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Experience:  Ophthalmology since 1994 with Retina sub-specialty interest
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I have a black circle in my field of vision from my left e

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I have a black circle in my field of vision from my left eye
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Eye
Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 6 years ago.

Dr. Rick :

Hi. I'm online and happy to answer your question today.

Dr. Rick :

are you available to chat?

Dr. Rick :

Is it in the middle of your vision, making it hard to read or does it float around and really cause any reduction in your ability to see?

Dr. Rick :

I ment to say: "....float around and really NOT cause any ......."

Customer:

It is in the lower half and does not move

Dr. Rick :

have you seen any flashes of light?

Customer:

I have bouts of that in both eyes but not today

Dr. Rick :

So you are saying that the lower half of your visual field is kinda "missing" in your left eye, but you can still see fairly well out of that eye. Is this correct? If so, how long has this been going on and has this spot gotten any larger since you first noticed it?

Customer:

I can see in the rest of the field of the left eye clearly. It just started this evening.

Dr. Rick :

Ok. Well the most likely cause of your symptoms is what we call a macula on retinal detachment. This is, in my opinion as a retina doc, a true emergency requiring evaluation right now. I suggest you call your local emergency room and ask if they have an ophthalmologist on call who can see you ASAP. If not, ask them where one would be available. Also, do not do any heavy lifting or straining, do not eat or drink anything on the way to the ER and pack an overnight bag in case you do have a macula on RD and a retina specialist is available to treat you tonight

Dr. Rick :

Does this make sense to you?

Customer:

ok thanks

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Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 6 years ago.
I wish you the best of luck. Take care and let me know if there is anything else I can do to help
Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 6 years ago.
I was just thinking about you. How did things turn out yesterday?