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What do you see now? Do you see the spiderwebs?
more like a few leftover legs
Is the curtain you see solid?
No. It was never solid. But it was different than the kind of dots I've had.
and it's peripheral the way floaters are/right eye right periphery
You've likely a vitreous detachment, which is different than a retina detachment. You have a gel like material in your eyes. Over time it liquifies and can pull away from the walls of your eyes. This is a common event that happens to many people.
You can see an optometrist or ophthalmologist in the morning.
If you get a solid curtain/veil in the periphery of your vision, then that is more concerning for a retinal detachment.
what is the treatment protocol usually?
for a vitreous detachment, no treatment is needed.
Good to know. Definitely not solid. Any precautions I should take in the interim?
no, just take it easy tonight.
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Do you have any other questions?
Would there be light flashes with a vitreous detachment? Does it heal itself?
Yes, you can get flashes of light with a vitreous detachment.
There is no healing necessary in a vitreous detachment.
Usually the new floaters will settle.
I see. Kind of. Little joke. Still thinking if I have any other questions. Oh yeah. Should I avoid contacts until I see/talk to my eye doctor?
no, you can continue using them if you'd like.
anything else it might be, or are you lean hard in the vitreous detachment direction - which would be fine by me.
as you already read, the question is usually vitreous versus retinal detachment.
If you vision is still good in that eye and you are seeing new floaters, then it is likely a vitreous detachment.
also any reason why this was so much more pronounced than I've ever experienced, by far? In addition, yes I have read. If all I needed to do was read, I wouldn't be willing to pay for additional insight. You might want to check the tone, there doc. It scared the crap out of me. I was driving, like I said, and pulled over to let my friend take over driving duties. Not a hysterical or lonely person, here. Just concerned and not wanting to do damage. Thanks.
There is no sarcastic tone.
I'm just stating the same question that any doctor has to answer when a patient says they have new floaters.
Is it a vitreous detachment or retinal detachment?
From your description with the new floaters but still good vision, it is likely vitreous.
Only with an exam can you confirm one versus the other.
There are different severities of vitreous detachment. Sometime can be very mild floaters while others can be described as sudden sheet of cobwebs and blurry vision.
Okay. I'll accept that. Thanks for your help. I'll sleep easier. (It was the "as you read" that felt sarcastic) I got it re: the diff and an eye exam. I'm satisfied that you've given me as much information as I can reasonably expect without one. Thanks.
You're welcome. :)