Eye

Ask an Eye Doctor and Get an Answer ASAP

Ask a Doctor,
Get an Answer ASAP!

Eye

I have Macular degeneration in right eye, left eye less

Customer Question
damage & now have what...
I have Macular degeneration in right eye, left eye less damage & now have what looks like
an oval or ball with what looks like smoke rings in the left eye, the size varies & jitters less if I am calm I have been going to a retina doctor who cannot or will not say wht it is & what is going on. I am a senior citizen & must find out so I can prepare for what can happen to the sight in the left "good eye. Please advise me. Thank you.
Submitted: 6 years ago.Category: Eye
Show More
Show Less
Ask Your Own Eye Question
Answered in 5 minutes by:
8/11/2011
Eye Doctor: Dr. Rick, Board Certified MD replied 6 years ago
Dr. Rick
Dr. Rick, Board Certified MD
Category: Eye
Satisfied Customers: 11,672
Experience: Ophthalmology since 1994 with Retina sub-specialty interest
Verified
Dr. Rick :

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

Dr. Rick :

Do you have wet or dry macular degeneration in your right eye? Do you know what type of macular degeneration you have in your left eye?

Customer:

Dry

Dr. Rick :

I am a retina doc also.

Dr. Rick :

Ok. So. In addition to this oval/smoke ring things in the vision in your left eye, have you noticed any changes in your amsler grid?

Dr. Rick :

Hi. Are you still there?

Customer:

What is this grid?

Customer:

My regular reading has been ok.

Dr. Rick :

It is a piece of paper or a card with small dot in the middle of a grid of little squares. Sometimes it is a white background with black lines and sometimes it is a black background with white lines. It is called an amsler grid and is used to find/document changes in your central vision, usually due to problems with the macula. Does your doctor ever have you look at something like this, one eye at a time?

Customer:

I can see the Dot in the middle ok if thats the grid you mean.

Dr. Rick :

Good. Do you notice if any of the lines are warped, bent or missing?

Customer:

NO

Dr. Rick :

Ok. I am glad to hear that your reading vision is OK. Tell me a little bit more about these smoke like rings. Do they float around in your visual field and kinda come and go?

Customer:

It looks like smoke strings in an oval or round ball

Customer:

If I get excited it goes faster & faster

Dr. Rick :

The good news is that you are being taken care of by an expert in macular diseases. I believe I know what is going on: You are experiencing a posterior vitreous detachment.

Dr. Rick :

This is a very a common event that happens in many people.

You have a thick gel material in the middle of your eyes called the vitreous. Over time as it liquefies, this gel material collapses on itself, forms little clumps that you can see as dots, lines or bugs. As these clumps form the vitreous pulls away from the wall of the eye. In the process it can stimulate the retina -- causing the flashes that you may see.

It is recommended that you see your ophthalmologist to look at the retina to make sure there are no problems such as a retinal hole or tear. In most cases, there are no problems, but this exam is precautionary and allows for preventative treatment of any lesions that are found.

If you notice a sudden increase in floaters, flashes of light (like a lightning storm), or a shadow/veil in the periphery of your vision, this can be worrisome for a retinal detachment. You would need to contact your ophthalmologist promptly in that case.


Dr. Rick :

It is nothing that is going to adversely affect your macular degeneration and, as long as your retina is OK, it will not cause any damage to your vision. Since it seems that you have already had an exam by your retina doc since this all started, and he didn't find anything new wrong, you should be fine.

Dr. Rick :

Now, should he have at least discussed this with you? Ya, he should have noticed that you were worried and spent a few minutes talking to you. But, hey, I guess that is why Just Answer is here :)

Dr. Rick :

Does this make sense to you?

Customer:

Will this go away it is having an effect on my vison as I keep turning my head to the left when it obstructs what I am looking at.

Dr. Rick :

Well, floaters don't go away, and they don't really get worse. Over time they tend to "sink" out of your central vision and you brain "filters" them out so you don't notice them so much anymore. They almost never cause significant visual problems except, of course, if they cause a secondary retinal detachment as discussed above. The only way to decrease or remove the floaters is with a major surgery called a vitrectomy. As a retinal specialist for almost 2 decades I've only done this procedure to remove floaters in a handful of cases.


Customer:

thank you for your help.

Dr. Rick :

My pleasure. Have a good evening.

Dr. Rick :

What can you do about the floaters? Well, floaters don't go away, and they don't really get worse. Over time they tend to "sink" out of your central vision and you brain "filters" them out so you don't notice them so much anymore. They almost never cause significant visual problems except, of course, if they cause a secondary retinal detachment as discussed above. The only way to decrease or remove the floaters is with a major surgery called a vitrectomy. As a retinal specialist for almost 2 decades I've only done this procedure to remove floaters in a handful of cases.


Ask Your Own Eye Question
Eye Doctor: Dr. Rick, Board Certified MD replied 6 years ago
Let me know if there are there any other concerns or issues you would like to discuss on this topic.
Dr. Rick
Dr. Rick, Board Certified MD
Category: Eye
Satisfied Customers: 11,672
Experience: Ophthalmology since 1994 with Retina sub-specialty interest
Verified
Dr. Rick and 87 other Eye Specialists are ready to help you
Ask your own question now
Ask Dr. Rick Your Own Question
Dr. Rick
Dr. Rick
Dr. Rick, Board Certified MD
Category: Eye
Satisfied Customers: 11,672
11,672 Satisfied Customers
Experience: Ophthalmology since 1994 with Retina sub-specialty interest

Dr. Rick is online now

A new question is answered every 9 seconds

How JustAnswer works:

  • Ask an ExpertExperts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional AnswerVia email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site. Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction GuaranteeRate the answer you receive.

JustAnswer in the News:

Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.

What Customers are Saying:

I feel so much better today, and upon further investigation believe that there is a chance that the responses I got saved me from a serious, even life threatening situation. I am very grateful to the experts who answered me.

Susan O.USA

Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help.

Mary C.Freshfield, Liverpool, UK

This expert is wonderful. They truly know what they are talking about, and they actually care about you. They really helped put my nerves at ease. Thank you so much!!!!

AlexLos Angeles, CA

Thank you for all your help. It is nice to know that this service is here for people like myself, who need answers fast and are not sure who to consult.

GPHesperia, CA

I couldn't be more satisfied! This is the site I will always come to when I need a second opinion.

JustinKernersville, NC

Just let me say that this encounter has been entirely professional and most helpful. I liked that I could ask additional questions and get answered in a very short turn around.

EstherWoodstock, NY

Thank you so much for taking your time and knowledge to support my concerns. Not only did you answer my questions, you even took it a step further with replying with more pertinent information I needed to know.

RobinElkton, Maryland

< Previous | Next >

Meet the Experts:

Dr. Dan B.

Dr. Dan B.

Board Certified Ophthalmologist

3,334 satisfied customers

Eye surgeon experienced in cataracts, glaucoma, retina & neuro-ophthalmology

Dr. Stan

Dr. Stan

Ophthalmologist

905 satisfied customers

Johns Hopkins Fellowship Trained, Certified and Licensed Medical Physician and Surgeon

Dr. Stevens

Dr. Stevens

Ophthalmologist

629 satisfied customers

Board Certified Ophthalmologist

Dr. Susan

Dr. Susan

Ophthalmologist

217 satisfied customers

Board Certified & Fellowship trained eye surgeon.

Dr. JP

Dr. JP

Ophthalmology, Oculoplastic Surgery

28 satisfied customers

Harvard Medical School, Massachussetts Eye and Ear

Dr-Trace

Dr-Trace

Board Certified Ophthalmologist

26 satisfied customers

Board Certified in General Ophthalmology

Dr. Daniel Jewelewicz

Dr. Daniel Jewelewicz

Board Certified Ophthalmologist

11 satisfied customers

Glaucoma Specialist, Associate Professor FAU, Teaching Faculty Bascom Palmer Eye Institute

< Previous | Next >

Related Eye Questions
I have been seen by both Ophthalmologists & Neurologists but
I have been seen by both Ophthalmologists & Neurologists but have not had satisfactory answers. … read more
Dr. Rick
Dr. Rick
Board Certified MD
11,672 satisfied customers
I met with that other ophthalmologist in the same office
I met with that other ophthalmologist in the same office today, and she went into considerable detail about my present condition and what changes she recommended in all the steps I have been doing. He… read more
Dr. Rick
Dr. Rick
Board Certified MD
11,672 satisfied customers
Can an ophthalmologist see a brain tumor in the front of the
Can an ophthalmologist see a brain tumor in the front of the head or eyes? Or any indication of one ? When the eyes are dilated ?… read more
Dr. Arun Phophalia
Dr. Arun Phophalia
Consultant Surgeon and Sports Medicine
Post-Doctoral Degree
32,951 satisfied customers
I am having second vitrectomy done to remove left over gel.
I am having second vitrectomy done to remove left over gel. Would this decrease the future bleeding from occurring?… read more
Dr. Rick
Dr. Rick
Board Certified MD
11,672 satisfied customers
90 days post-op vitrectomy for retinal detachment, pupil
90 days post-op vitrectomy for retinal detachment, pupil remains dilated- just looking for some good news... … read more
Dr Stan
Dr Stan
DO
2,566 satisfied customers
I have rebleed twice after vitrectomy due to retinopathy.
I have rebleed twice after vitrectomy due to retinopathy. Are there treatment to stop rebleed from occurring again? Thank you… read more
Dr. Rick
Dr. Rick
Board Certified MD
11,672 satisfied customers
I had vitreous hemorrhages and had surgery to repair that
I had vitreous hemorrhages and had surgery to repair that and since then no longer have clear vision in that eye - I see like a yellow film and it is very blurry - is this normal? … read more
Dr. Rick
Dr. Rick
Board Certified MD
11,672 satisfied customers
Is there an ophthalmologist available? I am having trouble
Hello, is there an ophthalmologist available? I am having trouble with continuing dry eye, red eyes, tight stiff eye muscles and blurry vision. Recently, my eyes have been watering mostly when I wake … read more
Dr Stan
Dr Stan
DO
2,566 satisfied customers
I am getting a flash of light in my right eye when I turn
Hello,I am getting a flash of light in my right eye when I turn the eyes right and left and up and down Canyou advise please David … read more
Dr. Rick
Dr. Rick
Board Certified MD
11,672 satisfied customers
Does a vitrectomy done w a cataract surgery increase the
Does a vitrectomy done w a cataract surgery increase the surgeon's visibility to the retina where he is not able to see otherwise? Thank you… read more
Dr. Rick
Dr. Rick
Board Certified MD
11,672 satisfied customers
I already had a vitrectomy 10 months ago. Bleeding occurs
I already had a vitrectomy 10 months ago. Bleeding occurs again 6 months later . even though the surgeon said the retina looked good. He wants do another vitrectomy along w the cataract surgery. Would… read more
Dr. Rick
Dr. Rick
Board Certified MD
11,672 satisfied customers
I had vitrectomy surgery to repair a torn retina 7 weeks
I had vitrectomy surgery to repair a torn retina 7 weeks ago. A gas bubble was inserted and it appears , in my line of vision, to have shrunk about 93% of it's original size. The small circular shape … read more
Gaurav Gupta
Gaurav Gupta
MD, CEO
Post-Doctoral Degree
22 satisfied customers
VITRECTOMY SURGERY, RECOVERY TIME *HOW LONG) AND DRIVING
VITRECTOMY SURGERY, RECOVERY TIME *HOW LONG) AND DRIVING AFTER HEALING. … read more
Dr. Rick
Dr. Rick
Board Certified MD
11,672 satisfied customers
I am seeing flashes of light in my peripheral vision on the
I am seeing flashes of light in my peripheral vision on the left side starting this evening. No pain. I am 59 years old. Mom has a hx detached retina. Can this wait until morning, should I go to the E… read more
Dr. Chip
Dr. Chip
M.D.
12,984 satisfied customers
I had a retinal detachment in july, and a vitrectomy and
hi, i had a retinal detachment in july, and a vitrectomy and scleral buckle to fix it in july. the last couple of days i have had a lightening bolt-like flash in the same eye appear every now and then… read more
Dr. Rick
Dr. Rick
Board Certified MD
11,672 satisfied customers
I had a retinal detachment, with a repair, a vitrectomy and
I had a retinal detachment, with a repair, a vitrectomy and a buckle on my right eye almost 3 months ago. I am still having headaches (localized in and around the eye socket). I have extreme discomfor… read more
Dr. Rick
Dr. Rick
Board Certified MD
11,672 satisfied customers
I am seeing flashes of light in both eyes ..sometimes in
I am seeing flashes of light in both eyes ..sometimes in streaks ..some seem circular...also my left eye at times blurs and then clears again..is this serious? … read more
Dr. A.S. Desai
Dr. A.S. Desai
Board certified general ophthalmologist
Master\u0027s Degree
1,570 satisfied customers
I see flashes of light from my left eye. Is this a problem?
I see flashes of light from my left eye. Is this a problem? … read more
Dr. Chip
Dr. Chip
M.D.
12,984 satisfied customers
Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Show MoreShow Less

Ask Your Question

x