Irritated eye, pain around it, seeing strange things.

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I've had an irritated eye for quite some time now. Over a month, actually. I went to an optician about it, but he couldn't find anything wrong. It kind of feels dry a lot of the time and hurts randomly. 

I also see strange things. When I'm resting on my bed, stuff that wasn't there in my field of vision before suddenly just pops up. e.g. crack in the wall. I'm watching tv, and suddenly I just notice it again. Sometimes, my vision turns black for an instant and is normal again. Its annoying me a lot.

What could this possibly be? I'm certain that its not an infection since I've had it for over a month, and I've seen an optician about it. I don't think its a detached retina either, since I don't have a lot of the other symptoms, although at one point in time during the last month I did see an instance of a flashing light and had 3 sharp, quickly passing pains in my eyes in the span of a few seconds. However, they haven't shown up again. I'm pretty worried right now. Please help.

 

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    Opticians are not specialists, you need to go to an eye clinic at the hospital for a proper check up
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    Hi Yang

    From what you say, it could be dry eye syndrome.  Do you spend a lot of time looking at screens?  Phone, computer, tv, driving.  Try buying some artificial tears from the local pharmacy.  You don't need to spend a lot, just buy the generic version [no name, Tesco's own or similar]

    Opticians aren't medically qualified but they are sufficiently well qualified to examine eyes & report to an Ophthalmologist & they can refer you to the eye clinic.

    ?Everything that you describe, could be serious or, it could be caused by dry eyes.

     

    If you don’t want to go back to the optician & ask more questions, including for a referral, then go you your GP & ask the questions there.  Perhaps it would be worth trying some artificial tears while you wait to see someone.

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      Dry eyes can actually be quite serious for some people and can require more then drops.
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      There is no point in seeing a Dr as they just refer you to the eye clinic, it is very important to look after one's eyes and not try to guess what is wrong, The reason I advised going to the eye clinic is because they can prescribe the correct eye drops, I had shingles 4 months ago and have bee n visiting the eye clinic for dry eyes in the last few weeks, They also test the eye pressure and if that is incorrect they give different eye drops with steroid in,rather  than the ordinary ones,

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    yes dry eyes could be the problem but also wondering about migraine. Might sound mad but sometimes I've had visual disturbance and no headache. Headache might follow much later. Do you have a history of migraine?

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      I'll endorse that.

      I get migraine with visual disturbances when patches of my vision disappear for short periods. Like you, it is followed by a mild but very specfic type of headache.

      Sometimes I get one where the vision is broken up by dancing lights and rotating images. The vision thing is always followed by the very distinctive kind of light headache that lasts a couple of days

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      I honestly don't think that I have had a migraine that causes eye irritation and vision problems in one eye for over a month.

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      I had it daily for a long time. Granted I have auto immune disorder. You'd be surprised to know how migraine can be. Depends on underlying problem. Never know with long term symptoms like that. 

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    I realise there are a great many different reasons for Yang's situation . I would also say that I am not a doctor but I do know that where I live, for example, there isn't a walk in eye clinic or emergency centre near to me, for example.  That is one reason for suggesting that Yang goes to see his GP because the GP would know the system where he lives.

    We don't, for example, know which country Yang lives in.

     

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      Well he can get information, i think there will be somewhere he can see an eye Dr , i think quite a few hospitals have them,
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    Yang, are you in the UK?

     

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      Thank you Yang, I don't know the system in Singapore.

      Do you have walk in eye clinics, like they do in London?  Somewhere like that might help you.

      If your eyes are very dry, then that might trigger a migraine, which if left untreated, can last for some time.

      I also have an autoimmune disease in my eye & use various drops, including lubricating eye drops, which help to make my eyes feel more comfortable.

      Good luck Yang.

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