Retinal tears/detachment

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Hello,

If someone help me with similar case like

mine I would be more then grateful.

In May this year (2019) I started to develop like a arc like flash in my left eye and it's only happening in dim light or evening. I went to the doctor (3 doctors) and they said that my retina is nice and healthy beside the fact that I am high myopic (-9 with -3 astigmatism left and -6 with -2 astigmatism right). Yesterday I went to the opticians because my symptoms didn't settle down and again nothing it's wrong, I also have floters and transparent lines when I am in a light room or plain white wall, but those I had them since primary school. I am very anxious that I will loose my vision. Can someone help me with their advice how to get over this? If I don't have retinal tears, vitreous detachment then what can this be?

many thanks,

Suzana

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    Hi Suzana - None of us in this forum are medical professionals so it's hard to give you a specific diagnosis. Did any of the eye doctors you saw talk to you about the vitreous fluid and how it eventually separates from our retinas as we age? If this is happening to you, it could explain the floaters and lines you see in lighted rooms. You might also want to explore "visual snow" - a very unique symptom that patients experience but eye doctors are pretty clueless about. It doesn't sound like this is what you have though. Try not too worry. If you have a sudden flurry of floaters, if you see something like a curtain coming down (or piece of your vision missing), many flashing lights then do see a doctor asap. Keep us all posted!

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      Thank you for your reply. I know that on this website it's only information and not a doctor view but i went to the doctors and there is nothing wrong and just wanted to share my experience with people who might have the same issues and maybe they found it out going to others specialists.

      All the best,

      Suzana

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      Sharing your experience helps others on this forum, so thank you for doing that! I was also wondering if you might consider going to see your regular doctor and ask him/her to exam you after explaining the symptoms you are having. It's possible you're suffering from a migraine type of headache. I mentioned visual snow, because I have this symptom. My vision at times is like watching a television screen with lots of pixels. I noticed this when I reached my 30's. My eye doctors never knew what I was talking about because their tests always indicate that everything is fine.

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      Thank you for your reply. I discussed with the eye doctor regarding the migraine aura and headaches and it's not that. Now i have in my right eye the same symptoms.

      They can't find anything so I suppose I have to wait till retina detachment to show them that i really have something. If they couldn't find anything then who? That's why i share my experience on this forum maybe there are people who have same experience like mine. I am anxious that I will loose my sight. That thought it's terrifying 😦(.

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    so I am very myopic, much worse than you and when it is dark if I move my head too quick , I get a small yellow semicircle flash. I get the floaters in the day and night too. It is something that I put up with and everyone who is very myopic puts up with. As long as you get your retinas checked regularly and they are fine, there is no need to panic. I get mine checked every couple of years or if I am having more floaters than normal. The worst I have been told in regards to this is I have vitreous detachment which is very common amongst those who have high myopia. Apparently when you reach old age it is supposed to get better. Don't do any high impact sports or bungee jumping, that puts your retinas at risk.

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      Hi,

      Thank you for your reply. This is very helpful. You actually described the same what I experienced. Went to 3 doctors plus the opticians and my eye is very healthy, also I know what vitreous detachment is but they didn't say that I have that so I have no clue. Hopefully I won't experience a retinal tear or detachment as I am so scared. Thinking to have laser eye surgery in the future but it's so expensive 😦(.

      Thank you so so much

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    Typically it is once the flashes of light have stopped that you want to have your eyes checked. The flashes indicate that it is still attached, when it tugs is when you get the flashes. So as long as you are still having the flashes then is it still adhered in that spot.  Every doctor is different but I would get them checked a few weeks after the flashes stop unless you have a change in vision. Many times if you get a retinal detachment and see change in vision it will be like a black curtain hanging. When you get them checked after the flashes stop, I would get a retina OCT. They can dilate and look in your eye but this is much easier for them to see if there is a detachment. I am a paraoptometric, I obviously can not diagnose  over a forum , and I am not a doctor, but I am happy to give you my thoughts and opinions if you have questions. Best of Luck!
    
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