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If the sparkles are seen only for few minutes to an hour with no other ocular problem such as reduced vision, then it is likely to be due to migraine.
For how long has the sparkles lasted continously?
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The major concern with flashes or sparkles as you have described, is the possibility of retinal tears.
It is good to know that your eyes have already been examined by a retina specialist who has found an intact retina with no tears or holes.
PVD , as you are aware about, may not have the same presentation in all individuals. Sometimes the vitreous takes longer to get detached ( especially in younger individuals).
Since the vitreous has attachments to the adjoining retina, the retina gets pulled at or has a traction. The retina invariably gives rise to the symptoms of flashes of light everytime it undergoes a traction. It is likely that the vitreous is getting detached much slowly in your case thus giving rise to sparkles.
You would need urgent retinal specialist care in case the sparkles are also associated with a sudden fogginess of vision which is typically described as curtain or veil falling in front of your vision. This is seen in case of a retinal detachment and is an eye emergency which requires urgent care.
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Yes, other PVD sufferers too have nagging problems from flashes and floaters.
Usually these symptoms would subside once the vitreous gets completely detached.
it would be difficult to tell how long it would take for the vitreous to get detached in your case, however.
Sometimes very early cataract can cause such visual distortions ( colored halos, multiple vision).
Yes your retina specialist would have easily detected cataracts if present.
You can expect the symptoms to subside or reduce in intensity once the vitreous detaches completely.
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Vitrectomy is rarely done for persistent floaters which interfere with day to day routine activities but never done for flashes of light.
I guess you need to have patience till the flashes subside over a period of time considering the fact that your retina is intact ( recent eye exam).
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ok so (for the third time) I had my retina specialist do another check. He said no tears or detachment and that my macular was great and everything looked healthy (as can be with RP). He said that the sparkles or flashes can last longer than the textbook 4-6 weeks and that I was going to be ok. I was sobbing in the office. It's just so scary when something messes with your sight. I also explained that light coming in from windows or over head canned lights are really bothersome. He said that is a usual complaint from his PVD patients. I noticed the flashes get worse when i get up fast, run down the stairs, or move my head a lot. They are still there when I am just sitting though. I hope they go away soon =( Does this all sound about right to you?