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Room looks smokey?? Anyone have weird eye episode


Last night I had a really weird moment...  I was on the sofa playing with the laptop and my husband had just come in from outside after 'playing' with one of his remote control planes.  He was standing in the kitchen and when I looked towards him, the kitchen looked like it was smokey...   kinda like if someone burns something and you open the oven and smoke pours out and the room has that smoke haze look?   I had a moment of panic thinking we had a fire or something, no one was cooking, it was later in the eveing...  but both my daughter and husband kinda laughed and said, no the room was perfectly clear.   He even turned off one of the lights to see if that helped.  Didn't really, still looked like the place was filling with smoke.

Didn't think much of it today until I started messing with my gluten free cooking experiments and my left eye started hurting / burning, similar to how it feels when you cut up a really strong onion (no onions were cut at the time, didn't even have them out)....   My eye even started to water like burning from onion.

Anyone have anything like this?   My husband and daughter last night thought it might just be that my eyes were tired after shopping earlier and making dinner, playing on laptop, etc, etc...   Didn't think much of it til now, so figured I would ask....   I've been to a neuro ophthmalogist and he said the optic nerves were fat and healthy, but that was in January and with the summer, don't know if I should have a recheck or just see if it occurs again.

Any thoughts?  

Jen
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1045086 tn?1332126422
I'd get it checked out Jen.  I was just reading something about haziness a few days ago.  There are quite a few things that can explain it.  Some are very ordinary (variations of normal even) but other causes can be serious.  Since you are adding symptoms today I think I'd call your eye doc to report what's happening.  They can best tell you how quickly you need to be seen.

I had a similar incident last week.  I told my husband it looked hazy as we stood in the kitchen.  Looking out the window, he told me it was the heat and humidity and he thought it was going to rain.  I had to tell him that I meant it looked hazy INSIDE.  I didn't think it was going to rain inside (and it didn't).  

I was hot and tired that day and my vision was a little blurry.  I had also missed a couple doses of the Restasis I use to treat dry eyes.  The haziness disappeared after I rested and used some OTC moisture drops - but I didn't have other stuff develop like you have.

Dryness as the problem might be more likely if you were looking at that laptop for a while.  We tend to blink less when doing close work on the computer.  My doc also suspects the extreme dryness of my eyes is because there are excess T-cells there as a result of the inflammatory auto-immune processes that tend to attack me at every opportunity.

Please don't delay too long in getting this checked out.  It's better to put your mind at ease and you could end up with a simple treatment that offers great improvement in vision and comfort.
338416 tn?1420045702
I had a similar incident late one night.  I was painting, and it was as if everything went gray - couldn't really see.  It was like my contacts were suddenly gummy and coated with something.  I blinked and blinked, but soon my eyes started going every which way (nystagmus.)  Turns out I had optic neuritis.
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I have had this for years. Its especially bad when I look up from reading or computer or when going from dark to light or vice versa. My neuro and eye dr just pass over it when I mention it.
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  Hi Jen,
    I went through that same exact experience Jen.  I was home alone at the time. OMG if I were'nt on the phone @ the time and my friend telling me to look outside to see if it looks the same way ,then it's my eyes....Girl I was convinced my house was on FIRE.! So that was a flare up and the condition lasted for at least 2 days. My neuro put me on a steroid drip for 3 days then followed with oral for 5.

    With the heat being like it has been I felt that contributed to it as well as extreme stress.. I have 2 lesions on my optics. What it's called  is extreme blurred vision. So far I have'nt  had an episode that extreme since. By the way prenisone was the medication I was prescribed .

     Good luck and check to see if you have lesions on your optic nerve.

Francyna


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I know this is an older thread but I had the same exact thing happen to me on quite a few occasions. I thought my apartment was on fire! I just couldn't ding the fire. I have cataracts and I know that could be the culprit. Did you ever figure out what caused yours? Good luck!
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Yes, my garage looks smokey. My wife can't see the smoke. This is the third day. Still cannot figure out what is causing it.
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I'm no expert but I'll throw in my two cents for what its worth.  

Our day-to-day living causes this haze.  Cooking odors, dust from open windows and doors, carpet fibers, clothes fibers, fibers from shaking out laundry, pet fibers and "stuff" from the furnace all come together and from time to time you need to clean. The solution is very easy but time consuming.  Clean and/or polish furniture.  Get a clean mop and a very mild detergent with a mild bleach.  Wash down walls and ceilings.  Vacuum thoroughly.  This is an activity that should be performed two or three times a year depending upon conditions where you live.  Also keep in mind if you live in an apartment situation, this haze can be cause by neighbors stomping or thumping on the adjoining walls and/or floor.  Dry wall, wallpaper and paint do flake.  Walls will collect dust just as furniture does and spider webs add to the mix.
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I'm no expert but I'll throw in my two cents for what its worth.  

Our day-to-day living causes this haze.  Cooking odors, dust from open windows and doors, carpet fibers, clothes fibers, fibers from shaking out laundry, pet fibers and "stuff" from the furnace all come together and from time to time you need to clean. The solution is very easy but time consuming.  Clean and/or polish furniture.  Get a clean mop and a very mild detergent with a mild bleach.  Wash down walls and ceilings.  Vacuum thoroughly.  This is an activity that should be performed two or three times a year depending upon conditions where you live.  Also keep in mind if you live in an apartment situation, this haze can be cause by neighbors stomping or thumping on the adjoining walls and/or floor.  Dry wall, wallpaper and paint do flake.  Walls will collect dust just as furniture does and spider webs add to the mix.
19793712 tn?1487909600
I have been experiencing this problem for the past 2 weeks. It just looks like there is white smoke over everything. I have been washing my eyes with Stefania Tetrandra  decoction which is helping. I will be trying Stephania root tincture 1/2 teaspoon 3 times a day  as soon as it arrives. the eye wash relieves the smoky haze a little bit as soon as I use it.  hoping when I add tincture it clears up completely. I hope you find your answers soon. Lesley
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not sure but I had this happen at night several times right before I was diagnosed with diabetes and thyroid problems. I wonder?
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i have diabetes and a thyroid problem myself. It just happens when I wake up at night and look around to where there is some light and the room looks smokey and cloudy. After I close my eyes for a little it's not there anymore.
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Yes! It seems I keep cleaning my glasses like they're all dirty but they're not. Hazy, smokey and my right eye waters a lot and sometimes it stings and burns really bad. Eye doctor says optic nerves are fine. But if everything was so fine, why do we have all these problems?
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