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    Visual disturbance/retinal detachment.

    Hi all. I am 26 and a Mum to three children. Currently going through a stressful time at the moment. Having just moved house 1 month ago, the current situation and coping with my disabled daughters behaviours.

    OK so about 2 weeks ago now I don't some stupid. I was cleaning my kitchen cupboards and some of the mist from the cleaning product went into my eyes. I went and flushed my eyes. This set off a state of panic, I couldn't settle, I was physically sick and couldn't stop shaking. Anyhow I managed to calm myself and went to sleep. I was fine the following morning but obsessing over my eyes.

    November 19 I last had an eye exam, I was told I had really dry eyes, due to blepharitis. But everything else was fine. Told to use some dry eye drops and went on my way.

    I've had floaters since 2013 with flashing and I had them checked out several times at the hospital and each time I was told I was fine. It was put down to migraines.

    Thursday night I was really tired and my eyes did seem very irritated. I did have some flashes from my left eye when I blinked went straight to bed before I started to panic. Fine tbr following morning just more super aware of my vision.

    Ever since I am totally obsessing over my eyes. I don't know if I've got new floaters or if they are the same as I've always had just got used to having them I've barely noticed them all these years. I keep Seeing flashes but one day in can I am obsessing over right eye then the next day it's my left. I am having headache that are very short, I get pressure around my eyes again this changes from eye to eye. I can't help but worry that me getting cleaning product (must have been very little) in my eyes I have made myself start going blind.

    I can't concentrate on anything else, forever Googleing hiding away from everyone in the house.

    Had anybody went through something similar and can settle my mind.

    Yesterday I was so close to going to the hospital to get my eyes checked but due to the current situation at the moment I feel so selfish putting more pressure on the NHS.

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    Re: Visual disturbance/retinal detachment.

    Anybody :(

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    Re: Visual disturbance/retinal detachment.

    I wish I could help. It sounds pretty normal really, and panic related.

    I think whatever your anxiety is focusing on will be affected.

    Can you find a way to reduce your worry?

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    Re: Visual disturbance/retinal detachment.

    It sounds like anxiety to me.


    A few years ago I went through a panic phase about my eyes - my floaters got worse, I was seeing colours that weren't there and I had a dark spot in my left eye vision. I was convinced there was something serious wrong, like a detached retina. This went on for a few months for me.
    Had an eye test and everything was fine.


    Eventually my doctor at that time, who was really good with me, convinced me there was nothing wrong with my eyes. Once I finally believed her I stopped taking as much notice of my symptoms and after that they slowly started to improve.


    I still get them from time to time now but it doesn't bother me.


    Try to relax and not concentrate on it as much. I know this is hard but it's what eventually worked for me. Anxiety effects your eyes, and I know that from experience....

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    Re: Visual disturbance/retinal detachment.

    Thank you for replying to me.

    I am trying to hard. I've tried to catch up on some house cleaning today to take me mind off my eyes. I'm. Finding now that I'm on my own with my children (partner goes to work at 3pm)um starting to pay more attention to me eyes.

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    Re: Visual disturbance/retinal detachment.

    Quote Originally Posted by BrokenGirl View Post
    It sounds like anxiety to me.


    A few years ago I went through a panic phase about my eyes - my floaters got worse, I was seeing colours that weren't there and I had a dark spot in my left eye vision. I was convinced there was something serious wrong, like a detached retina. This went on for a few months for me.
    Had an eye test and everything was fine.


    Eventually my doctor at that time, who was really good with me, convinced me there was nothing wrong with my eyes. Once I finally believed her I stopped taking as much notice of my symptoms and after that they slowly started to improve.


    I still get them from time to time now but it doesn't bother me.


    Try to relax and not concentrate on it as much. I know this is hard but it's what eventually worked for me. Anxiety effects your eyes, and I know that from experience....
    Thank you for replying to me.

    I have tried to keep myself busy today catching up on cleaning in the house. Not long been cleaning my sons room which is all white, as you will be able to remeber we see things more in light places. I'm not sure its just floaters I could see at the side of my vison on my left eye, but again it's like I'm having to look for it.

    Starting to worry again. I'm finding that when my partner goes off to work in the afternoons I worry more being on my own with my children.

    It's wired as when I moved into my old house back in 2013 that's when I started with my eye anxiety and afyer lots of hospital visits and reassurances I finally let it go and went into other worried over the years. Now I've moved again afyer buying my first home I've started this eye anxiety again, oh and it was the same time of the year!

    It's like my mind has fixated associating a house move with an eye anxiety!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Emily101115 View Post
    Thank you for replying to me.

    I have tried to keep myself busy today catching up on cleaning in the house. Not long been cleaning my sons room which is all white, as you will be able to remeber we see things more in light places. I'm not sure its just floaters I could see at the side of my vison on my left eye, but again it's like I'm having to look for it.

    Starting to worry again. I'm finding that when my partner goes off to work in the afternoons I worry more being on my own with my children.

    It's wired as when I moved into my old house back in 2013 that's when I started with my eye anxiety and afyer lots of hospital visits and reassurances I finally let it go and went into other worried over the years. Now I've moved again afyer buying my first home I've started this eye anxiety again, oh and it was the same time of the year!

    It's like my mind has fixated associating a house move with an eye anxiety!
    I would say anxiety as well. I have the same issues and was just at the retina specialist Last week due to anxiety triggered flashing and spots and distortion. He checked my eyes and said they were very healthy. I know we arenít supposed to, but if you are truly worried, just book an appointment and get a retina check. It might put an end to this.

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    Re: Visual disturbance/retinal detachment.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tvtipp2 View Post
    I would say anxiety as well. I have the same issues and was just at the retina specialist Last week due to anxiety triggered flashing and spots and distortion. He checked my eyes and said they were very healthy. I know we arenít supposed to, but if you are truly worried, just book an appointment and get a retina check. It might put an end to this.
    Thank you. I have finally give in and managed to get an appointment on Saturday. I spoken with an optician this afternoon and went through a series of questions. She thinks my vitreous has detached or been pulling and tugging, I can't think now! She said if my symptoms worsen before Saturday to go straight to my nearest eye hospital.

    I feel a bit relieved but st the same time very scared at what she may find on Saturday.

    Thank you for taking time to reply to me.

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    Re: Visual disturbance/retinal detachment.

    At least you have an appointment on Saturday - you're nearly there. And I know you'll be very anxious going in there but at least you'll get answers, and I've a feeling you'll get the ones you want to hear as well


    Don't worry that she said to you to go straight to the nearest eye hospital if it worsens - that's just a standard line they will say. But to a person with HA, what they hear is "I think it might get worse before Saturday, so I'll tell you what to do when it happens". It's amazing how we hear everything so differently!!


    Eyes can do funny things. I've had floaters, dark spots in vision, flashes, seeing stars etc. Had my eyes checked out and nothing wrong with them. I find in the bright weather my floaters get really bad. If it's a sunny day all I might see is floaters but i'll just ignore it.


    I wish I could offer you more comfort because I know how debilitating this HA is.


    Wishing you all the best for Saturday, and let us know how you get on xx

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    Re: Visual disturbance/retinal detachment.

    Quote Originally Posted by BrokenGirl View Post
    At least you have an appointment on Saturday - you're nearly there. And I know you'll be very anxious going in there but at least you'll get answers, and I've a feeling you'll get the ones you want to hear as well


    Don't worry that she said to you to go straight to the nearest eye hospital if it worsens - that's just a standard line they will say. But to a person with HA, what they hear is "I think it might get worse before Saturday, so I'll tell you what to do when it happens". It's amazing how we hear everything so differently!!


    Eyes can do funny things. I've had floaters, dark spots in vision, flashes, seeing stars etc. Had my eyes checked out and nothing wrong with them. I find in the bright weather my floaters get really bad. If it's a sunny day all I might see is floaters but i'll just ignore it.


    I wish I could offer you more comfort because I know how debilitating this HA is.


    Wishing you all the best for Saturday, and let us know how you get on xx

    I Havnt been as bad today, tried ignoring things more and keeping busy. Although I have been getting this sharp pain from my lefy eye, not sure if it's my eyelid or actual eye, it's quite intermittent. As I say with my dry eyes could it be this?

    I must have some allergies as 6 weeks ago I had a really bad cold. Still blowing my nose through out the day, sneezing and feeling of my throat being sore and thesr headaches.

    In the morning will be a different story, I will be in panic mode before I go.

    Thank you for talking to me. It's nice to speak to someone who understands what HA is like. My partner just thinks I am crazy I am sure!

    I lost my Mum to breast cancer when I was just 13, 10 years later my father took a heroin overdose and all my grandparents have passed away. So I am pretty much on my own with my 3 children. I know my Mum would be telling me I'm a hypochondriac haha!

    I will let you know how I get on tomorrow.
    Hope your feeling OK xx

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