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"Floaters"! #602637
06/02/15 5:15 pm
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No,.

This isn't about a dead guy face down in the river...


It's about vision/eyeball stuff. Over the past week or so, I've had floating "specks" or "spots", in my left eye. Sometimes, there are flashes of light in my peripheral vision as well.
Popped in to see the eye doctor today at Costco, and she said some rather unsettling things, finishing with, "Definitely get this checked out immediately."

After some measure of strictly legit doctoral abuse, in the form of numbing and dilation solutions, super bright lights, and applying certain types of hardware to my eyeballs... It turns out it's not as dire as all that, thankfully.
I'm simply getting.... older. smile

Guess that makes me human, after all. wink



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Re: "Floaters"! [Re: ricochetrider] #602641
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ride as much as you can Tom, we are all a long time dead...

and it is about time, you Wade, Bill, and Lannis came over for a camp.


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Re: "Floaters"! [Re: ricochetrider] #602644
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Any excuse to come over Kev.... Just send me a ticket wink

Tom , I have had those floater things for years.... Should have asked me.... Then we would have both had the same false information


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Re: "Floaters"! [Re: Kev.] #602648
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Originally Posted By Kev.
ride as much as you can Tom, we are all a long time dead...

and it is about time, you Wade, Bill, and Lannis came over for a camp.


Thanks for the thought! Timely, because:

1) We're all getting older at the same rate Tom is (well maybe) and

2) It's been 7 years now since I last camped out with you guys. 7 years! How many more "7 years" have most of us got left? Sounds like we'd better get planning.

Son Alec and I were over there in 2011 for the Manx GP and saw dat dere KarlB and his family, and Geoff and Christine Staples on the Isle, but that was STILL 4 years ago now ....

Lannis


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Re: "Floaters"! [Re: wadeschields] #602651
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Originally Posted By wadeschields
Any excuse to come over Kev.... Just send me a ticket wink

Tom , I have had those floater things for years.... Should have asked me.... Then we would have both had the same false information


Wade, well, after the first doc at Costco told me I could be going blind eek
I figured I'd better get the straight story on this. Professional eye people take seeing quite seriously, it turns out- I had an appointment within two hours of my phone call.
I can read stuff on the internet all day long, but somehow paying a couple hundy to a DOCTOR so he can tell you what all the MD selfie sites are saying seems more satisfying! laughing.
I figured between my vocational and recreational choices, I better make damn sure I'll be able to see.


"It is no measure of health, to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society."

Re: "Floaters"! [Re: ricochetrider] #602653
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Originally Posted By ricochetrider
No,.

After some measure of strictly legit doctoral abuse, in the form of numbing and dilation solutions, super bright lights, and applying certain types of hardware to my eyeballs... It turns out it's not as dire as all that, thankfully.
I'm simply getting.... older. smile

Guess that makes me human, after all. wink



Bonnie lad, you may be fooling Father Time with diet and exercise and good genes, much like Man with No Name, (and you two guys among others are still fighting way over your weight class bigt ) BUT that doesn't last forever for no one, and we all need an exit strategy for work and for bikes and for the things we like to do so it's not a big shock when we have to make a change ..... shocked

My plumber, a guy my age, came over to the house today to look at replacing some fittings and lavatories and such; he asked if I was going to be home and I said I'd been retired for 5 months beerchug , so yes, and he sighed and said "There's no way I'm ever going to be able to retire .... ". He's a provident man, hard-working and smart, no outside woman or gambling/drug/drinking problems in his background, and I felt really sad for him that he couldn't see any possibility of light at the end of the tunnel, no matter what, after 35 years of setting his own prices and working at his own pace. frown

The old hound will run us down at last, and most of us can hear him barking in the distance behind us ... but how you LIVE your life makes all the difference!!

I don't know exactly what the point of all of that just was, but I typed the thoughts as they entered my head ... There's a name for that, but for some reason I can't remember what it is .... !!

Lannis


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Re: "Floaters"! [Re: ricochetrider] #602660
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About 15 years ago at a routine eye check the optician said he'd seen something in the back of my eyes that he thought should checked by an opthalmic surgeon or some such. Anyway at the hospital this relatively young guy did the tests. He was a real nice chap and was struggling how to tell me it was normal nothing to worry aboutand ........ Then I realised what he was trying to say so I said it for him - What you mean is that it is an age thing! It was and it is.
The other thing he told me was that opticians are very cautious and at times have people unnecessarily checked out with things they can quite capably deal with themselves
Sound familiar Tom?


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Re: "Floaters"! [Re: ricochetrider] #602674
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Bryan, yes, that sounds very familiar, actually. ha ha. Folks who know me, know I typically go to the doctor only if carried in on a stretcher, after arriving in an ambulance.
So let's say I'm not exactly a hypochondriac. BUT why mess with one's vision?

With my hearing already going going gon... (huh?),
if I lost my sight, too, I'd be deaf, blind AND *dumb*!

laughing




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Re: "Floaters"! [Re: ricochetrider] #602682
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Our eyes are lined with a very tough and fibrous material, with age those tough fibers break down into specks and they "float". There is no escape for them from the eye.

Larger numbers floating like a flock of birds in our vision is very serious and requires immediate medical attention as in a visit to an emergency room.

Doctor described my flashes as miniscule stress upon an optic nerve. Optics are the nerves sole function and the brain reads it as light.


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Re: "Floaters"! [Re: ricochetrider] #602705
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I was told that the specs are the separation of that lining from the eye and that it is normal with age but as you said Dave, a lot of them spells trouble


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Re: "Floaters"! [Re: ricochetrider] #602728
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If it were me, I'd be getting a 2nd opinion. Flashes are something to be concerned about is my understanding.


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Re: "Floaters"! [Re: ricochetrider] #602735
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Geesh, here I thought you were gonna make some joke about the pool scene in Caddy Shack.


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Re: "Floaters"! [Re: ricochetrider] #602736
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It's age. I have the same problem and it's gradually getting worse. I'm 64.

Odd you mention it in a period that it begins to worry me too.

Two weeks ago at a fountain in Lisbon, my wife made me remove my sun glasses for a photo.
On the fountain, a waterfall type, the sunlight came from all directions and afterwards it lasted half an hour to make the "snow blindness" disappear.

Thinking about it I realise it occurs every time a sharp light touches my eyes. An incorrect headlight in the mirror of the car. Sharp brake lights in front of me. Many lights in front...
Yesterday I drove off from work with my sun glasses on allthough the skies were covered.
I think with the pupils of my eyes wide open, the effect of changing light intensity (brakes, cars behind,
sun through holes in the cloud cover) was stronger than normal, and I had diamonds floating in front of me in dense evening rushhour traffic.

My intention is now:
- not to wear my sunglasses as often as I did (keep the pupils more tight and not wide open);
- to see an eye docter next week.

My advise to you Tom, would be to do the same.


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Re: "Floaters"! [Re: ricochetrider] #602753
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I'm going back to the doctor in a couple weeks for follow up. I'll ask about seeing retina specialists at the time.
I've heard wearing sunglasses weakens the eye's ability to react to light- but never heard it from any doctor.
The Doc I saw yesterday are eye and vision specialists. They took my call very seriously and got me an appointment within an hour and a half of my call.

I think it's OK but will def stay on top of the situation.


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A very good friend of mine is a doctor (not eyes).
He always says:
The major task of a doctor is to reassure the patient and convince him nothing is wrong.
bigt


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Re: "Floaters"! [Re: ricochetrider] #602763
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Tom.
I had some problem with vision that I did not know about until I went for a check up, turned out I had cataracts, so they informed the hospital for me and I went in to have them removed and new lens fitted had the right eye done first, after a couple of days dressings removed, I was amazed, what I thought of as white was sepia, everything was so clear and colourful and I could read again without glasses, a couple of months later the other eye was done also, great stuff they can do now days. I guess you could class me as non original but happy, as for deafness, When Gillian asks me something I usually reply twenty to three.
:-) :-)

Re: "Floaters"! [Re: KC in S.B.] #602773
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Originally Posted By KC in S.B.
Flashes are something to be concerned about is my understanding.


Yes this is also my understanding.

I had a brother in law who suffered a detached retina. This is one of the signs he had.

It may be relevant that years of scrambles/ motorcross riding with head shaking was thought to be one of the reasons he had a problem.

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Re: "Floaters"! [Re: ricochetrider] #602784
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Tom, I got floaters and flashes maybe a couple years ago. Doctor visits are necessary to make the retina doesn't detach. BUT the good news is - in my case, and probably yours also - the floaters lessen to a degree and you are able to function without thinking about them as much. Also the flashes will abate with time. (It is really freaky walking in the dark with that symptom).
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Re: "Floaters"! [Re: ricochetrider] #602802
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Man, I really want to get back over there Kev...had originally planned for two trips this year. I scaled back. Now I'm thinking next year. You got me thinking about riding to Italy when we were in Wales.
Stream of consciousness Lannis. You probably already remembered.


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Re: "Floaters"! [Re: No Name Man] #602804
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Originally Posted By No Name Man
Man, I really want to get back over there Kev...had originally planned for two trips this year. I scaled back. Now I'm thinking next year. You got me thinking about riding to Italy when we were in Wales.


Stream of consciousness Lannis. You probably already remembered.


You're right, I did. This morning, after my subconscious mind had been working on it for a while .....

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Re: "Floaters"! [Re: Lannis] #602811
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Tom bro dude, don't muck about with your eyes lad, see the MAN.. bigt

No stinking advice from ANY internet site is worth the risk of going blind, that's the ONLY thing I'm scared of, I've seen a one legged man ride a million miles, I've seen a deaf man ride two million, never seen a blind man ride anywhere on his own lad...

Sod the money it'll cost ya, just pay up and DO IT...

2c Just sayin' dude... wink


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Re: "Floaters"! [Re: Kent Shaun] #602819
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Re: "Floaters"! [Re: ricochetrider] #602882
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My eyes have "floaters," too.
A part of old age.

"It comes with the territory."

Re: "Floaters"! [Re: ricochetrider] #602893
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Something that needs to be checked. I had flashes, first time was a detached retina which they repaired with laser surgery. Second time I had a flash it was nothing but aging, not a problem. My wife developed a floater, turned out to be a hemorrhage in the eye and serious. Always get it checked, most aches pains and problems we can put up with, eyesight is the one thing that scares me.

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Went in (to an eye doctor ....not a glasses fitter) with the problems mentioned.

Now have lens implants in both eyes that replaced the ones that had cataracts. Each eye is about a 10 minute surgery with very good overall results. I need glasses to read but have perfect distance vision.

I'm on medacare so the cost to me was about $250 per eye.

Went back in for a 2 year follow-up about a month ago. Everything fine. Was told I should never need distance glasses.


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