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On Friday, I noticed a thin semicircular line of very small

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On Friday, I noticed a thin semicircular line of very small dots in the upper vision field of my right eye. It moves with my eye movements, but not like floaters, as it stops moving when my eye stops. I've also had an increase in floaters in my right eye only, to the point where there is a tiny dot every few millimetres. I went to my eye doctor on Saturday and he didn't find any tears in my retina and couldn't explain my symptoms.

As I am very near-sighted (prescription of 11.5 in both eyes), I am worried there's something wrong that my doctor missed. Should I get a second opinion? What else could cause these symptoms if there are no retinal tears?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Eye
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Expert:  Dr. Tom replied 1 year ago.

First, I am sorry that you are having these problems. May I ask if you were examined by an ophthalmologist?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I was examined by my optometrist.
Expert:  Dr. Tom replied 1 year ago.
Thanks for that information. Yes, to your question.....you need to be evaluated by an ophthalmologist...preferably a retina specialist.
Expert:  Dr. Tom replied 1 year ago.
Christine, Let me add that there is a good possibility that what you are dealing with is a posterior vetrious detachment. It could cause the similar symptoms, but a retinal tear must be ruled out ...and a retina specialist is the best choice for the correct evaluation. If there is a small tear he can fix it with laser right in his office.
Expert:  Dr. Tom replied 1 year ago.
Christine, could you please reply so that I can know if you are getting these answers?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Sorry, all of my replies aren't going through for some reason. I asked whether these symptoms sound pressing enough to go to an Eye ER, or if I would be alright to wait until Tuesday? Also, is a posterior vetriousdetachment common for someone my age?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Also, if I do have a posterior vitreous detachment, what sort of treatment am I looking at? Is there anything I should be doing or not doing in the meantime to not exacerbate the problem?
Expert:  Dr. Tom replied 1 year ago.
Sorry, I don't know if my last reply came through....a vitreous detachment doesn't need specific.....but you must get the retina question resolved. A retinal tear does need urgent treatment. A retina specialist may be on call at your ER. Please let me know if you receive this response?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Okay. I think I will make a visit to my ER to make sure. Thank you for your time and your help!
Expert:  Dr. Tom replied 1 year ago.
That is a good idea...please let me know how things work out.
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