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After a migraine I woke up one day with a black spot on my…

After a migraine I woke...
After a migraine I woke up one day with a black spot on my left vision. First it looked like a crescent moon which grew bigger the next day. I could not read nor see with that eye. Today my left vision is blurry and moves like water. What is that?
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1/19/2011
Dr. Rick
Dr. Rick, Board Certified MD
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Dr. Rick :

Hi. I'm online and happy to answer your question today.

Dr. Rick :

Are you available to chat?

Customer:

Yes

Dr. Rick :

Is your right eye affected at all?

Customer:

No

Dr. Rick :

Did your vision return to normal after the crescent moon thing, the inability to read and now the water moving vision or has it been bad since things started?

Customer:

It has been bad since it started.

Dr. Rick :

Ok. Do you take any medications or have any medical problems, or any drug use? Does the eye look normal?

Customer:

The eye looks normal. I am taking Abilify 25 mg for bipolar.

Dr. Rick :

One more question....sorry about all of them....was the crescent thing in the center of your vision or off to the side?

Customer:

On the bottom.

Dr. Rick :

Any flashes of light or spots floating in your vision?

Customer:

Yes there was, when it was still like a crescent moon.

Dr. Rick :

And now the vision is bad in that eye, your can't read anything and the eyeball, when you look at in the mirror looks pretty much normal?

Customer:

Yes it looks normal, but I can't read nor see a person stood in front of me. Now my vision is "better" though it's still very blurry.

Dr. Rick :

Ok. Well, I think I can, finally, stop asking questions :o)

Dr. Rick :

The most worrisome thing that comes to mind in your case is a retinal detachment in progress.

Customer:

So that's what I thought. What I can do to prevent it getting worse?

Dr. Rick :

You have had a significant vision loss and the way it has progresses suggests that a portion of your retina detached when you were seeing the flashes and it has now progressed toward the center of your retina, called the macula.

Customer:

Why I could see a little bit better now?

Dr. Rick :

There is nothing you can do at home. You really need to call then closest ophthalmologist to you and get in to see then right away. I am sure who ever you call will get you in immediately when you call.

Customer:

I have an appointment with an opthalmologist now. So thank you and good bye.

Dr. Rick :

The vision will wax and wane a little as the fluid shifts behind the detached retina. Even if it doesn't turn out to be a detached retina you really must be examined by an eye surgeon right now.

Dr. Rick :

bye

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