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Eye Floaters and Photography


Carabosse e2
11 39.7k 269 England
31 May 2011 1:39AM
Back in 2008 I suffered what is called a Posterior Vitreous Detachment in my right eye. This left me with a large 'floater' and several smaller ones in that eye. A few weeks ago my left eye, up to now my good eye, also suffered a PVD and is now worse than my right eye, with two large floaters in it (plus smaller ones). Sad Image below gives a very rough idea about floaters.

I have been to both my optician and Moorfields hospital, in order to check it was not accompanied by a retinal detachment or tear. I am OK from that point of view.

It is a bit depressing because they tell you there's nothing that can be done. Not strictly true, but the surgical operation (vitrectomy) has high risks - including blindness - and laser-zapping of floaters, practiced by only a few specialists in the world, has lowish effectiveness and a high risk of making things worse. It is all rather depressing but one just has to learn to live with it. It has ruined book reading - I wish I hadn't bothered buying a Kindle! Watching TV is not too great either. Thankfully I am still able to drive, do photography etc.

This has led me to wonder whether any other EPZers have suffered PVD and subsequent floaters and whether this affects their photography or any other aspect of life. Maybe we should set up a group! Wink

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Paul Morgan e2
13 16.1k 6 England
31 May 2011 3:20AM

Quote:It is a bit depressing because they tell you there's nothing that can be done


Sorry to hear that CB.

Last year my left eye became displaced causing double vision, eye pain and so on.

I ended up being diagnosed with thyroid eye disease and have to make do with just eye drops, they don`t cure the problem, just make it a little easier to live with.

The biggest problem for me is waking up with eyelids stuck to the eye`s and my biggest concern is torn retina`s.

I`ve hardly used a camera since last August Sad

As for floaters I have loads of small one`s in both eyes, I just put it down to age.
brian1208 e2
11 10.6k 12 United Kingdom
31 May 2011 5:38AM
Sorry to hear about the eyes CB (and Paul), about 10 years back I had shingles in my left eye which caused total loss of sight in it for several weeks. This eventually cleared up with treatment but has left a little scarring + some floaters but thankfully, so far my vision isn't significantly affected (its annoying rather than anything else)

My optician also tells me that as a result of spending too much time in strong sunlight my corneas are "Discolouring" (which may explain why my colour discrimination isn't as good as my wife's).

Like Paul, I've just put it down to increasing old age but it does worry me now and then
StrayCat e2
10 15.5k 2 Canada
31 May 2011 5:55AM
That is sad news. October before last I almost went totally blind with Diabetes, which I didn't know I had at the time. Scarey, because my mother was blind from diabetes. It's ok now with glasses and medication, excercise and diet. Also my wife has lost the sight in her left eye from the MRSA infection she had late last year. She's had 2 surgeries to reatache the retina, and it'll be at least a year before we know what's going to happen. Her first sign of a problem was large floaters when she was in hospital.
hobbo e2
3 891 2 England
31 May 2011 7:53AM
This is one amazing coincidence.............during the past 7 weeks I had been told that I might have the untreatable ...Age-Related Macular-Degeneration.....a progressive and total failure of the central vision:

Last Wednesday I saw the eye specialist who was all ready to inject my eyes with a very expensive drug that might inhibit it for a time........before he carried out the procedure he checked my eye-scans again, took another very long look at my retina's through his ophthalmic microscope?.................. then calmly announced that I hadn't got AMD but............Epiretinal-membrane-Peel, a serious condition but one that is operable and is related to your condition:

See here:

http://www.goodhope.org.uk/departments/eyedept/ermpeel.htm

Both AMD and EMP have the same effect on the vision................on looking at a grid, a straight line or a line of print it appears bent or distorted.....................I can cope with this knowing that it is operable:

I see this wonderful specialist in a year unless I see a sudden change in my vision.............................ah well....just two cataracts to get rid of now:

A message to ALL of you......................get your eyes checked annually............make a note of any changes for the worse...........don't delay in getting any treatment:

I hated wearing sunglasses..................now I wish I had...............Ultra-violet light and very bright sun can cause all of thes conditions.................I am wondering if we....older computer users have been affected by looking at bright monitors?

I could have hugged that specialist when he told me I wasn't going to go blind:

Hobbo
brian1208 e2
11 10.6k 12 United Kingdom
31 May 2011 9:20AM

Quote:I could have hugged that specialist when he told me I wasn't going to go blind

wonderful news and I agree about the need for regular checks, particularly for us more "Mature" specimens Smile Any "problem" like this really does make one realise how critical our sight is. (I lost my sense of smell in a childhood accident and can live happily wothout that but the thought of losing my sight is terrifying)
Coleslaw e2
9 13.4k 28 Wales
31 May 2011 9:39AM
Very sorry to hear all those problems.
I can't imagine how scary that is.
Just show how we shouldn't take things for granted.
adrian_w e2
7 3.4k 4 Scotland
31 May 2011 11:36AM

Quote:This has led me to wonder whether any other EPZers have suffered PVD and subsequent floaters and whether this affects their photography or any other aspect of life. Maybe we should set up a group


I had exactly the same problem in my right eye last year, the optician told me basically there's nothing they can do to improve it. It didn't cause me irritation when photographing as I use my left eye (!) in the viewfinder, but it was annoying watching TV or using the computer. I slowly got used to it & suddenly realised a few months ago that the floaters had disappeared. I'm currently clear but there's no guarantee that will last; just another sign of increasing decrepitude.
peterjones 12 4.0k 1 United Kingdom
31 May 2011 11:44AM
I have had floaters for years but luckily they don't bother me at all; my last eye check up was fine however it is high time I had another; my thoughts and condolences are with you all that suffer from some kind of eye disease; I sincerely wish you better.

Peter.
crookymonsta e2
6 704 10 England
31 May 2011 11:45AM
I would also encourage everyone to have a regular sight check up, a number of other health problems can be picked up from these, including diabetes.

However, a few words of caution for anyone contemplating a surgical operation or laser surgery which isn't absolutely necessary. A few years ago my sight was deteriorating pretty fast (I've always been exceptionally long sighted) and my husband decided to very kindly pay for surgery. I started off with lens replacement but they managed to put the lens in the wrong way round and I had numerous problems. I then had to have laser surgery and have had to wear specs ever since. Those 'rare' side effects are nowhere near as rare as they would have you believe, either that or I'm just plain unlucky as I seem to have got the lot, dry eyes, starbursts, poor night vision and extreme sensitivity to light, I wear sunglasses even on a dull day. The only plus is that I will never get cataracts. I keep telling my that I would be far worse off if I hadn't had it done but some days it doesn't feel like it.
Carabosse e2
11 39.7k 269 England
31 May 2011 12:01PM
Sorry to hear about the problems fellow sufferers are having. Eye problems are many and varied, of course. For those of keen on photography, and therefore perhaps more vision-conscious than most, it does perhaps hit home harder in a way.

Since my left eye has had the PVD, I find myself closing it when at the computer - not a good idea really. It leads to a lot more typos!
adrian_w e2
7 3.4k 4 Scotland
31 May 2011 12:29PM

Quote:It leads to a lot more typos


Ah, that's your explanation. I thought you had a dyslexic keyboard. Wink
theorderingone 10 2.4k United Kingdom
31 May 2011 12:37PM
I'm type 1 diabetic and last year had to have laser treatment on both eyes for pre-proliferative diabetic retinopathy.

My vision's fine, although my left eye is weaker due to the treatment as they had to treat close to me central vision. I've had floaters for years, but just like dirt in my viewfinder, they're not that severe, and I learn to ignore them. Sometimes on a sunny day, I can watch them moving around in my vision.

I hope your eye stuff manages to settle down. Keep up regular appointments at the eye hospital/clinic and they will be able to monitor the situation and suggest treatments/lifestyle changes as necessary.
Carabosse e2
11 39.7k 269 England
31 May 2011 12:43PM

Quote:It leads to a lot more typos



Quote:Ah, that's your explanation. I thought you had a dyslexic keyboard. Wink


Lol! "You gotta laugh", as they say! Grin
Paul Morgan e2
13 16.1k 6 England
31 May 2011 2:40PM

Quote:Since my left eye has had the PVD, I find myself closing it when at the computer - not a good idea really. It leads to a lot more typos!


And more eye strain leading to headaches etc Sad

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