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Hi everyone, I'm a first time poster.

Yesterday I was visiting an eye clinic for several other vision problems I've been having, however this one has grabbed my attention mostly because I cant seem to find much info on it. I was in the exam room after they checked my vision to prescribe me glasses, they had also just checked my eye pressure which was normal. I have astigmatism and haven't been for a checkup in 10 years, something they made a point of letting me know was a bad idea.

On the TV screen in the front of the room they had a hollow circle with a part missing at the bottom, something I learned was a visual acuity chart for illiterate people. While I was sitting down I happened to notice in the upper left part of my vision near the center in my right eye, a sharp round dot had appeared. This was after several basic exams I don't really know the names of. This dot was very defined and surrounded by a white aura or halo which was substantial enough to interfere with the black circular pattern shown on the screen. I mentioned it to the doctor however she wrote it down but didn't say much about it. I thought at the time it might have been due to eye strain from one of the tests, however it's persisting. The doctor said my eye pressure was fine, she checked my eyes with an ophthalmoscope, but other than that nothing else was done, it was a very basic eye clinic.

After the consultation my right eye was noticeably more strained and sore in the front than my left eye was (my right eye is my stronger eye). I didn't think much of it but after sleeping, I woke up to notice an after image effect of the spot was in my vision, as if someone had shone a bright light into my eye, but it was stationary and didn't move the same way as a floater or the typical after-image effects you get after looking into a bright light.
Not long after my eyes adjusted it became harder to see, however I could see it noticeably if I went outside and looked at street lights in the distance. It appeared as a small-ish dot with a white aura, just as it did at the clinic, but slightly smaller. I created some graphics to re-create the same image I saw at the clinic, and I can see it there. It's now been 24 hours and if I close my eyes for about 10 minutes and open them, I see the after image effect of it. If I go outside and look at the sky (its overcast) I don't see it, it seems to only appear around bright lights at a distance or contrasted images when I sit far back.

The spot seems to only occur in the upper left part of my vision near the center, it seems to be mostly stationary but never moves much from that place although it seems to dance around. I do have eye floaters, and this is nothing like that.

Thanks in advance for any help, sorry about the long post.
Hello!

I know what its like to have a spot in your eye and you are not sure what it is. In fact I went to the eye doctor for this same issue two days ago. And after verifying that my eyes are fine (though only my left eye is effected with the spot, though mine is more gray than black) I was told that it was idiopathic central serous chorioretinopathy. While a terrifying sounding name, its basically harmless. Just a swollen/inflamed part of your eye that will go away on its own. However, if you are still worried, you might want to get a second opinion.

Hope that helps.
Follow up: I went to a government run eye clinic , they went over my symptoms and did a retina scan or check which didn't involve any pupil dilation, I don't know the name for the procedure. The end result was my retinas seem fine, but my symptoms might indicate a scotoma (in their opinion) and I need to go back for a full exam where they will dilate my eyes and check again. This spot has gotten worse in the last two days, it started off only being able to see it in certain conditions, now I see it most of the time, especially when I blink. If i stare at a white piece of paper under fluorescent lights, it appears as a purplish red dot with a yellow aura around it.
I went back to the eye hospital, they did a visual field exam and then dilated my eyes, which they examined with a slit microscope. They said both my eyes look healthy including the macula, however they did notice something very small in my right eye, right where I said the problem was. They booked me in for an OCT exam a month from that date, and said to come back if there were any changes in my vision.

Today I was doing physical work, which I have been doing frequently lately, however today I had some headaches and my vision was a bit weird. About an hour ago another spot showed up, this time in my left eye. It was identical in every way but the shape, this was more of a dark speck rather than a defined ring. I rushed home as I was out at the time, and found it had diminished considerably in that time. My first thought was an ocular migraine, but it was in exactly the same portion of my vision as in my right eye, and looked practically identical symptomatically. I'm going to try get back to the eye clinic tomorrow, until then I can only pray my vision is going. I'm not so sure it is CSR anymore.
UPDATE 2: Went for a more thorough and intensive slit exam on Friday October 27th. With dilation, they found nothing again other than some kind of inflammation which shouldn't cause this, but was responsible for some light sensitivity I've been having lately. They then did an OCT eye exam, which is pretty much the best equipment they have, and again they found nothing. The scan showed my eyes to be in perfect health, pretty much in the green. The macula, retina, and optic nerve were all fine. The doctors are puzzled and have now booked me in January for a CT scan, and have taken some blood samples. I just hope it doesn't get worse or they can find what's causing this. In the meantime I'm taking steroid drops for my eyes along with some drops which dilate them 3x daily.

Today, Tuesday the 31st October, the spot in my left eye has almost entirely vanished, there just seems to be a very vague area of disturbance left in that general area. I cannot account for why my left eye healed, yet my right eye did not.

I will keep updating just in the event someone else has this problem, and I manage to find a solution, also in case someone else out there has already experienced this and could help.
UPDATE 3: One week after the spot appeared in my left eye, it's mostly gone. I noticed today while wearing sunglasses if I look at the sky, I see two yellow patches, very faint, right where the dots are/were in both eyes.

Tonight however, another spot showed up in my right eye, right next to the old one, but slightly higher and still identical to the others.

At this point I'm desperate for advice, the doctors cant seem to help me and these are showing up a lot now, this is literally a week after the last one snowed up and I'm scared I'm losing my vision. I am currently taking dilating eye drops called Cyclomydril, along with Pred Forte eye drops which are a steroid. I am taking these for eye inflammation which they described as being present last Friday (October 27/2017) during my eye exam. I started last Saturday, and have been taking it 3x daily, however today I decided to slow down the dosage as it was causing serious discomfort.

Any help would be appreciated, this is really scaring me at this point.
I've had the same exact thing happen. It was a retinal hemorrhage. I got one for years ago and another one 6 weeks ago. They cause a scotoma or blind spot in the eye which usually resolves mostly. Unfortunately and my case neither one did resolved and I have permanent vision loss and two areas of my right eye. They are hard to deal with at first but the other eye picks up for them after a while. I really think you should be seeing a retina specialist because these are reoccurring. Things that can cause these is spikes and blood pressure anemia or abnormal blood vessels in the eye. Please let me know if you have any other questions because I understand how scary this is for you. Good luck!
Hi, and thank you for your reply!

I've been getting these on and off like a week or two apart for the last two months, they seem to alternate between each eye, while the spot in the right eye that's been there over 3 months remains. I'm off my medicine for what they told me was an inflammation not necessarily related to these spots, however I am still seeing a lot of glare and light sensitivity. They gave me cyclodmydril for dilation, then pred-forte to take after, each 3x daily.

Not once have the people at the eye clinic checked my blood pressure, something I think is a callous oversight on their part.
Man I'm sorry you're going through this. I personally know how scary it is. Right now and for the past 6 months I've been having crazy vision problems. It's like spotty vision with these little random blind spots appearing and disappearing all day a lot of blurry eyesight and weekend dimmed eyesight. Almost every morning when I wake up my eyes roll around uncontrollably and my head and it could last for up to two minutes. But what you are dealing with sounds just like when I got these retina hemorrhages especially when you say the spots don't go away. I would get into a retina specialist ASAP because if they are severe they may require treatment. Also you need to get your blood checked blood sugar checked and blood pressure checked. Common causes of retina hemorrhages are anemia diabetes and high blood pressure. When one of my hemorrhages happened I had ran out of my blood pressure medicine and didn't have money to get more and had a huge Spike of blood pressure I guess and cause the Hemorrhage in my retina. Take care of yourself bud let me know if you have any questions I've been through it and I know what it's like good luck buddy
Hi
I just wanted to say that you need to see an ophthalmologist not an optometrist. If you don't know the difference the ophthalmologist is a doctor. I don't mean to be condescending but not knowing you I don't know if you know the difference. If you did see an ophthalmologist then I recommend a second opinion.

The reason is that I have Glaucoma and I have heard them call it normal pressure Glaucoma. I have had it for probably 10 years and have had to make multiple trips to the doctor for adjustment of my eye drops. I have optic nerve damage and have a couple of black spots that I see. I finally had to have a couple of different surgeries before something finally controlled it. I don't want to alarm you unduly but sometimes the people that dispense glasses don't understand some of this. I was lucky enough to be going to an "old school" optometrist that promptly sent me to an ophthalmologist that specialized in Glaucoma.

Please let us know how this turns out.
[QUOTE=jnrb;5473441]Hi
I just wanted to say that you need to see an ophthalmologist not an optometrist. If you don't know the difference the ophthalmologist is a doctor. I don't mean to be condescending but not knowing you I don't know if you know the difference. If you did see an ophthalmologist then I recommend a second opinion.

The reason is that I have Glaucoma and I have heard them call it normal pressure Glaucoma. I have had it for probably 10 years and have had to make multiple trips to the doctor for adjustment of my eye drops. I have optic nerve damage and have a couple of black spots that I see. I finally had to have a couple of different surgeries before something finally controlled it. I don't want to alarm you unduly but sometimes the people that dispense glasses don't understand some of this. I was lucky enough to be going to an "old school" optometrist that promptly sent me to an ophthalmologist that specialized in Glaucoma.

Please let us know how this turns out.[/QUOTE]

Thanks for the replies everyone. I have been examined by 3 ophthalmologists in different positions at the same hospital. Like I said a few posts up, they did an OCT exam on my eye, and everything came back normal. The exam stated no retinal thinning, the macula was healthy, and my optic nerve was fine. I dont have healthcare and I can only go to government facilities at the moment, and this was the best place to go. Seeing a private ophthalmologist has been something I've been meaning to do, but I just don't have the money and it's fairly expensive. Since I've already done an OCT, my next plan is to try flourescein, but I'll have to do that with a private doctor since the hospital wont elect to go further with this after the OCT came back with no problems.





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