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Hi. I'm online and happy to answer your question today.
I am a retina specialist who has a 4 month old grandson and a 2 month old granddaughter...wanna trade out some care lol!
How long did this episode last?
Did you notice any problems reading (with both eyes open) during this event?
Are you available to chat?
Noticed this mostly between patients, which are long consults (not reg pedi), so this morning at maybe 10 or 11 was when I first noticed it, and by now
3pm it has started to lift
No problems reading
yes available to chat.
Sorry a patient called as soon as the chat button came up.
I made it quick hope you can return
Are all the black thready thing gone?
And would you say your vision is now normal in all respects?
still seeing little threads but not as much as a couple hours ago
vision has stayed normal throughout
they are much more peripheral now. for awhile they were more central and very annoying and thicker
Have you noticed any curtain coming across your visual field from any direction, a large number of flashes of light, or any large increase in floaters? (You have already answered some of these...)
no flashers at all, no curtains that sounds scary, but no.
Ya...a curtain gets you to the OR tonight.....kinda scary :)
but you don't have that.
the increase was a bit concerning but nice they are diminishing, I think i feel more comfortable with watch and wait, but great to run into this website...
and to talk with a retinal specialist
so as a ped and only just 64 now, I'm only learning about these old people problems...
Well, from what you have told me the differential includes a acephalgic migraine, a posterior vitreous detachment in progress (not involving the retina) or a small vitreous bleed from any number of sources.
yes, i was wondering about a bleed at first. but clearing up so fast?
I'm 53 and have already started the lessons....back pain when doing long surgeries...
That is why if it was a bleed, it is very small and settled fast.....not really likely but has to be on the list. As you know, if you don't think of it, you can't diagnose it :)
acephalic migraine, that sounds interesting. I practically never have had headaches but I do wonder about this tiny suggestion of pain behind my eyebrow.
I think you are safe to give yourself permission to watch and wait No need to call in a favor from your ophthalmologist friend at this point.
so these posterior vitreous detachment seems to happen to us old folks, in my quick ophthm study today
It is probably number one on my list. You know, diagnosing eye problems is easier in person....
thank you. I really appreciate this kind of service!!
Where are you going on your trip and for how long?
My pleasure. I do this between patients and in my spare time. It's fun. You should check it out, we can always use a good Pedes person.
Asheville NC, from New Haven CT. for 4 days. Brother in law with brand new dx stage 4 lung cancer.
Darn. Sorry to hear that.
yes, i was going to ask you about this.
At least there will be eye docs available if you need them...although I don't think you will.
yeah, he was fine when we saw him last nov, but it was brewing. He's lost 30#, and was thin to start with
oh yeah, tons of resources there
Is there anything else you would like to ask me today before you get back to clinic?
so how do you get into this just answer thing? Is there a place
go back to work sorry, I'll look around
thanks so much