Vision problem - nondiagnosed

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Hi all

Wondering if someone could advise / recommend / help.

So basically in October 2016, I had a black out, no real reason why, I'm fit and healthy otherwise and have since then seen a consultant at the hospital who has advised its to do with blood pressure, although I'm not happy with this at all.

Since October, my vision has been different.

I have also passed two eye tests and apart from a minor prescription one ophthalmologist found but recommended against, I passed and both times commented on my vision was really good.

However, and since October (maybe before hand, but had not noticed them) but I have floaters in my eyes. But I can see these floaters, I recognise they are floaters, but there is also black spots over my vision, I can see through them but I can see them there as well as the floaters. In the mornings particularly my eyes do ache. I have also noticed that on looking at the sky/white screen, there are a lot of areas of my vision where it is almost like electrical currents, tiny ones, going across my vision. These symptoms are on top of seeing the floaters. I also find sometimes reading text that I almost have to re-adjust to read the text as I go across the words. And I have found that my eyes are more sensitive to light, especially sometimes where I've looked at bright light/the sun, I find that the after effect of still seeing the light in the vision is still there.

As noted, the ophthalmologists have checked my eyes, retina and everything else they could have but no problems of note.

I've been to the doctors several times and still nothing at all, more so waiting on the consultants at the hospital to finish their stage of discharging me once I have had a tilt test for my blood pressure, due in June.

Has anyone experienced these symptoms / can advise / help in anyway?

?Mat

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    Have any of the consultants mentioned a 'vitreous detachment'? This is where the jelly like substance in your eye (vitreous humour) pulls against your retina and can cause light flashes and sometimes a swarm of floaters (debris of cells). If the retina hasn't become detached then you should be ok, but be aware of any shadows or progressing blackness across your vision as these are signs of a retinal detachment and the quicker you get it attended to the better.

    I had frequent light effects like you described (electric currents) in the top corner of my eye for over 10 years and none of the specialists I went to could find anything wrong. In February this year I got a retinal detachment in my right eye, whether this had anything to do with the flickering light effects nobody could tell me. I had surgery and my eyesight is now fine.

    So don't panic but keep an eye (sorry) out and if the symptoms worsen or any signs of shadows or curtain coming down effects get help ASAP.

    Let us know how you get on.

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      Thank you James, really appreciate your comments.

      None of them have mentioned anything to be honest, my GP doctors gave me eye drops! But they have not done anything at all and nor do I think that is the problem anyway!

      The Ophthalmologists have checked over and over for any retinal detachment and there is no problem at all.

      I'm due the tilt test in June for my blood pressure, although again I know my blood pressure is not an issue and did not tie in why I had the black out, but again, that's probably a different issue and after the tilt test, that will confirm or disprove their diagnosis. 

      However, I work on computers all day, quite an artistic job I have, so colour/detail is high on my list, it's not causing a problem to stop me from working, nor has it got any worse since October, but it is there and I know it is there and it is completely different to any floaters. What is your recommendation in terms of I was thinking of going back to the GP and asking to be referred to an Oohthalmologist at the hospital - would they have any different ways than of the Ophthalmologists say at Vision Express / Specsavers?

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      Yes, the hospital opthamologists have better equipment than the normal high street ones. I normally go to Boots for my glasses and it was them I went to in February after I started seeing a shadow in my right eye, they immediately phoned my local eye hospital and got me an emergency appointment and I was operated on the next day.

      If you haven't been referred to an eye hospital yet then yes I would ask your GP for a referral. Like I said though, I had a flickering wavy 'electric' type light in my right eye for over 10 years and nobody found anything wrong with the eye.

      Best of luck

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    Hi Mathew, i would be very intrigued to see how you get on. I have the exact same problems as you. I have been under the care of an ophthalmologist for a year now for a squint and now Intractable Diplopia. I have explained all the symptoms you have described to him and said it is like this daily for me but they find no reason for it. They say my eyes are healthy my vision is good and they can't explain it. Please keep me updated with how you get on. Jen 

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      I'm going to book in today, but as usual, I may be waiting a few weeks for the GP appointments!

      I'm kind of fed up of hearing my eyes are healthy, my vision good etc, because I know my vision is not what it was before October and there is no reason for the change other from the black out I had which at the time also made no sense at all as generally I am very healthy, fit (try to be!) and no other reasons.

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      Hi Jennifer,

      Is your double vision related to your squint?

      Flashing lights in your eye can be really annoying, particularly if the doctors can't find any reason for it. I was getting to the stage that I felt they thought I was making it up!

      I ended up getting used to it and then I got the retinal detachment which scared the life out of me. My best advice is to be vigilant and don't be afraid to go back to the doctors.

      Best of luck

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      Hi James, yes the double vision is related to the squint. The squint was fixed but the double vision hasn't gone away. The flashing lights and floaters and grey/black over in vision isn't anything new I have had it for a long time but they just say everything looks fine and healthy. How long had you had it before your retinal detachment? 

      I have seen a couple of consultants now and they have just said I am very unique, they have heard of the double vision i have but have never dealt with it themselves, guess it is the same for the vision problems too 

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      Hi Jennifer,

      I had the flickering light effect for over 10 years and the floaters for a lot longer.

      Last September I started getting large light flashes when I moved my eyes quickly, this turned out to be a vitreous detachment which probably lead to the retinal detachment. I now have double vision in that eye which they have said is due to a post op cataract and am scheduled to get a lens replacement in July.

      Hope they find an answer to your problem, eyes are important and I think we only appreciate them when we have problems.

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    Hi Matthew

    I went for a routine eye test in January and they found a while in my retina. Since the. I have loads of floaters and more trouble with my vision than before. My eyes are sore, and I'm very sensitive to light. I sometimes wonder if some of the invasive tests they do are any good for your eyes. I've had one Othamologist miss the hole in my eye and one look

    At the wrong one completely!!! I'd definitely get them checked by a retinal specialist. Let me know how you get on.

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    Hello, 

    As you said, you are fit and healthy. My advise is for you that you should away from tensions and worries. Regular good maasage will help you and make you feel relaxed.

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    Google blue light entoptic phenomenon... See if it fits your electric current symptoms... If it does you are fine because that's just your WBCs flowing inside your eye.

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