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John6185

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Word to the wise - when you have sudden appearance of lots of "floaters" and/or flashing bright lights get to the eye doctor ASAP (Call and tell them whats happening and they'll get you in that day or the next)...I believe this happens to us all once we get to a certain age.....64 for me.
You are correct, flashing bright light or the appearance of a curtain in your vision, an arc are all signs of a retinal tear and a true emergency. The Ophthalmologist stops whatever he or she is doing on all patients and will take care of this patient.
 

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I've had a floater for years, but it didn't bother me. I had cataract surgery on both eyes last year. As I was laying there waiting for the surgery on my second eye, I discovered I had a second floater which I had never noticed before! Still got 'em, but they really don't bother me at all. Most of the time, I don't even notice them. My distance vision is much better now (without any glasses) than before the surgery. However, my near vision is not nearly as good as before. That is the one thing that disappointed me.
 

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Word to the wise - when you have sudden appearance of lots of "floaters" and/or flashing bright lights get to the eye doctor ASAP (Call and tell them whats happening and they'll get you in that day or the next)...I believe this happens to us all once we get to a certain age.....64 for me.

It is probably just one of those normal aging things: the gel that fills the eyeball shrinks a bit as we age and pulls away from the optic nerve. Usually no harm occurs BUT sometimes a tear in your retina occurs that needs to be zapped by a laser to repair it......otherwise loss of sight occurs.
Could you explain what you mean by flashing bright lights ?
 

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Sudden, brief, intermittent, flash of light. Could be at night with your eyes closed. Ive had both eyes lasered for retina issues.
 

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Best wishes on the upcoming surgery, I bet it will be worth every penny. I had the custom prk, Lasik or whatever they called it at TLC about 15-17 years ago, was pretty expensive but worth it.
I've had floaters since I was at least 18, don't really bother me I am accustomed to it now. However duck/goose hunting floaters piss me off with a clear sky backdrop. Think, catch one floater glimpse and oh ya birds coming in, nope floater.
 

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Gah!! In the last day or two I've noticed a floater in my right eye! It looks like a spider hanging from a thread in front of my eye and moves when I make any eye movement. Guess I'll have to call my eye doctor. I've also noticed that flashing a few times over the weekend. Getting old sucks--until you consider the alternative!
 

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