symptom of retinal detachment or normal optical phenomenon?
The optometrist thought she saw a small hole on the periphery of my retina. The retinal specialist she referred me to said it was not a hole, just a "variation". To be on the safe side, he said to come back in 30 days just to make sure nothing has changed. Gave me a few things to watch out for (though he didn't expect any of those things to present themselves). One of those was seeing "like a curtain coming down". Right now, I was standing a couple of feet from the computer and looked at the ceiling. When I looked back down to the monitor, I saw instead of glare, something like a veil or like white smoke/fog/steam. I did it a few more times and saw it every single time. Where glare should be, there is instead soemthing milky and looks like it moves. Like looking through a white, sheer veil but just where the computer is. I covered each eye and it seems mostly on the eye that was NOT suspect of having a retinal hole. My vision is otherwise normal. Since the eye exam I do notice more floaters but the doctor thinks I'm just focusing more on them now. So, is this fog/ sheer veil I see in front of the monitor the "curtain coming down" thing he told me to watch out for? or is this an normal phenomenon that maybe I haven't noticed before? I only see it when my eyes go from the ceiling to the montitor. Please help! I don't want to undergo another scleral deprssion if not needed!
It is possible that what you are seeing is a vitreous veil/floater and not a retinal detachment. If your retina specialist has Optos in his office, this can image the retina and reassure you that there is no detachment. Don't neglect new symptoms. A scleral depression exam is not pleasant (I have had several!), but it is far preferable to missing a retinal tear/detachment.
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