Hi. I'm online and happy to answer your question today.
Good afternoon and congratulations on the upcoming addition to your family :-)
Does this circle move around in your field of view?
it's in the same spot no matter where I look
I guess it's in the same spot in my field of view
but it moves as I look around the room
Ok. I would like you to try something for me. Wearing your normal glasses (if you have any) close your right eye. Now. Using only the left eye open a magazine or book and try to read. Does this spot get in the way? If so, how does it interfere?
Also look across the room. Does the spot stay right in the center of what you are looking at, like a rifle scope, or kinda move off to the side and around?
The spot is in the way when I try to read I can see around the egdes but can't read through it. I feel like it stays in my direct view. It never moves out of my sight line. Never in my peripheral
You mentioned flashes of light in the periphery. Since you first noticed things yesterday, does it seem like there is a curtain or shade moving across your field of vision?
No - it's a circle and in one section of its rim there is a slight indent with a tiny flasher
Ok. And this circle is in the center of your vision; the periphery is clear? Two more questions :) 1. Other than being pregnant, do you have any medical problems or take any medication? 2. Is your right eye affected at all as far as you can tell?
Yes, my periphery is clear. I dont have any medical problems and the only meds I've been taking are my prenatal vitamins. My right eye seems unaffected.
I woke up like this yesterday morning... :-(
Ok. Well, I can tell you where the problem is located in your eye, and what you need to do.....
Your problem is most likely with your retina, a very important part called the macula.
ok - it's like I've been poked in the eye...
Why this is happening to you at this moment, I really can't say. But, as to what you should do I can offer advice.
You need to be examined by an ophthalmologist. Today would be best. As a matter of fact I would call around and demand to be seen right away. Going to the ER will not be of any value, unless there is an ophthalmologist on call who can come in and examine you. This issue is really beyond the ability and training of anyone other than an eye surgeon to deal with.
ok - risk to losing my vision permanently?
is there a risk I could, I mean?
That is a very good question. As a retina specialist I deal with issues like yours every day and I can tell you that the majority of causes that would suddenly affect your eye in the way you have experienced can be taken care of. As to what the final visual outcome will be....that depends on what is going on.
At this point I feel that your have a very good chance of a good visual outcome.
ok - I will get in to see someone right away.
But the sooner you get seen and therapy started, the better.
Does this make sense to you?
this is just bizarre
yes, it makes sense
I understand. But, I'm glad you reached out for advice rather then waiting.
Also, dont' worry...the eye drops used in the doctors office are safe for the baby.
I hope this information was helpful for you. But I do work for tips so I want to make sure you are happy with me before rating me. If you have another question on this or a related issue feel free to fire away. And please let me know if the rating system gives you any troubles. Thanks in advance, Dr. Rick
I got an appointment for 2:30 today! Thanks again!
Dr. Rick - The doctor said I have central serous retinopathy (choroidopathy). It looks like I may be half blind until I deliver this baby (not due until early May) unless I miraculously improve. I dont think I want to do laser surgery prior to delivery since the chances of it getting better after delivery are pretty good. But if it gets worse between now and May, I think I'll go ahead and try the surgery. I'm bummed, but I'm glad I know what's wrong and that the chances of my vision being altered permanently are low. Thanks again for your advice!