The eye test took a while and they dilated my pupils which didn't go back to normal for around 48 hours and i had lingering side effects it seemed, for example my right eye for 3-4 days after just felt.. weird, that's the only way i can describe it.Other symptoms I have been experiencing which may or not be connected is, slight fatigue, my eyes seem to be bloodshot, and when I stare at things, aka a blank wall or busy pattern it kind of feels like my eyes are seeing static or shaking violently like as in it almost seems like my eyesight is vibrating with a ton of little dots i can notice it almost ALWAYS. I also experience this in dark or dim rooms[also is perfectly lit rooms] it looks like thousands of slightly visible white dots are moving, also can be described as static. It is starting to freak me out more and more. I also sometimes wake up with a little bit of clear mucus on my eyes.

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    Are you in the US?  I only ask because I don't know how the health system works there.

    Some years ago, I was aware of large black floaters in one eye.  My Optometrist told me to go to A&E - the ER in America - because I should see an Ophthalmologist [an eye doctor]

    I would suggest that you ought to see a doctor who specialises in eyes and, sooner rather than later.

     

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    Floaters are very common and in themselves aren't usually a problem, they're just annoying. www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Floaters/Pages/Causes.aspx

    It sounds like your Optometrist had a good look to check for any more serious signs when they dilated your eyes. However if you've had new symptoms since that check then it would be worth speaking to the Optometrist when you go and collect your glasses and see if they want to examine you again or consider referring you to an Opthalmologist.

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    Are you on any medications as certain ones can cause eye problems. Opticians do not have as good equipment as Eye departments at hospitals. I've twice had problems found at hospital one potentially serious that opticians had not picked up.

    Most UK hospitals have an emergency eye clinic that you can contact by phone. Recently I did that and explained my problem to a nurse who got me an appoinment for the next day.

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    Opticians/Optometrists are not medically qualified, which some people don't seem to realise.

    Ophthalmologists are the eye experts, they are medically qualified doctors.

     

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