For the past 6 weeks, I have been experiencing, what I perceive as, streaks of light in both my eyes.
90% of the time it is in my right eye, 10% in my left. The streak lasts for a split second, it is hard to tell what it looks like, but it is ALWAYS the same streak in the same spot (in the centre of my vision)- even when it happens in the left eye, it appears to be the exact same streak as in the right. I also have noticed floaters in my left eye that started around the same time.
I went to an optomistrist who took my concerns very seriously & did a complete dialation examination. He said that he could see some floaters, but no tear or retna damage in either eye. He said that what I was most likely having visual migraines. However, the symptoms didn't match up with my experience.
The streak flashes that I am experiencing are consistent throughout the day, they appear all day, every day- at least once an hour, sometimes several in a few minutes. Sometimes I feel that they happen when I blink, but other times I see it when I have eyes open have have certainly not moved my eyelids. They sometimes appear like a blurry streak that I can see through.
I have read that floaters & flashes can go hand in hand, but have not seen a similar description of the streak flashes that I am experiencing. I should mention that I have better than 20/20 vision- tested most recently at the dialation examination, and have no other existing medical conditions. I did go through a very difficult delivery of my first child about six months ago. My son got stuck (shoulder dystotia) and I pushed so hard that I broke hundreds of blood vessels in my face. Is there any possibility that this pressure caused the floaters and or flashes?
I am starting to worry that this is more than an eye problem, and that perhaps I have something wrong with my brain. However, I have no other symptoms other than the streak flash in my eye that just won't quit! Please help!
It is possible that you have had a posterior vitreous detachment of the eye and now have floaters. Thes spots can be annoying at first but over time become less noticeable. When the vitreous separates from the retina, light flashes can occur and it may be associated with traction on the retina. Retinal tears, holes, hemorrhages, and/or retinal detachment may ensue which is why a dilated examination is necessary. I would recommend getting rechecked by an retinal specialist and again, in four to six weeks.
Thank you so much for answering my question. I have an appt. with an Opthamologist this week. What is the difference between a Retinal specialist and an Opthamologist?
The previously seen Optomitrist gave me a fact sheet on signs of retinal detatchment, and offered his best advice to get to Emergency if I havd any symptoms, flashes like a camera flash in peripheral vision, the visual of a curtain coming over the eye etc. My symptoms remain the same, unchanged. But, I am now aware that these symptoms can preceed a serious event such as retinal detatchment.
While I have perfect vision (I'm 32 yrs old), isn't it strange to have this condition when I have no existing contributing factors- is the extreme pressure I experienced during delivery of my son a possible contributing factor, or is that totaly impossible?
An opthalmologist is an eye M.D. Opthalmologists can choose to specialize in a certain field which pertains to different aspects of the eye. A retinal specialist is an eye M.D. (opthalmologist) who specializes in treating retinal and vitreous problems, including retinal detachments, diabetic retinopathy, macular holes, etc.
Delivering of your son is likely not a contributing factor.
Some of the major contributing factors to RDs' are:
High degree of myopia
Family history of RD
RD in fellow eye
Hi there, yes, these flashes are always in my central vision, never peripheral... I see the othamologist on Thursday morning, will update you on outcome. However, after having these streaks for 6 weeks plus, I think I'm actually seeing them less frequently now. I find this whole thing very strange, especially since I don't fall into any of the high risk categories for PVD. Thanks for your feedback!
Dear ladybirdie, plese, don't forget to write back when you see the othamologist. Last year my flashes were more frequent, now- once a day, or once a week. I'm short-sighted but my sight didn't become worse. I don't stop thinking about dangerous brain conditions :((( although I am in a good health. These flashes are driving me mad.
Mine were always in the peripheral vision. The swirling dots at the time my retina detached, were in the central vision and in the periphery, I now remember that at the scariest point, there were lights in the central vision, as well as in the periphery,
I am describing detachment, however.
Well, I saw the opthamologist today, and had a thorough 1 hr. examination. There is no tear or possible detatchment, not even a diagnosis of PVD. The Dr. can find absolutely NOTHING wrong with my eyes, or any reason to worry. He said that having flashes in the central vision is not very common. His final statement was that he believes that I am simply more sensitive visually to the workings of the eyes, and for some reason are noticeing things that were unoticed before. He asked me to wait six months, especially since the streak flashes are beginning to happen less frequently. If the flashes are still happening in six months, he is recommending a Neurologist.
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