seeing crescent light flashes for nearly 2 days

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macksmom
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Date Joined Apr 2007
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   Posted 4/1/2007 3:16 PM (GMT -6)   
This my first post..........I found you be doing a search on ocular migraines.
I guess my concern is how long this is going on - it's been about 40 hours since it started.
I had to make a long car trip that involved 7 hours of driving. My first symptom was like a raggedy lace curtain on the left peripherary of my left eye. It was spinach green. It annoyed me all day, I couldn't do anything to make it leave. I wear green eyeliner and at first thought there was some make-up floating on the surface of my cornea.
I was quite tired when I got home, still had a lot to do to prepare for an even the next day. By 9:30 I was too tired to continue and got ready for bed. When I walked into the dark bathroom I started seeing bright, tiny flashing lights. They seem to be in a crescent shape and made up of sawtooth-type-arrowheads traveling from the top of this crescent to the bottom. I cannot see them when I close my eyes. I was exhausted and decided to go to bed and slept deeply. When I woke up and opened my eyes in a dark room, the lights started again. The 'green lace curtain' had diminished somewhat but was still there. I spent some time in the ER and saw a regular doc who talked to me and thought I should see an opthalmologist. The MD did not come in but spoke with the ER doc over the phone and said it sounded like ocular migraine. (I had been to the internet and found sudden floaters , which I've never had and flashing lights as classic for detached retinae which is why I headed for the ER.
That is pretty much what happened. I came home and rested most of the day (per the ER doc). Today, the floater is even more diminished but the flashing lights go on........everything I've read about ocular migraines says they last a few to several minutes. BTW - I have no history of migraine headaches nor have I had any nausea or pain with this situation.
I guess I'm wondering if it sounds familiar to anyone and how long should it last before I insist on seeing a specialist?

macksmom
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   Posted 4/3/2007 10:17 AM (GMT -6)   
I found out what it was (is) - after going to the ER, seeing an optometrist and finally an opthalmologist:
POSTERIOR VITREOUS DETACHMENT - PVD. Apparently very common in us older folks. Just posting for the information of others surfing thru.

http://www.rnib.org.uk/xpedio/groups/public/documents/PublicWebsite/public_rnib003660.hcsp

Annuk
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   Posted 4/3/2007 12:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Macksmom,

Welcome to Healing Well. So sorry you have been going through this. Thank you for letting us know what the diagnosis turned out to be aswell!

Please feel free to keep in touch and let us know how things develop for you.

take care

Ann
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lupusnewbie
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   Posted 10/10/2011 8:15 PM (GMT -6)   
I have PVD as well with an ugly dangling thing with a hook at the end in my right eye.  It's been there for weeks now.  Saw 3 doctors.  The third said "gravity will lower it in 6 to 8 weeks."  I don't believe that for a minute as it has not changed one iota in weeks.  I still have light flashes in a darkened room and in bright light or sunlight the "dangly monster" appears and swims around.  The third opthalmologist I saw said she sees at lest 3 a day with this problem.  Average age is 80.  I'm 68..just!  HELLO DOCTOR??????
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