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   Posted 11/29/2008 11:45 AM (GMT -7)   
I went to the optometrist Wednesday, and everything checks out, yippee! So that is one worry that I can put to rest. I wasn't so worried about just the floaters, and not even when I started seeing halos. But then those together with the shadows that move in in dim light, and after images that I see on the horizon, or anythign else with contrast after just glancing at it... well, I was starting to wonder. She had no idea what could be causing all these things, but at least I know there is nothing physically wrong with my eyes. She suggested it might be neurological. Oh well, I'm not going to drive myself crazy over this one. I am still goign crazy tryign to figure out if the things I see are real or not though! lol. I suppose I'll get used to it in time, like the halos and floaters.
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   Posted 11/29/2008 12:39 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi...don't know how old you are but I am 62 and have the same kind of things going on with my eyes.  I can't look at the computer screen for more than five minutes and everything is a blurr when I look away.  I have floaters and once in a while, I see a white 'arc' flash  in the corner of my left eye.  I see the image of an object after I look away from it for a few moments...and forget a flash bulb from a camera, or even the sun reflecting off the car in front of us...colored  lines that last about a half an hour.  The doc said something about the cones and rods in our eyes don't work so well once we start to age.  I also have an small cataract that causes the prism affect I get while driving at night.  So...I'm not going to go crazy about it either.  Some of it is Fibro...some anxiety and the other just old age!



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   Posted 11/29/2008 12:59 PM (GMT -7)   
floaters! you get those too?? not to jump in here like that, but man that makes me feel better! lol. i have terrible floaters and even though everything checks out fine at my eye exams, they still drive me crazy.

what exactly are halos, btw?

glad to hear your exam checked out ok!

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   Posted 11/29/2008 1:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Vestabula,

I get colored lines, kind of like carnival lights. That lasts me about a half an hour to go away. I was told that they are ocular migraines. I wonder if we are seeing the same thing.

Mine start on one side and work their way to the other. Sometimes I get a headache and nausea after that. I have only had one bad migraine with the headache, I will take the patterns anyday over that headache.

Hope that you are having a good day.

Hugs, Karen
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   Posted 11/29/2008 8:22 PM (GMT -7)   
Darn, something else to look forward to. lol


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   Posted 11/29/2008 8:33 PM (GMT -7)   

Hey Karen...I get the streaks of colored light when I look up in the sky and it's sunny, or like if it's at night and we drive under a traffic light or past the street lights...I see thin streaks of color.  If the sun reflects off something, even water it happens.  Don't know what that is but they last a long time and if I shut my eyes it's even worse!



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   Posted 11/30/2008 1:27 PM (GMT -7)   
Donna, that happens with me too but not for very long.  I just don't give it a thought and it does go away.  Some times when trying to read closed captioning, the words are blurry and I think I need to get my prescription glasses changed but then, a few minutes later, the writing is clear as a bell.  Oh, well....
By the way...congratulations for remembering how old you are!  devil
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