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I am at a loss. I was diagnosed with a Posterial vitreous detachment. I have floaters and a circle flash that appears whenever I move my eye. It disappears as soon as my eye stops moving. My regular eye doctor can not see any retinal damage. Why then am I still seeing a round circle flash of light when I move my eye? Anyone every have something like this? I am so afraid of damage to my retina.
Hi,

I was diagnosed with posterior vitreous detachment in my right eye last year. I have constant floaters in that eye that look like spiderwebs and clumps of mascara. I also see the circular flashes of light that you mention, usually in a dimly lit room. However, I see the glowing disks in both eyes, which my ophthalmologist thinks is a problem with the optic nerve or the visual processing center in my brain, rather than my retinas.

Do you see the circular flashes in both eyes or just one?
[QUOTE=Shashi;3387762]Hi,

I was diagnosed with posterior vitreous detachment in my right eye last year. I have constant floaters in that eye that look like spiderwebs and clumps of mascara. I also see the circular flashes of light that you mention, usually in a dimly lit room. However, I see the glowing disks in both eyes, which my ophthalmologist thinks is a problem with the optic nerve or the visual processing center in my brain, rather than my retinas.

Do you see the circular flashes in both eyes or just one?[/QUOTE]

I see the circular flashes in one eye. Usually when I see a bright sky or white background. I do not notice them in a darker room. I have a lot of floaters...spiderwebs, rounds ones..a huge round one in my line of vision, lines that all move together. They all appeared together too.

How do they determine whether your problem is with the visual processing center in your brain? I hope you get an answer.

I have an appointment with a retinal doc the end of this month.
I have floaters but they told me they were benign. I also see little swirling lines or movements when looking at a light background. Today after a hard sneeze, I saw these circling, swirling lines light up! That was scary like seeing stars. I don't have a ton of floaters but they are there. The doc says I have more than normal but not to worry.:confused:
[QUOTE=webbie73;3378916]I am at a loss. I was diagnosed with a Posterial vitreous detachment. I have floaters and a circle flash that appears whenever I move my eye. It disappears as soon as my eye stops moving. My regular eye doctor can not see any retinal damage. Why then am I still seeing a round circle flash of light when I move my eye? Anyone every have something like this? I am so afraid of damage to my retina.[/QUOTE]

All of these symptoms are typical of PVD so it is surprising that your opthalmologist did not tell you that. If you do a search for PVD on the Internet, you will find plenty of information on the subject.
[QUOTE=richedie;3408912]Is there a cause of this? I do not see flashes whe nmoving my eye but if I look at the sky...I see little swirling things and sometimes if I blow my nose too hard I get the little switling lights.[/QUOTE]

I'm no expert but that just sounds like a momentary increase in intracranial pressure due to the nose blowing. When I was a kid, there was a phase of the sort of silly games that children play, holding the nose and blowing hard to cause a dizzy spell.
On the other hand, PVD is apparently a condition that typically affects the over 60s. In many cases it happens without causing any ill effects but in others it causes coloured light displays similar to migraines and may leave floaters.
[QUOTE=brianmf;3407822]All of these symptoms are typical of PVD so it is surprising that your opthalmologist did not tell you that. If you do a search for PVD on the Internet, you will find plenty of information on the subject.[/QUOTE]

Right, I did say I was diagnosed with PVD. My concern was the fact I it is now 3 months later and I am still seeing flashing lights when I move my eye. I know this is caused by stimulating the retina. I have not found too much written about how long I can expect to see the archs of light. I am also not in my 60's.
[QUOTE=webbie73;3409679]Right, I did say I was diagnosed with PVD. My concern was the fact I it is now 3 months later and I am still seeing flashing lights when I move my eye. I know this is caused by stimulating the retina. I have not found too much written about how long I can expect to see the archs of light. I am also not in my 60's.[/QUOTE]

I still do not know what I have for sure but it is starting to look like PVD with macular traction. In other words, incomplete detachment. My visual displays went on getting worse every day from mid-July to mid-November and have not occured since the day I woke up with the blurred vision that I still have.
I don't know if that 4-month period of visual disturbance is typical or not and it seems that the opthalmologists here have little knowledge on the subject. Surprising because the info I have read on the Internet implies that PVD is a common occurrence.
Seeing "little swirly things" when looking at the sky (or a solid colored wall) is perfectly normal. Floaters are in the jelly part of your eye (vitreous) all the time, but you only really notice them when against a solid background or the sky.

Webbie 73, I've been seeing the circular flashes of light for over a year now. I have my annual appointment with my ophthalmologist next Friday. I'll let you know what I find out.
[QUOTE=Shashi;3413562]Seeing "little swirly things" when looking at the sky (or a solid colored wall) is perfectly normal. Floaters are in the jelly part of your eye (vitreous) all the time, but you only really notice them when against a solid background or the sky.

Webbie 73, I've been seeing the circular flashes of light for over a year now. I have my annual appointment with my ophthalmologist next Friday. I'll let you know what I find out.[/QUOTE]

Hi Shashi!

My doctor also said the floaters are normal and that I have more than normal but I shouldn't worry. Can some of them appear to be clear in addition to the dark colored ones? He says since I am stressed and very 'in tune' to them being there, that I am notcing them more than the average person. He said my brain should eventually block them out most of the time. I would think it is bad that the vitreous is breaking down. Doesn't that imply a detachment?

Really? The "little swirly things" when looking at the sky (or a solid colored wall) is perfectly normal? I never knew that. How did you leard that? What is that? They never bother me and I only notice when looking at the sky. I did see them light up when I blew my nose really hard one day but I have heard of people seeing stars from sneezing, blowing there nose, etc.

I only noticed these the last few months since stressing over some other physical problems and having anxiety issues so it could be related. The good thing is, they say my vision is fine and they did some extensive testing about a month ago.

If you are seeing circular flashes or any flashes...wouldn't that indicate detachment?





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