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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.

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.

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