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Dr. A.S. Desai, Ophthalmologist
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Experience:  MS Ophthalmology with 13 years of surgical expereince
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I just had a baby two months ago, getting little sleep -

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Hi, I just had a baby two months ago, getting little sleep - I've had auras/migraines but this is different. I constantly have a section of my upper left vision (especially when I close my eyes), that look faintly like wavy lines/shapes/constantly moving, etc. I've had it for a good while and I'm just wondering what could cause this.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Eye
Expert:  Dr. A.S. Desai replied 2 years ago.


For how long have you had this symptom?

Customer: replied 2 years ago.
A few weeks and I had it a year ago in a different spot
Expert:  Dr. A.S. Desai replied 2 years ago.

Is the wavy pattern noticed only on closing the eyes?

Is it associated with any flashes of light also?

Are you short sighted?

Customer: replied 2 years ago.
It seems like after I have a baby, I get more vision problems - no flashes, it's just in the same spot - I can see it barely in certain light, but mostly when I close my eyes
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
I'm wondering if this could be associated with hormones? Thyroid?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
No other symptoms or pain
Expert:  Dr. A.S. Desai replied 2 years ago.

Unlikely to be due to migraine as it is in the same spot and noticed more so on closing the eyes. It might be more so due to changes in the vitreous, which is a thick gel present in the back of the eye. The vitreous can undergo liquefaction as we grow older. This tends to cause flashes of light in some individuals. Over a period of time the vitreous gets detached from its surrounding retina. This causes wavy patterns which are more pronounced in the dark or on closing the eyes. However it is not a cause of worry but needs a dilated eye exam by an ophthalmologist in near future.

Expert:  Dr. A.S. Desai replied 2 years ago.

Unlikely to be related to thyroid hormones as such.

Expert:  Dr. A.S. Desai replied 2 years ago.

Is there anything else that I can answer for you?

Expert:  Dr. A.S. Desai replied 2 years ago.
Thank you and best wishes.
It was a pleasure to have answered this question.
Views expressed are for information purpose only and cannot substitute a visit to an ophthalmologist
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
I was thinking that too - it's transparent - no colors or anything and always in the same spot. The shapes are different sometimes but mostly wavy, always moving. I do have some dark floaters. One other thing, I was in a car wreck five years ago and hurt my neck - I have a lump on the right side of the back of my neck that causes terrible headaches before it rains or if I sleep on it wrong. Any connection there? I don't think there is as this is constant. Do you think I should wait a few weeks to see if anything changes?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
By the way, what would a dilated eye exam tell? I saw an eye doc last year about this time
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
One last note - when I saw the eye doc last year, the reason I went was because I had noticed that for a few months, every night around dusk and in very certain lights that my eyes would catch just right, I would get a flickering "prism/glimmer" in the same spot. It was only in certain types of light and still does it sometimes. It scared the mess out of me, but he looked at my eyes and said everything was good. Maybe I just have weird eyes that are getting old and worn out from three kids!!
Expert:  Dr. A.S. Desai replied 2 years ago.
A dilated eye exam helps us to know whether the retina is attached and normal or not. A normal exam tells that the retina is fine and is not the cause for these symptoms. This boils down to the vitreous being the most likely cause . Any traction on the retina by the vitreous can cause such shimmering lights. Though not an emergency, it makes sense to get the dilated eye exam done sometime later as a routine annual eye exam.
Best wishes and happy motherhood.
Expert:  Dr. A.S. Desai replied 2 years ago.
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