Floating Cloud in Vision (Darts around when I move my eye)

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I’m kind of having a panic attack over a new condition that recently started in my left eye. This eye has a history of cataract surgery (2007), YAG laser (2013), and PP Vitrectomy (2013). I went to see my ophthalmologist about this new issue yesterday but he said everything looks fine & he doesn’t see any floaters in the eye. I’m not even sure if what I’m experiencing is technically a floater or not but basically there’s a fuzzy cloud in my eye that darts around whenever I move my eye. It’s a very disturbing sensation and at times feels like my vision is jittering or twitching whenever I move the eye around. I think the jittering sensation might just be because the cloudy substance moves so quickly that it creates the illusion of moving/vibrating vision but I could be wrong...

Basically when I look forward (staring ahead with no eye movements) I don’t notice any cloud or issue with the eye but whenever I look to the right a cloud appears & darts to the left (opposing the direction of eye movement into my peripheral vision). I will admit this problem has happened before (immediately after YAG laser in 2013) but it went away after 2 days or so. It’s been a long time since my eye behaved like this (and thankfully I know it went away before) so hopefully it’ll go away on its own after some more time. I’m just scared it’ll be permanent this time & the fact the Doctor couldn’t see anything when I was dilated bothers me. Has anyone experienced something similar or have any words of wisdom for a soon father-to-be worried about his future?

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    I'll also add that moving the eye vertically (up & down) doesn't seem to create any issues. It's only the horizontal (left & right) movements that cause the cloud to be noticeable and in motion.

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      Youre describing exactly what I have had since my posterior vitreous detachment. I think it´s that part of the vitreous is still attached because it´s so consistent.

      That´s just my personal guess with my own eyes. Surgeons say it is a floater. I don´t know that they can see all floaters or every vitreous detachment on examination in the office.

      It has improved a little over the months because I know I won´t do anything about it so my brain has to filter it out.

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      Oh wow! At least it has improved somewhat. Did you by chance get the YAG laser capsulotomy?

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      No,no YAG yet.

      Glad it went away....the hand stand idea is an interesting one! In addition to reversing gravity, it also increases the pressure inside your eye. So tell the retinologist all of the story.

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    Yes, it does sound like PVD. Ive had this since end of July 2019

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      Very interesting! I'm going to do more research on PVD's since I'm not too familiar with them. I wonder though (since I had a vitrectomy surgery in 2013) if it's still possible for me to even have this condition since my vitreous fluid was removed

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      I read the operation notes from my vitrectomy surgery in 2013 and apparently the doctor was able to induce a posterior vitreous detachment during the operation. Does anyone know what this means or if it could be related to my new issue? It literally feels like I have a giant white glob, similar to vaseline, stuck in my eye (I'm still amazed my opthalmologist couldn't see anything on the exam). I'm also thinking about going to a retinal doctor soon to get another opinion. Am I a wimp for calling in sick to work today? Literally just balling my eyes out at home over this problem - and I rarely cry over anything 😕

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      No you are not a wimp! I was and still am depressed about this condition because it truly is debilitating. I describe it as a blob as well. I find it strange that you would be experiencing this after already having had vitrectomy years ago. Definitely schedule an appt with a RS. Keep us posted. Good luck!

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      Well I think god might be on my side today because the blob finally went away. I got an idea to do a hand stand for about 30 seconds (to try & move things around with buoyancy) and shortly after the blob vanished! It did return after about an hour though (but only for a minute or two) and when it went away again I noticed the blob sort of converted into a large black floater which then moved out into my peripheral vision. I can't help but feel like this annoying blob was just caused by a regular floater that was just positioned in a specific way that created a vaseline sensation. I also notice now that my eye feels a bit sore but it could just be in my head. What still perplexes me is that my ophthalmologist saw zero floaters on my eye exam 2 days ago. I will probably still go visit a retinal person to make sure everything is okay

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