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Discolored 'blotches' in my vision (both eyes)

For quite some time now, I've also had what I can describe as discolored blotches in my vision. A lot of them too, some quite big. If you don't know what I mean exactly... it's a bit like after having stared at a lamp, the 'afterimage' you have for a little while. Only this is not because of looking at anything, they simply appear.
They're more visible at certain times... sometimes I don't see them well at all unless I really try hard to look for them, while other times they're incredibly visible.
They seem to show up more in dim areas, but they are also often very visible while looking at a computer monitor, especially with white backgrounds.
And every time I blink, they're a lot more visible for a split second. One shows up as a completely black blotch just after blinking, when looking at a white screen.

These are all 'static', they don't move around like floaters do. And I have a lot of them.

They're always there, only at times they're nearly invisible.. but when they 're-appear', they're in the exact same places, same shapes, same everything. Only there might be more of them (and these will never go away, either).

And if I keep my eyes half shut, these things often become even more visible, it's a real mess.

I should also add that I've had two regular eye exams where they dilated my pupils and looked inside, and had some standard tests... and they found nothing wrong.

So my question is - does anyone have any clue what this might be?

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Dear laffer35,

These may represent a migraine or some sort of entopic phenomenom.  I would seek the care of an eyeMD if they persist.  

Dr. Feldman

Sandy T. Feldman, M.D., M.S.
ClearView Eye and Laser Medical Center
San Diego, California

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I have this too, and it's driving me nuts. I've also had my eyes dilated etc and been told they are healthy. like you, my spots don't move and are most visible when I blink or against plain backgrounds. i agree, it's a mess, especially when seven eye doctors, including three retinologists, have looked at my eyes and found nothing to explain this.

do your spots change color depending on the background - mine usually range from white to dark grey, although against a bright blue sky, they take on a orangey hue.

do your spots show up on a Amsler grid? can you see through them or do they totally obscure things for you?

please post again if you ever find an explanation.
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My spots do change colors depending on the background, yes.

They do shop on Amslers grids, but I can see through them... but not well at all. The bigger ones I can't see through very well at all and they do make thin lines appear 'cut'.

Also, mine are the same color as yours, from what you explain.

It sounds like we have something similar... if you ever find something out, be sure to let me know! :)
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do you happen to also suffer from migraine with aura?
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Yes, but not very often... I suppose it happens once every month or two.
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I also have tinnitus, but that's probably unrelated.
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that's interesting. because ever single person i have come across with this problem also has migraine with aura. you get the scintillating scotoma, right?
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Had to check Wikipedia as I'm not sure what these things are called, but yes - that is exactly what I get when I have migraines... before the real headache sets in.
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my feeling is these spots are somehow related to the migraine, even though they look nohing like that. are yours different in each eye, ie they are no symmetrical?
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Yes, different in each eye, no symmetry.

Do you know how to use Photoshop or anything similar? Maybe you could draw a simple illustration of what you see and I could say if it's similar... I'm pretty sure by now that it is.
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no, i'm  don't know how to do that. it's exactly as you describe - like i've looked at a bright light, much more intense when i blink, or look at anything with ontrast - eg spreadsheets, the edge of the tv, vertical  blinds etc. one they appear, then do fade somewhat but leave permament blind spots that i can see on an amsler grid.
i've been getting them for about 10 years now, and no doctor has found anything wrong to explain then. what tests have you had besides dilation. i've had an OCT, ERG and fluroscein angiogram.
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I've only had regular eye exams... nothing more. Since they didn't find anything wrong there, my doctor didn't see the need to do any further testing... even though I've pointed out many times that something is not right!

By the way, your 'blotches'... do they only appear once and then fade away never to become more clear again? Or do they at times become more visible again, sometimes many at once? They do for me, and it's very annoying.
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yes, sometimes earlier ones come back. when they first appear (or reappear) they are VERY bright and obvious, almost to the point where they hurt me eyes. then over a period of weeks, they fade to smaller blind spots.
if i close my eyes, then open then suddenly while looking at a white wall, i can see them all momentarily, even the old ones. same if a blink really hard or squint.
weird and very worrying.
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Exactly! Mine tend to reappear every once in a while, the bigger ones especially.

Also, if you are in a dimly lit room... do you see them then? I see them best either when looking at something bright, like a white background on my computer monitor, and when I'm in dimly lit rooms.

And squinting really does bring them out.

And also, if I move my hair quickly past my eyes, back and forth.. or my finger... that also brings them out. I guess it's sort of like blinking.
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if you do a search on this board for "For those with the bright spot when blinking symptom" you will find several people with our problem.
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