Scared if I have eye problems

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Hi. I've been having eye problems from as long as I can remember. I visit my optician every 6 months (as I have glasses) and I usually get my glasses changed by a little bit. I haven't had any sudden vision loss... But I've been seeing sports and flashes whenever I look at a bright light then look to the side. I've also been having these auras at school. I'm not sure wether they are migraines with aura or ocular migraines etc. I am also quite sensitive to light; when taking a photo outside I squinty a lot.

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    What does your optician have to say about this? Has he measured the eye pressure?

     

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      I visit my optician every 6 months or so... Is the pressure checked in a normal checkup or do I have to state my symptoms to them?
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      Melissa Have you discussed all this with your parents?

      ​I would suggest that you seek the assistance of an ophthalmologist if you are experiencing flashes of light as well as floaters .

      ​Whether your eye presure has been measured is a quation that only upur optician can answer.

      As with most conditions should any of the signs and symptoms change or worsen the best advice one can give in my honest opinion is to inform  the person(s) responsible for the management of your care.

       

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    I concur with Jane, arrange an appointment with your optician and tell them of your concerns, they will give you a comprehensive eye exam (it won't hurt in any way). If they find anything wrong they can refer you to an opthamologist.

    Don't be scared, most eye problems can be fixed.

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      Thank you James! You and Jane reassured me and I'll make sure to arrange an appointment. I hope there's nothing wrong though...

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      melissa I am sorry but I am wondering why you have not already been back to the optician or to the emergency eye walkin clinic attached to most eye hospitals. If u do not have one in your area then you cn always ring the helpline at the eye hospital I am sure that thye wil advise you to go down straightaway.

      No one wishes to scare you but your eyesight is precious.

      ​I can empathise with your fears becaaause albeit I trained as a nurse I was scared stiff of going to see the ophthalmologist because I was petrified ofhearing bad news.

      ​However he held myhand  as I sat there having my eyes examined under the slit lamp.He diagnosed dry eye syndrome with concretions.

      He removed these under the slit lamp and the relief from the throbbing was immediate albeit I had to have this procedure repeatd as there were so many eye concretions and some were mbedded under the upper eyelid.

      It was worth it. It was not a painful procedure as the dr will always instill local anaeshetic eye drops .

      Your signs and symptoms could be ue to several causes BUT in reality the only way to establish the cause is to see an expert ineyes. I suggest the ophthalmologist rather than an optician for the simple reason that if any immediate treatment needs instigating the ophthalmologist has all the facilities and equipment immediately availablee.

      Pleeasee get your eyes attended to, sorry to be pushy.

      Take care and do not be afraid.  xxxxx

      Sadkwith my chin resting on the edge, not because i was

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      Thanks for your help Jane. This did reassure me but I'm still really scared... Is there a high risk of having an eye condition?? I have told my parents about this and they said it's normal... I don't think so. It drives me nuts! Should I wait till my next eye appointment in June? And can these flashes and floaters be asscociated with migraines with aura? It runs down in my family but I'm not sure about retinal detachment and other eye conditions similar to that...

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      melissa I am assuming that you are in the US.

      I understand tht  you  are complaining of spots and flashes of light.

      These need investigating.

      ​I do not know your age, what othr conditions you have or what medication(s) you are prescribed. It is difficult but what I do  now is what you yourself already know tthat  you need to see a specialist like - yesterday.

      FLOATERS.

      The im[ortance of getting your eyes examined is to see why you may have floaters. No ne can just say oh they are  normal I have them!

      I have epilepsy and after seizures  the  floaters go worse. The eye hospitalhas stressed to me that if tthey do go owrse or I  have any flashing light that I must go down there urgently to have my retina checked.

      I am scared too but know that if I do go to  the hospital that I  am safe because I have been checked by experts who know what they are talking about. Some things can be debated til the cows come home ,some  need sorting out pdq. This is one  of them. Sorry but you did not mention  tics or headaches etc to me.However even if youare  experiencingthese they too should beinvestigated properly.

      Please resist taking any medications that may cloud  the picture or increaseyour signs and symptoms until you have seen the appropriate specialist of course. I would never  advise anyone to take any medication especially a benzodiazepine as not only  are they highly addictive but can  caause some very  unpleasant side effects.

       

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    Hi Melissa,

    I have Autism also been noticeably suffering with my tics including eye twitches that are totally frustrating which are triggered by my intense agressive tension headaches as I somehow have extreme excessive energy inside my nerve endings in my brain therefore it is known to be excess chemicals as it's almost like I have loads of electrical surges if that's any help its completely bizzare I know although these may have something to do with my 3large toe ablated operations which massively distracted my sleep unfortunately I had more chronic headaches as this also happen to be caused by anxiety or even stress related scenarios, luckwise as of now my amazing gp suggested to use  diazepam to help with my headaches that's more effective just by taking 2mg as diazepam can be totally addictive then once increasing diazepam long term it won't be as beneficial, I've discovered herbal remedies as I'm massively hooked up on camomile lavendar drinks too. As for the repetitive frustrating eye ticks baclofen is a muscle relaxant that I take 3times a day in order to feel better, However I have prescription glasses that are good but as a certainty I'm totally sensitive to a large variation of bright flashing lights also I have blackout curtains which are amazing. I totally sympathise as these somehow seem to have a negative impact on us healthwise ay!

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    Hi Melissa,

    I have Autism also been noticeably suffering with my tics including eye twitches that are totally frustrating which are triggered by my intense agressive tension headaches as I somehow have extreme excessive energy inside my nerve endings in my brain therefore it is known to be excess chemicals as it's almost like I have loads of electrical surges if that's any help its completely bizzare I know although these may have something to do with my 3large toe ablated operations which massively distracted my sleep unfortunately I had more chronic headaches as this also happen to be caused by anxiety or even stress related scenarios, luckwise as of now my amazing gp suggested to use  diazepam to help with my headaches that's more effective just by taking 2mg as diazepam can be totally addictive then once increasing diazepam long term it won't be as beneficial, I've discovered herbal remedies as I'm massively hooked up on camomile lavendar drinks too. As for the repetitive frustrating eye ticks baclofen is a muscle relaxant that I take 3times a day in order to feel better, However I have prescription glasses that are good but as a certainty I'm totally sensitive to a large variation of bright flashing lights also I have blackout curtains which are amazing. I totally sympathise as these somehow seem to have a negative impact on us healthwise ay! If it's any consilation why don't you go back to the doctos or opticians to get more advice, they should be able to help you or even advise you with new medication for your eyes.... I'm forever going back to my gps, they are extremely helpful when I need them the most. apparently not to scare you but initially twitching squinty eyes can effect your eyesight in theory morally your entitled to go back also shouldn't expect you to suffer either there must be some alternative help or treatment for you

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