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Eye problems, info needed

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by zzt, Sep 14, 2011.

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  1. zzt

    zzt Well-Known Member

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    I have recently developed an irritating eye problem. 2 or 3 weeks ago I noticed that when I defocused my eyes I could see my pulse in my right eye. It was flashing white. As it turns out it is constant.

    It affected my shooting yesterday evening. When looking out before calling for the bird I saw constant white translucent flashes in time with my pulse. It caused my left eye to take over on several shots.

    Sight in my right eye has worsened over the past year and I am due for a new prescription. When I get back into town next week I intend to schedule a visit to an eye doctor. In the mean time, have any of you experienced this. If so, what causes it and how was it fixed? I've been told this sounds like an optical migraine. Don't know what that is, but I'll find out. Can any of you shed some light on this problem?
     
  2. JACK

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    It may be "vitreous detachment". Look it up on the web
     
  3. Barrelbulge(Fl)

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    You're getting a preview of the white light. God is going to send you a recall notice soon. LOL. Bulge.
     
  4. Bruce Specht

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    GO NOW TO YOUR EYE DOCTOR those flashing lights could be a sign of a detaching retna! That was what my wife so just prior to her detached retina! Mya also bee that your having a migrane which can manifest as the white lights.
     
  5. JayZap

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    You have a PM
     
  6. Shooting Sailor

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    Definitely GET TO AN OPTHALMOLOGIST!! This is a detaching retina. My sister in law had exactly these symptoms just before hers detached completely.
     
  7. Dicksie

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    Go to an ophthalmologist now. It is not something you should put off. .I had that symptom when my retina was detaching. There is a limited window before the damage is permanent and you lose sight in that eye forever, if that is what you have. I went to an M.D. first and was told not to worry; a friend insisted I go to an ophthalmologist
     
  8. twostraight

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    What Dicksie said, been there done that. Go without delay.
     
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    Go now, not next week
     
  10. mag410

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    Hopefully you are not going to read this posting any time this afternoon since you should be at or on you way to the best eye doctor in your town. See an Ophthalmologist, ophthalmologist's are Medical Doctors. This is not not a time to see an optometrist, they are for primary care.

    Michael Goines
     
  11. EuroJoe

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    You need a retina specialist, may have some retinal tears, when they detach, you can;t see anything.
     
  12. Dickgshot

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    The flashing lights could be beginning of a retina detachment, but most commonly is posterior vitreous detachment which occurs as you grow older.
    More serious is the possiblity they are TIA -Transient Ischemic Attacks- also known as mini-strokes. They are the result of blockage in the Carotid artery.
    In any case, time to see the doc.
     
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    Holy smokes, this is serious business. I sure hope he is taking all of your's advice and has sought medical attention. Hopefull we will have some good news soon.

    Bryan
     
  14. AveragEd

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    I have Post Vitreous Detachment and have none of those symtoms. You have a condition that is much more serious than PVD.

    Ed
     
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    Dear Sir,

    Don't wait another moment, you probably have a minimum of PVD or most likely a detached retina. I know, I just went through the exact same symptoms. It starts with a slight flashing light off to the side when you de-focus or move your eye quickly to either side. I started to notice it in Sparta at the Grand, I also stated to experience a few more floaters than usual.

    I ignored it like a fool!

    Two weeks later, a small black cloud like thing started to appear in the corner of my vision when I looked off to one side...I though OH OH...and went to the local Stein Optical...nothing against them, but the Dr. said; don't worry its only PVD (the goo in your eye shrinks with age and causes this). It kinda was a relief, but not what I expected from my research.

    About two days later I noticed the black cloud had advanced to not only the corner but now covered 20% of my vision on the bottom. I set up an appointment with a specialist the next day.

    I was examined and diagnosed in about 3mins. The retina had torn in more than once place. I was in an operating room at St. Luke's in Milwaukee within an hour with, what I would like to believe is one of the top dudes in the Midwest Dr. Fred Reeser. Dr. Resser determined that the retina had torn in 7 places, and had no choice but to perform a vitrectomy along with a scleal buckle and pin the retina tears with a laser. I was lucky enough to have my buddy as the anesthesiologist, I asked him to take me completely under vs. the twilight version of the surgery...

    Other than waking up into twilight at the point where Dr. Reeser was doing the laser treatments and the final stitching...I felt and recall absolutely NOTHING. It was a completely pain free, experience. Albeit, I was scared out of my mind, until they administered the first round of anesthesia. My blood pressure was off the charts. No doubt, I was almost ready to cash in the eye, go blind and call it a day, but the OR team assured me it was going to just fine.

    OK, that part almost makes me cry, but its just the way it was. These people were fantastic and I owe sight in my left eye to them...

    Now the not so OK part, part of the procedure is to inject an air (mixed gas) bubble in the eye to maintain pressure and to allow the tears to heal. I had to stay face down, looking directly at the floor for 21 days...Oh my God, I had no idea my wife was that good at cleaning the floors...I did a 21 day inspection and found no issues. The bubble in the eye has to stay in the same position, 24 hours a day unless you are doing the 6 different eye drops every 4 hours. Its amazing, the first two and half weeks went by and I couldn't even remember them...the mind blocks out bad stuff just fine. The last few days are the ultimate worse, just waiting for the bubble to disappear so I could lift my head.

    In the beginning t took about 3 days to get over the neck pain, and a week to figure out how to sleep. We rented the chair day one, its kinda a massage chair thing you see in the malls. It works, kinda, but it sucks. I'd be happy to team up with a bio-mechanical engineer and redesign the POS chair...

    So, I guess you could say I'm lucky, I wised up quick enough to get to the doctor and have regained 98% of my sight; I still see a little speck of a cloud in the corner.

    Sir, if you even think you have a problem, your owe it to yourself to get it checked out. The process sucks, but it works, and its painless, and the recovery is actually tolerable.

    Apparently, 3% of the population has this issue; that's 1 out of 15,000 people in the US. We elite, as I like to refer to myself now, have a thin retina that pulls apart when the goo in the eye shrinks with age (I'm 55). I have the beginnings of a tear in my right eye as well, but when caught upfront can be treated with a cryo procedure right in the doctors office, and had very little recovery. The unfortunate side effects of the ordeal is probably cataracts in the years to come, but after all this; no big deal.

    THE BEST NEWS FROM THE DOCTOR WAS THE SHOOTING DOESN'T CAUSE IT OR MAKE IT WORSE!!!

    That's my story...GO GET IT CHECKED OUT NOW!!!!!!

    Good luck,

    Ron
     
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    Thank you all for your recommendations. Ron, God bless you. What an ordeal.

    I am back in town and trying to get an appointment at the Wills Eye Hospital in Phila. You have to be referred. I asked for one while I was away and was told it takes 3 days. I should have received word yesterday, so I guess I'll know on Monday.
     
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    first .. wills eye in Philadelphia area is top notch for eye care -- speaking from experience with my wife.

    second -- since when do they require a lengthy referral process for an emergency?? i took my wife to wills down town on Christmas eve afternoon when she was having symptoms of detached retina and one of the staff Docs saw her within an hour of arriving ... but that was 10 years ago - health care processes may have changed in the meantime.

    BUT -- you would he hard pressed to find better eye care than there -- Johns Hopkins in Baltimore and a hospital in LA are ranked a bit higher however if you are near wills go there for sure
     
  18. Rebel Sympathy

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    You need to go see an eye-doc - right now!!!!
    My real name is,
    Mike Durhan
     
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