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eye flashes and floaters

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by qcyshooter, Jun 22, 2009.

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  1. qcyshooter

    qcyshooter TS Member

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    I recently developed some flashes and floaters in one of my eyes.
    My doctor has no shooting experience but is uneasy about me shooting for
    awhile. The concern is subsequent damage to the retina. Does anyone have information or experience concerning the risks involved that they could share?
     
  2. crusha

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    Reasonable amounts of floaters are normal...but if you're getting flashes and bursts of floaters, that would scare the crap outta me. Sounds like you did the right thing going to the doctor. That would keep me shooting nothing more than .22 until doc got that figured out.


    So what is he doing?
     
  3. dcan67

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    Last sunday I had flashes and floaters.
    Monday I had a ring flashing with a tiny part missing.
    Did not have a spare driver so keep driving untill Wed.
    In chair at my Dr at 11 am found a tear in my retina and was booked in 200 miles away at specialist at 11 am Thursday tear was much bigger and fluid was just starting to go behind my retina. Instant laser surgery to fix.
    Everyone talks about Canadas health care but this cost me some gas and $23.00.
    No shooting for 2 months.
    Flashes acording to the people that looked after me are very serious.
    Mother in law (ex) lost most vision in left eye 10 years ago by not getting to Dr in time.
    Better get this checked by specialist RIGHT NOW.
     
  4. EuroJoe

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    Been thru it all recently. Go see a retina specialist ASAP. May not be anything to worry about, but better safe than sorry. Most of it comes with old age. Lots of info on the internet, most will put your mind at ease, but go to a retina clinic. My doc found some tears in the retina, but not detached. He treated them with cryoplasty, and recommended that I stay off a gunstock for a while, about 2-3 months.
     
  5. GBatch_25

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    qcyshooter:

    Some here will remember my detached retina saga in 2002. Based on what you said, my advice is FIND THE BEST RETINA SPECIALIST YOU CAN, CALL HIM/HER, DESCRIBE YOUR SYMPTOMS AND THEN GO TO THEIR OFFICE.
    If you can't find a Retina Specialist, find a good opthalmological surgeon and go see him ASAP.

    Flashes can be a sign of a retinal tear and, if left untreated, can be a catastrophy for the eye. DON'T SHOOT ANYTHING until you see the Doctor.

    We'll be praying for you. Let us know how it goes.

    Gene Batchelar
     
  6. Shooting Jack

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    What are flashes. I have recently had a problem(not exactly) with light flashes to the side of my left eye. It's almost like someone turned on a light momentarily when I blink my eyes. I see it mostly at night but sometimes in the day. It hasn't done it for the past couple of days though. It doesn't affect my vision just sort of distracts me. Jackie B.
     
  7. nspktr1

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    Had the same problem last Junet. Flashes so bad I could not focus on anything. Went to emergency room and they brought in eye surgeon. Performed all kinds of tests. No problem with retina, no problem with optic nerve. Eventually the event passed and was diagnosed with occular migraines. Had several reoccurences. On September 3, I passed out while driving on interstate, ran off the side of the road and crashed car. Bad injuries. Had blocked carotids, got stents, no more eye problems. Doctors said my eyes were starved for oxygen, hence the flashes. See your cardiologist as well as eye doctor. Might not be your eyes at all.
     
  8. Dahaub

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    This is something that I finally googled up and found that some of these flashes can indeed be very detrimental to your eye health. LeeAnn will get an appointment today I don't know when the appointment will be but hopefully will be soon. She occasionally has flashes of light go off in her right eye for no apparent reason. She doesn't shoot or do anything that causes shock to her upper torso. Also the flashes aren't often but once every couple of weeks will last for ten minutes to a half hour. Your guys posts have made me aware of the seriousness of this symptom. Thanks for bringing it up. Dan
     
  9. Dahaub

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    EE------ she always said it was nothing and that it would go away. I'm making the call today and she'll have to go. No more putting it off. This could be very serious and we could have had this taken care of or seen too a couple of months ago now. Dan
     
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    I've experienced some kaleidoscoping or a prismatic effect that may last a day or two and was told it was the forerunner to having a migraine, but have never had a headache, vision returns to normal in a couple days??? Anyone have a similar experience? Dick C.
     
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    I`ve had the so called light flashes a few months ago that came frequent and mostly at night . Probably more noticable then !! Had them less frequent in the last month and now I don`t have them at all . Never had a migrane or a headache in years except when I`ve had too much to drink . Same glasses for the last 10 years and don`t seem to be bothered too much seeing thing clear and shooting is fine . I`ll be going for an eye exam in 2 weeks so we`ll see what he says .
     
  12. nspktr1

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    gatguy--read my post, this is what happened to me!
     
  13. Dickgshot

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    I agree that you should go to an opthamoligist right away when you have any eye problem. However, from my own experience - not expertise - this is what you can expect.

    If you get any increase in floaters, and/or lights flashing off on the side of you field of vision, this most likely is vitreous detachment, which comes with age, and is annoying but not necessarily serious. I have had it for a couple years and it hasn't changed, and I continue to shoot.

    What doctors warn you about is the dark curtain coming over a part of you vision, which is a sign of a detached retina - very serious and needs to be treated immediately.

    This is different and unrelated to what nsptr1 and gatguy experienced, which is what's called an "aura." It often appears as a broken half circle with jagged lines, brilliant colors, disappearing object in your eyesight. and partial loss of vision. It is called a "scotoma" and can preceed a migraine headache, or, as in my case, what's called a "painless migraine." Mine usually last around 5 minutes. It generally occurs in both eyes, since it is not related to vision, but it can be in one eye only.
    When the scotoma occurs frequently in only one eye, it is more likely to be an indication of a more serious problem, related possibly to a stroke, or other optic nerve or brain problem.

    Again, please don't take this post as medical information that you can rely on. I am only relating my experiences and what my doctors told me.
     
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    I tend to agree with d'tax. A year ago I had flashes appearing to the left of my left eye's vision. Two good eye doctors could find nothing wrong and it stopped after about six weeks. Hasn't come back, so far.
    The damned floaters, though, are driving me absolutely crazy!!!!
     
  15. Porcupine

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    Zardoz,

    At least for the time being! (LOL, I think!)

    LA in MA
     
  16. coho

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    About 15 years ago I started getting these flashing worm like things floating across my vision once in awhile, it would last about 20 minutes and then go away. It was really scary because I would loose a lot of my vision during the episode. I went to 3 or 4 ophthalmologists and none of them had any idea what it was but they all said my eyes looked fine. The episodes came on more frequently and seemed to tied to stress. A few years later I was having an eye exam by a optometrist and I mentioned it, he said they call them ocular migraines and most people get one right before having a migraine. I’ve never had the migraine but I still get the flashing worms once in awhile.
     
  17. Doug Mc

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    Floaters and flashing light .... been through it .... I saw a Retina spec. he said it was quite common with age .... that it would go away .... he also told not to be surprised if it didn't happen in the other eye .... which it did .... didn't have any long lasting problems from it .... it pretty much went the way that he told me it would .... but it is always best to get it checked out to make sure
     
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    "The dark lense seems to neutralize it some what!"

    Here's what I think.

    First, we need to understand that your eye has to adjust to a floater. Your eye has to "look around" the floater. If it's not able to do this, you brain switches to the other eye.

    Recently, I went to darker lenses. Because of a large floater. What I think, is that in bright light, the pupil contracts, causing your eye to have a hard time "looking around" the floater. With darker skys, not as much of a problem, as your pupil is more "opened".

    With darker lenses, your pupil opens farther, allowing your eye to see around the floater better. This has been my experience.

    In overcast skies, my scores zoom. In full brightness, my scores and vision, falter.

    Starting today, with a darker lens, one 23 and three 24s, from the 16, and a 24 from the 22. And I can see the targets well.

    Hope this has been helpful.

    Thank you,
    Longshooter
     
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    This may help some of you.
     
  20. Stumpstalker

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    I started getting flashing five years ago. The retina specialist said I had a tear in the retina and she could fix it with a laser. Fifteen minutes and it was fixed. Three years ago the same thing and then I noticed a curtain in the corner of the eye. I had a detachment and needed surgery the next day. Everything thing was fine afterwards and a year later, I had the cataract removed. Two months later it detached again and this time all I saw was a black shadow in the corner of the eye that would only appear just after I blinked. That was repaired and I've had no problems for the past two years.

    As you get older, the vitreous humour in the back of the eye liquifies and tugs on the retina causing bleeding and the flashing. If it tears the retina and liquid gets behind it, then the retina peels away like wallpaper.

    The surgeon goes in, repairs the tear and puts in an air bubble to support the retina and/or places a band around the eye to squeeze it to support the retina.

    The good side of the eye surgery is that the floaters are gone. I've always had a massive amount even as a kid and it is great to see well now.

    Right before the second detachment, I ordered a 28 gauge Rem 1100 for trap. It arrived just after the surgery. Since I would be shooting a hundred rounds at a time, I didn't want to cause any problems. The 20 and 28 gauges are almost the same and for hunting, I wouldn't care.

    If it ever stops raining here in NJ, I would like to get out and do some shooting.

    The big thing with retinal detachments is to recognise the signs and get to a retinal specialist fast. The optomologist may not catch it and for both of my detachments, they didn't. Once the retina peels away, it starts to die.

    Once it heals, you can go back to doing what ever you want.

    Carmine
     
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