My arcing eye!!!

ruthannJuly 14, 2005

I have a strange happening in my left eye that started last night. When I look to the left I see a really fast bright light (like lightening). It is arc shaped. Hard to describe. I have not had any eye problems of any kind. Has anyone heard of anything like this? Today I have like a floater in my left eye. It is kind of like hair hanging down, but I keep trying to move it and there is nothing there. Am I going nuts, or is a problem starting? I saw the arcing tonight too.

I guess my problems run in twos!! Ruth Ann

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gandbb

I had the light flashing thing - saw an optamologist. It needed to be checked because of the possibility of a detached retina. It was fine. I forget what the condition is called, but it persisted for several weeks and then spontaneously cleared up.

    Bookmark   July 15, 2005 at 12:43PM
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yborgal

Go see an Optomologist. Chances are it's nothing, but it could be the beginning of a detached retina. If you experience sharp eye pains don't wait for an office visit..get to an ER immediately. As far as floaters, everyone my age has them. Other than being bothersome i don't think they will cause vision loss.

    Bookmark   July 16, 2005 at 3:52PM
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Tropical_Muse

It sounds like a Vitreous Detachment.

"Most of the eye's interior is filled with vitreous, a gel-like substance that helps the eye maintain a round shape. There are millions of fine fibers intertwined within the vitreous that are attached to the surface of the retina, the eye's light-sensitive tissue. As we age, the vitreous slowly shrinks, and these fine fibers pull on the retinal surface. Usually the fibers break, allowing the vitreous to separate and shrink from the retina. This is a vitreous detachment. In most cases, a vitreous detachment is not sight-threatening and requires no treatment.

As the vitreous shrinks, it becomes somewhat stringy, and the strands can cast tiny shadows on the retina that you may notice as floaters, which appear as little "cobwebs" or specks that seem to float about in your field of vision. If you try to look at these shadows they appear to quickly dart out of the way. One symptom of a vitreous detachment is a small but sudden increase in the number of new floaters. This increase in floaters may be accompanied by flashes of light (lightning streaks) in your peripheral, or side, vision. In most cases, either you will not notice a vitreous detachment, or you will find it merely annoying because of the increase in floaters.

A vitreous detachment is a common condition that usually affects people over age 50, and is very common after age 80. People who are nearsighted are also at increased risk. Those who have a vitreous detachment in one eye are likely to have one in the other, although it may not happen until years later.

Although a vitreous detachment does not threaten sight, once in a while some of the vitreous fibers pull so hard on the retina that they create a macular hole or lead to a retinal detachment. Both of these conditions are sight-threatening and should be treated immediately. If left untreated, a macular hole or detached retina can lead to permanent vision loss in the affected eye. Those who experience a sudden increase in floaters or an increase in flashes of light in peripheral vision should have an eye care professional examine their eyes as soon as possible. The only way to diagnose the cause of the problem is by a comprehensive dilated eye examination. If the vitreous detachment has led to a macular hole or detached retina, early treatment can help prevent loss of vision."

    Bookmark   July 17, 2005 at 1:37PM
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ruthann

Thank you for the info. I am making an appointment in the morning. Why are most medical problems on Fri thru Sun? Then you have to wonder all week end!!!!!!! Our Dr isn't in on Fridays, so they are probably busy on Mondays. Thanks a lot. Ruth Ann

    Bookmark   July 17, 2005 at 3:18PM
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Tropical_Muse

Ruth Ann, Here's some more information on Vitreous Detachment, along with a diagram.

Good luck on your eye-exam.
~Meg

    Bookmark   July 17, 2005 at 6:12PM
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Tropical_Muse

Ruth Ann, how did your eye exam go?
Everything ok?

~Meg

    Bookmark   July 24, 2005 at 2:52AM
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ruthann

The Dr was 'out of town' last week. So I have to call tomorrow morning. I'll let you know. I still see the light after dark.

    Bookmark   July 24, 2005 at 7:17PM
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jenn

That's what happened to my husband a few years ago. He didn't need any treatment but did have a comprehensive eye exam.

I'm wondering why you need to call your doctor's office again just because he was "out of town" last week. Is the whole office out of town so that someone cannot make an appointment for you? I don't understand how some doctors offices work today. A friend of mine faxes all her communication to her doctors, it's the best way to reach them. Mine I can easily reach by phone. One of mine, an internist, comes to the waiting room to call his patients in! How many doctors do that?!?

Best wishes with your eye exam.

Jen

    Bookmark   July 24, 2005 at 10:13PM
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abreeze

Those symptomns could also be from a tear or tears in your retina. Don't delay being checked. My tears were repaired with laser surgery. ~abreeze

    Bookmark   July 30, 2005 at 7:32AM
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Tropical_Muse

RuthAnn...How'd everything turn out?

    Bookmark   August 4, 2005 at 12:25AM
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sugar_fl

Last summer I had a really bad floater come in my eye (still there). I went to an Optimaligist(sp) & on the 2nd visit told I had a torn retina. That was repaired with laser.. no big deal. I also have the lights mentioned above & was told the same things Tropical_Muse posted above. I go to the dr every 6 months & always told my eye is fine. I hope RuthAnn has seen a Dr.
Dar

    Bookmark   August 6, 2005 at 2:53AM
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marie26

I went to the optometrist yesterday for a new prescription and I told the doctor that I had seen flashing lights a while back which lasted for a few days.

He checked for a detached retina and said I was okay. He did, however, say that if it happens again to check which eye is causing it and if it happens more if I look in a certain direction. Also, he said that I am to come in to see him immediately.

One other cause for this could be a migraine headache in the eyes. He used another term which I don't remember.

    Bookmark   August 7, 2005 at 5:02PM
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jenn

Marie, was the term "opthalmic migraine"? I get them once in a while, once or twice a year. Fortunately, never when I am driving!! Usually there is no headache but the last time I did have a mild headache after the flashing lights went away.

    Bookmark   August 7, 2005 at 9:07PM
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cecilia_md7a

Well, I HAVE gotten them while driving, usually at twilight or in rainy whether, when the strobing of headlights bothers me. It almost scared me to death the first time it happened, but I realized that I can actually see THROUGH the visual disturbances. Like Jenn, I only get them once or twice a year.

I consider myself lucky - my husband, mother and sister all suffer from migraine headaches, and the visual migraine without the headache is much easier to deal with.

    Bookmark   August 9, 2005 at 2:14PM
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cheerful1_gw

I got something like that for the first time last night. It seemed like a lightning bolt flying by peripherally. I had a comprehensive eye exam in December, and everything was fine. I am farsighted, and use glasses for reading. This is making me a little nervous.

    Bookmark   March 6, 2008 at 11:46AM
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woodnymph2_gw

We have had several threads at this forum on flashers and floaters. The most important thing is to be checked out immediately to be sure you do not have a retinal tear, which can lead to blindness.

    Bookmark   March 7, 2008 at 11:48AM
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cheerful1_gw

I got an appointment for Sunday morning (my eyedoctor is at Lenscrafters). I don't have any pain, and my vision seems the same; it's just these flashes that are concerning me.

    Bookmark   March 7, 2008 at 2:10PM
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ruthann

Hi, Sorry I have never followed up with this. I don't know why I didn't. I went to a specialist and he said it was OK, just to keep having it checked occasionally. I see an arc of light in my other eye now. I don't see them to often, but that's because I hole up after dark. It's usually when I'm outside in the dark that I see them. It has never really bothered me. Ruth Ann

    Bookmark   March 7, 2008 at 11:47PM
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cheerful1_gw

I saw my eye doctor yesterday. He dilated my eyes, and took tests. He said there are no retinal tears, but the vitreous gel is shrinking (happens with age), and that's causing the flashing and floaters. I have to go back in 2 months for a follow up visit.

    Bookmark   March 10, 2008 at 9:34AM
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jonhnyboy

I have a transient "bubbly" short arc of dull light that appears to the lower right of my left eye when I look quickly from side to side. It happens upon awakening in the morning and occasionally during the day lasting only a minute or two. I also have transient floaters in that eye. It started ten days ago. I have seen my doctor and opthalmist, both found nothing wrong and could not even detect any floaters.
My opthalmist suggested I see a retinal specialist but I am waiting to see if I can produce the effect at will so he has something to go on.
I have had one day with no symptoms at all. My blood pressure is normal and only take anti-histamines for my hayfever (which is bad at the moment). I do have a dull headache most of the time but attribute this to heyfever. I am in my sixties.
It does not get any worse or better and appears randomly during the day but does seem connected with sudden downward movement of my head but it is difficult to force an occurence.
I will let you know how things go.

    Bookmark   June 29, 2008 at 3:50AM
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woodnymph2_gw

I have the same thing, in fact, this is how I first noted my floater coming on, 2 years ago. My large floater has faded somewhat, but I still have the flash of light in the lower corner of the same eye, particularly in the dark.

Please do let us know what your doctors say about this.

    Bookmark   June 29, 2008 at 8:41AM
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mupp580

NEVER IN A MILLION YEARS WOULD I HAVE THOUGHT THE EXACT PROBLEM TO COME UP RIGHT AWAY. MY EYE SCARED ME WHEN I SAW THE ARC 4 THE 1ST TIME'&IT ALSO HURT A LITTLE.AND WHY DID IT ONLY HAPPEN IN THE BEDROOM AT NIGHT? READING "MY ARCING EYE" WAS A GOD-SEND. MADE UP MY MIND TO CALL THE EYE DR. ON MONDAY MORN. GAVE ME APPT. FOR THAT DAY.. THE DR SAID IT WAS A VITREOUS DETACHMENT,BUT HE WANTS TO CHECK IT IN A MONTH AGAIN. GRATEFULLY, I SAY THANK YOU TO"MY ARCING EYE AND ALL THE OTHER ANSWERS THAT PERTAIN TO IT. IT HELPED ME SLEEP BETTER THAT NIGHT.

    Bookmark   July 5, 2009 at 9:40PM
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mupp580

FORGOT TO SAY THAT THE DIM LIGHT IN OUR BEDROOM MAKES IT SHOW UP. HAVE LIGHTS ON IN DAY SO IT REALLY DOESN'T BOTHER ME.THIS IS WHAT THE DR SAID. THANK U ALL AGAIN

    Bookmark   July 5, 2009 at 9:54PM
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cakemix

Hello... I am scared. Please- can someone help me?

For one week now, I've been having floaters in my right eye and occasional flashes of light in the far corner of my eye.
The flashes of light are only visible in a dark room and only when I very quickly turn my head from side to side.

    Bookmark   July 7, 2009 at 3:01AM
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