Large dark gray line in my left eye. What should i do?

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This is happened out of nowhere. I was walking on the street and next thing i know, there was a large grey line in my eye where I cannot see anything. 

I tried to flush out the eye with cold water but there was no effect. If I closed my right eye and only looked through my left, I cannot see the laptop screen but can see the keyboard. It seems whatever I try to focus on, the dark grey line covers it and i cannot see. 

Its the evening right now and I know most eye doctor offices are closed so I was wondering if I should wait till tommarrow or go to the emergency room. 

If any of you experienced this, can you let me know how it went. 

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    My floaters are grey.

    Go to Dr in the AM First thing!

    It could be many different things. A small blood vessel leak etc

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    Go to an emergency.  Call around and see what hospitals have an eye Dr on call.  Maybe a retinal tear.   Please go, as I was delayed treatment by a secretary at a Drs office and I have permanent vision loss.  
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    Hi, John - so sorry to hear about that!  Did you have laser surgery recently?  Are you in the US or UK?  If the US and you have a good ER at a hospital near you, I'd say go there. I don't know how it is in the UK if you live there.

    Let us know what you decide and what you are told. Sure hope it's something that can be cleared right away. So sorry I cannot be of more help, since I've never experienced that (I have not had laser surgery for a retina tear yet - that's coming up in a couple of weeks).

    If you decide to wait until tomorrow, try and relax, drink some herbal tea and go to bed.  Will send good thoughts your way.

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      I went to the ER in the US and they said that I have central serous which means that there is fluid under the retina of the eye. 

      They said that it should resolve on its own but made a appointment with an opthamologist first thing tommarrow just in case. 

      Thank you all. Good to know there is some good people out there.

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      Glad you went to ER. Do let us know what the ophthalmologist says. I guess it depends on how much fluid there is under the retina- if you have a line showing, it is definitely worth checking. 

      Best of luck, John - let's hope it is something simple and easy to take care of!

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    I went to the ER in the US and they said that I have central serous which means that there is fluid under the retina of the eye. 

    They said that it should resolve on its own but made a appointment with an opthamologist first thing tommarrow just in case. 

    Thank you all. Good to know there is some good people out there.

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      Please let me know how you made out. I will tell you my story later.  Do not let this go. Cheryl
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    Hi John

    so sorry to hear of your issue. Only spotted your post there this morning. It sounded like a retinal tear or the start of a detachement to me but Im glad you got a proper diagnosis. Hopefully it will resolve without any intervention but do go back if you feel any degree of change. Our eyes are so precious we cannot afford to take any chances. I made the fatal mistake of putting a lot of faith in an Ophtamologist who had done laser eye surgery on me, I woke up one morning with what felt like a fly in my eye and she diagnosed me by phone and said it was a PVD and nothing to be concerned about. How trusting of me was it to believe any doctor could diagnose an eye problem on the phone so if you have any doubts make sure you are seen to.

    Keep in touch, best of luck

    Trip

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    OK, so my opthamologist concluded it was something different. He and his other colleague said that I had a mini-stroke in my retina. He said that there was a small blood clot and therefore, a small part of the reitna could not recieve oxygen. 

    He took pictures and showed it to be. In the bad eye, the area that was deprived of oxygen was white while the rest of the eye and my healthy eye look organish, flesh color. 

    Now, they took my blood and I have to go to about 3 more tests becuase they didn't know what caused this as I don't have diabetes or high blood pressure and am a young adult. 

    Please share your story Cheryl. Thank you all

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      I am older 64, but had good vision in both eyes. I was told I had early signs of macular degeneration and a cataract in my right eye that would grow quickly. I went every few months to have my eye checked. I woke up at 4 AM and my eye was clouded over. I called two hospitals and they did not have a eye specialist and said to call my ophthalmologist when they opened.  I called and was told by the scheduler she would get me in. After five calls in two days I asked her to talk to the Dr or I was going to just show up. She put me on hold then came back and said that he said I should keep my appointment for the next week and don't worry. Stupidly I waited until the next week as I figured it was the cataract I was warned about. When I got into his office he said Why didn't you call me. This is serious. I told him what happened and he apologized and said I would get a call from the owner. The schedular lied to get rid of me.   I was rushed to surgery, as I had a hemorrhage behind my retina. It was too late to save my frontal vision. The iron in our blood is apparently toxic to the retina. Then two months later I had a detachment and another bleed. Lost more frontal vision. Then three week later my cataract completely clouded over and I had to have it replaced and there was also another bleed.  That was Sept 2016. No bleeds since.  It took months to drive again as my depth perception was so bad I would stop at stop signs twenty feet back. Am ok now but could have kept my vision in that eye if treated earlier.  The bad eye also has a permanently dialated pupid and it opens more in the sun instead of closing. Optic nerve was damaged during last surgery from laser. I need sun glasses outside unless dark out. I probably could sue but there is no cure for this. I live in N Y State and it would probably take ten years to settle and loads of aggravation. Plus there is no fix for the retina. Need to move on. Thank God we have two eyes and the other eye is good. I hate to see this happen to anyone so always insist find a Dr even if in the middle of the night. Most hospitals have no eye people on staff.  Sad. I should not be legally blind in my right eye. Keep up on this and if you get worse or get black dots or spider wed looking debris in your eye or a look of a curtain opening and closing get immediate help. Good luck and keep in contact. 

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    Hi, John - so glad you went to your eye doctor and go through those tests!  Most likely then it is nothing super serious and something that, perhaps, can be remedied relatively quickly.  Keep us posted when you do find out more.

    Best wishes!

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    So, I took a blood test, echo on my heart, and ultrasound on my carotid artery of the neck. The doctors determined that everything came back negative and they don't know what caused this small blood clot in the eye. 

    However, after a number of eye exams, they said my vision did get better overall and that the small white color part of the eye which was deprived of oxygen is less whiter than before meaning that some oxygen is getting through now. I have to go back in 2 weeks for another appt. 

    Hopefully, it would be good news. 

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