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Are you nearsighted?
hi yes im here, yes im nearsighted
do you know your presciption?
erm not sure i dont think it is severly nearsighted
if you don't have glasses on, are you able to watch television or drive?
no i need glasses for everything
ok- any family history of retinal tears or detachments?
my brother had a detached retina twice due to a sports injury
And are these flickers always in the same eye or is it alternating between eyes?
i think it is just in my right eye, the flickering is dark
If it turns out that this is an isolated incident- not to worry. But if it continues to occur- I would worry about a retinal tear or detachment.
Especially if it is always in the same location
Other things to look out for are: shower of floaters, a veil over a part of your vision, a sensation that your glasses are foggy or dirty.
Is there anything I should do in the meantime. it has occurred a few times but I had an eye exam only last week and nothing was found. I am worried about blood flow to my eye, would I get this type of symptom
why are you worried about blood flow- you are only 24 years old
are you taking any medication?
are you suffering from a headache or migraines?
Im overweight and suffering from strange headaches at the moment, like a pulsating, vibrating feeling. It feels as though my brain is expanding and contracting. It comes on in waves
no, no medication
Are you being evaluated for your headaches?
my doctor wont refer me to a neurologist
well- I am not sure how the health care system works in the UK! Not that great obviously but this is no the forum for that.
But I would only worry if you experience the symptoms I described above.
At least with regard to your eye
A retina tear is not something that your doctor could have PREDICTED 4 months ago. It is spontaneous.
so if you get those symptoms- go to the emergency room.
ok, so no need to worry about blood flow or anything else like that, only if it is a retinal tear with the other symptoms?
would an eye doctor be able to clearly see if there was a retinal tear if i got an eye exam tomorrow?
do you know if there are neurology causes that would create this symptom and if so is it potentially sight threatening
Well we could go over every ophthalmological issue that can cause a flicker- I mean you could have a aneurysm in your head, optic neuritis, infection, etc etc, etc. But from what I have learned about you, your symptoms, your history- you are most likely at risk for this and "aura" associated with migraines. We can never be 100% sure about all the other things. Your interist feels that you are healthy based on your medical record- and thus the reason for not getting another opinion. I hope this is the case! I would not worry too much. Keep an eye out for the tings I discussed with you. Hopefully, this flicker will not recur and you dont have to worry at all.
sorry I meant your internist
ok thank you