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I suffer from glaucoma. Recently (last few days) have

developed a smaer or blur...
I suffer from glaucoma. Recently (last few days) have developed a smaer or blur in one eye that moves in the opposite direction. Not a normal floater?
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Dr. Rick
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Customer:

Yes

Dr. Rick :

Are you seeing any flashes of light in the affected eye or is your vision affected?

Dr. Rick :

Hi. Welcome to chat.

Customer:

No flashes or pain. I know what normal floaters look like. This seems to look as though I have a dirty mark on the eye. When I move the eye in one direction, the mark appears to move in the opposite firection.

Dr. Rick :

That is the way that a normal floater acts, however, as you said, this is not like floaters you've had in the past. Does the smear have a hint of any kind of color or is your eye affected in any other way? Is it red? Painful? vision decreased?

Customer:

No other obvious issues. The reason I was concerned is that it is reacting differently to normal. With normal floaters, moving the eye is followed by the floaters in the same direction ( in the interior). This seems like its on the surface, almost like a water drop on my glasses. It is just very noticable in bright light.

Dr. Rick :

Ok. Well, a blurry spot from a cataract would not cause this symptom, however it, conceivably, be something in your tear film....but.....that would tend to come and go and never be the same twice.

Dr. Rick :

It is much more plausible that what is causing this smear is inside your eye, more specifically, in your vitreous cavity. Could it be a bit of blood from a small retinal tear? Yup. It could also be a group of old floaters that have 'grouped' together to make this smear. I

Dr. Rick :

It is not unusual for them to move in your visual field in the manner you are describing.

Customer:

Visual field also seems unaffected. Peripheral vision is OK, its just a pesky blur moving across the eye as it moves. I would normally go see a specialist but as I am abroad, my Spanish is not so good with medical things. Do you suggest leaving it a few days and then seeking further help. I dont get paid if I dont work?

Dr. Rick :

Unless you are an Olympic Weight Lifter giving a seminar in Spain, I think you will be ok to work. How long until you get back to where there are some English speaking eye docs?

Dr. Rick :

I suggest you go to the Spanish Rivera and, using the young ladies as a visual target, check the vision in each eye 3x a day.

Customer:

Could be a while, may be better to seek the help of a translator, the medical help here is very good, its just the language thats the problem. If you think a few days more is not dangerous, i'll follow it up next week. Thanks for your help

Dr. Rick :

I could right you a script lol!

Dr. Rick :

I think a few days more would not be a danger. However, if things change, the smear gets bigger, or you have any other symptoms, you should get a translator and be seen.

Customer:

I'll speak to my Spanish friend this evening. Thanks

Dr. Rick :

My pleasure.

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