vision problem??

Does anyone else see flickering in their peripheral vision??? I occasionally have this flickering in my peripheral vision that is just like the shadow that a ceiling fan with a light on it throws on the ceiling. The first time it happened I went to the ER, but they said I just had a headache ( I did have one, the worst I had ever had) they ignored the numb right hand and the fact that I heard myself speaking gibberish but my husband said my speech was slightly slurred, but understandable. My PCP at the time (retired now) thought I had a TIA and asked me to take low dose aspirin. I have not had anything like that since except the flickering.

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what you are describing is most often related to the vitreous membrane trying to detach from the retina which occurs around 60 in most of us. only an evaluation by an opthalmologist can truly tell what is going on, i've been getting this visual sensation for many years because of my uveitis and it causing the vitreous to tug on the retina from debris accumulating in the bottom of the vitreous humor.
my vitreous started detaching a year ago in both eyes and I am now 60 and i am still getting some flashing in the peripheral right eye from time to time. I'll know more next week at my six month followup.

wish you the best,
Mike

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I had this same problem two mouths ago. I went to the my eye specialist and she found inflammation in my eye and sarcoid. She put me on Steroid eye drops for a while and it cleared up. She informed me that chronic inflammation in the eye can lead to Glaucoma, because it makes your eye pressure go up. I am fine now. I hope you can go to an eye specialist that knows about sacroid of the eyes. Sad to say but some doctors don't know much about it. Thank God mine does. Good luck.

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Hi Uveltisguy

That is what happened to me you helped me remember the name visterous humor. I was so stress out about it I thought my sarcoid had gotten worse. My doctor explained that it had nothing with my Sarcoid. This happens as we get order I am 52. It was so tiresome going to two doctors in one day. But I had the laser done and everything is fine how. How long have you had Sarcoid and what organs are involved.
Right now its my Lungs and R Eye.

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I also get this as well. Sometimes, I swear I'm seeing things move out of the corner of my eye, or the flickering effect.

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Today while I was driving to pick up the kids from school, I noticed "floaters" in my field of vision. I have never had these during the day before. I have seen them for a while now when my eyes were at rest and basically unfocused. I am a little freaked out that I was seeing them while driving. My eyes seem to be burning and really wet lately, I thought it was allergies, but maybe not?

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I have been on drops for a month now, and my eye is still red and bothering me. I have started having black and light floaters from time to time. The doc said my was swollen but last time he said it had gone down and I am suppose to wean off the drops. It feels worse now than it did. He told me at that time he would see me in 4 months. Very aloof if there is such a word.

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an increase in floaters is indicative of acute inflammation possibly of the vitreous, middle or back of the eye. you need an evaluation by an opthalmologist through a slit lamp examination to see what is causing them. eyedrops cannot reach the middle or back of the eye where this type of uveitis is present. oral steroids or injection are required to stop this type of inflammation.

wish you the best,
Mike

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The flashing does occur with age but sarcoid can also cause this to occur. When the membrane does detach, it will sometime wrinkle and vision distortion can occur. It was described to me as like trying to look into a cracked mirror. I had it a lot in both eyes but if I had an increase, I called my retinologist right away and he would decide what if anything needed to be done.
The floaters, I thought I just had to live with but the flashing and shadows were really bothering me. I couldn't keep my eyes focused.
After I had vitrectomy surgery where the scar tissue on my retinas was removed and the vitrerous replaced I have no flashing or floaters. I feel so lucky and blessed to be where I am right now.
But anytime you have distortions, get in right away and see what is causing it and if something needs to be done about it.

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Just a quick check that you are not on chloroquin....? I say this because I had periodic flickering yellow lights for quite a while, and no less than 5 opthalmologists (including 1 retina guy and 1 neuro) did not connect it with impending chloroquin-induced blindness. How are your visual fields?

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Plaquenil is not the best DMARD drug in my lay opinion for treatment of sarcoidosis or any other autoimmune disease because of this risk to the optic nerve. it is of no use in treatment of uveitis. Sorry you lost vision to it. For uveitis, Methotrexate, cellcept, Imuran, cyclosporine, Remicade, Humira, etc all work for the eye but some have to be used together to get ones eyes quiet. even Chlorambucil and IVIG are needed in some individuals.

take care,
Mike Bartolatz

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For uveitisguy - in my case, I was told that the chloroquin has damaged both my retinas, and that the optic nerves are still OK. I was being prescribed it for my lungs (500 mg daily for 29 months!) Now I am on nothing and still breathing OK...Long may it last.

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I love to read and, as I'm reading sometimes, everything begins to blur. Floaters cloud my eyes all the time. I get frequent subconjunctival hemorraghes... both eye doctor and retina specialists say it's nothing. Once in awhile they give me the predforte drops.

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subconjunctival hemorrhages will do no harm but the floaters that cloud your vision may be a problem. often they can be removed through a surgical proceedure called a vitrectomy. this is one treatment for intermediate uveitis where they also cauterize the pars plana with an endolaser or cryotherapy to seal off the pars plan region of the eye to help prevent new material from exuding from this part of the ciliary body. many doctors don't treat pars planitis/intermediate uveitis which other specialists might consider to be potentially vision robbing over time. today many ocular immunologists treat pars planitis very agressively using surgery and chemotherpay to stop the progression of the disease processes. you might consider a consultation with one of these rare specialsits who are mostly located at major University Medical centers and eye institues.

wish you the very best,
Mike

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Hi,

I experienced the exact same thing several years ago and ended up going to a retina specialist. I had a Branch Retinal Artery Occlusion (BRAO). You need to go get your eyes evaluated immediately. I also suffer from the black dots all throughout my central vision; however, since I started the 40 mg of Prednisone 38 days ago, the clusters of black dots (from the Sarcoidosis) are fading away.

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