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F/U on eye floaters and trip the opthamologist
Posted by: Dennis S
Date: April 28, 2021 07:36PM
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I went to the eye doctor and he said he saw no indication of damage causing floaters, previous flashes, pain, etc. He did say my eyes were dry (I swore up and down they weren't until they proved it.) Howver, he found a mole inside my eyeball. Yes. I had never heard of that. I'm seeing a specialist Friday to see if it's cancerous. I don't know how they do that.
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Re: F/U on eye floaters and trip the opthamologist
Posted by: DP
Date: April 28, 2021 07:56PM
Good news and not so good news but at least it can be dealt with. Yeah, I've never heard of a mole inside the eye either...





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Re: F/U on eye floaters and trip the opthamologist
Posted by: btfc
Date: April 28, 2021 08:04PM
So it was moles that you were seeing, not mice. smiling smiley
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Re: F/U on eye floaters and trip the opthamologist
Posted by: PeterB
Date: April 28, 2021 08:13PM
Good news about the floaters ... and the dryness is a concern because it could cause shrinkage of the vitreous away from the rest of the eyeball. They might have suggested lubricating eye drops, and of course it's also important to stay hydrated.

As for the mole, I'm presuming he meant a nevus. Not completely uncommon, and worth watching, but many of these never develop into anything. [www.aao.org] (the iris nevi are really cool-looking!)




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Re: F/U on eye floaters and trip the opthamologist
Posted by: Dennis S
Date: April 28, 2021 08:29PM
Yeah, he called it a nevus.
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Re: F/U on eye floaters and trip the opthamologist
Posted by: SDGuy
Date: April 28, 2021 08:51PM
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Dennis S
Yeah, he called it a nevus.
but is it something to be nervous about?
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Re: F/U on eye floaters and trip the opthamologist
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: April 28, 2021 09:20PM
.....eye......see....



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Re: F/U on eye floaters and trip the opthamologist
Posted by: Dennis S
Date: April 28, 2021 09:57PM
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Dennis S
Yeah, he called it a nevus.
but is it something to be nervous about?

I'm n-n-n-n nevus.
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Re: F/U on eye floaters and trip the opthamologist
Posted by: A-Polly
Date: April 28, 2021 10:09PM
I've had a nevus in one eye for quite a while. The ophthalmologist calls it a "freckle" and compares it to a photo taken years ago to make sure it doesn't start changing shape or size.

Good luck at the specialist!
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Re: F/U on eye floaters and trip the opthamologist
Posted by: Dennis S
Date: April 28, 2021 10:20PM
I was surprised they have retinal specialists.
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Re: F/U on eye floaters and trip the opthamologist
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: April 28, 2021 10:31PM
Have you had flashes of light that occur on the periphery of your vision, as though you catch them in the corner of your eye(s)?

A common cause it posterior vitreous detachment.

This is apparently a gift of aging.

I've had it for a few years, in on eye, and recently started getting it in the other as well.

Nothing to be done about it, though it does causes flashes and floaters.

However, another cause is retinal detachment, and that's a huge worry.

Good that your getting it checked out.





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Re: F/U on eye floaters and trip the opthamologist
Posted by: rich in distress
Date: April 28, 2021 10:37PM
Nice of you to report back!
Happy to know it was not an emergency.
So, how did they prove that your eyes were dry?
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Re: F/U on eye floaters and trip the opthamologist
Posted by: Dennis S
Date: April 28, 2021 10:56PM
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Nice of you to report back!
Happy to know it was not an emergency.
So, how did they prove that your eyes were dry?

They had these paper-looking strips with a ruler-looking print they bent at the end and hooked into my lower eye lid that wicked away moister. Mine barely registered. I kept insisting my eyes weren't dry, partially because I had a really dry eye in the 70's and felt nothing like that. When she showed me the strips, I was convinced.
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Re: F/U on eye floaters and trip the opthamologist
Posted by: Dennis S
Date: April 28, 2021 10:58PM
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RAMd®d
Have you had flashes of light that occur on the periphery of your vision, as though you catch them in the corner of your eye(s)?

A common cause it posterior vitreous detachment.

This is apparently a gift of aging.

I've had it for a few years, in on eye, and recently started getting it in the other as well.

Nothing to be done about it, though it does causes flashes and floaters.

However, another cause is retinal detachment, and that's a huge worry.

Good that your getting it checked out.

Yes, they were yellow/gold colored crescent shaped flashes. They come and go. They said I also had cataracts and could get them fixed whenever I was ready.
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Re: F/U on eye floaters and trip the opthamologist
Posted by: JoeM
Date: April 28, 2021 11:13PM
Glad the floaters pose no immediate danger. Did he mention whether you might have an Astigmatism? It would be good to know as having it could predispose you to possible problems with the retina down the line. Most people will experience floaters as the age because the vitreous, which is like jelly when we are young, starts to liquify as we age and parts that are solid break off. Some are small and annoying but others can be quite large making clear sight difficult.

The danger is when they are partly attached to the retina as they can actually cause the retina to detach with them as they pull away. You are actually better off when then do come cleanly away leaving the retina intact. Having an Astigmatism can predispose you to this possible tearing of the retina. That’s why I mentioned it’s good to see a doctor and establish a baseline, thereafter getting regular checkups. A retina specialist would be a good idea.



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Re: F/U on eye floaters and trip the opthamologist
Posted by: rich in distress
Date: April 28, 2021 11:22PM
… hooked into my lower eye lid…
Oh wow.
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Re: F/U on eye floaters and trip the opthamologist
Posted by: Dennis S
Date: April 28, 2021 11:30PM
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rich in distress
… hooked into my lower eye lid…
Oh wow.

It's just folded paper maybe 3/16" wide. It didn't bother me at all.
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Re: F/U on eye floaters and trip the opthamologist
Posted by: JoeM
Date: April 29, 2021 07:52AM
Glad the floaters pose no immediate danger. Did he mention whether you might have an Astigmatism? It would be good to know as having it could predispose you to possible problems with the retina down the line. Most people will experience floaters as the age because the vitreous, which is like jelly when we are young, starts to liquify as we age and parts that are solid break off. Some are small and annoying but others can be quite large making clear sight difficult.

The danger is when they are partly attached to the retina as they can actually cause the retina to detach with them as they pull away. You are actually better off when then do come cleanly away leaving the retina intact. Having an Astigmatism can predispose you to this possible tearing of the retina. That’s why I mentioned it’s good to see a doctor and establish a baseline, thereafter getting regular checkups. A retina specialist would be a good idea.



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Re: F/U on eye floaters and trip the opthamologist
Posted by: MrNoBody
Date: April 29, 2021 12:28PM
Good to read you're handling the issue and seem to have a competent
ophthalmologist. At 71 it's nothing to eff around with, please keep us updated!
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Re: F/U on eye floaters and trip the opthamologist
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: April 29, 2021 12:57PM
......what about the floaters.....in the pool.......???



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Re: F/U on eye floaters and trip the opthamologist
Posted by: Dennis S
Date: April 30, 2021 08:17PM
The retina specialist said the Nevis was very small and there was no indication of cancer. He said to see him in a year. I got to look at pictures of my eye balls on a big computer screen. Very interesting.
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