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optometrist out there? *updated 8/7*

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#11 *Heather*


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    Posted 06 August 2008 - 04:18 PM

    I hope everything is OK! My eyes get screwy sometimes too...I hate eye issues!

    #12 A10CalGal

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      Posted 06 August 2008 - 04:28 PM

      Whoa...I am guessing you stopped reading after the paragraph about the size of the spot & to see your eye doc ASAP? I hope everything is ok....

      #13 Yari

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        Posted 06 August 2008 - 04:58 PM

        How did it turn out?

        #14 Alyssa

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          Posted 06 August 2008 - 05:02 PM

          Jac - did you find a Dr.?

          I have a great eye Dr. in Center city if you still need one!

          #15 Jacqueline

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            Posted 07 August 2008 - 08:01 AM

            I'm alive!!! Alyssa thanks very much, but I actually found an eye doctor near our house, so it's so convenient. I didn't have an eye doctor nearby, since I just (well not just) moved to Jersey, so I hadda get one. I don't think I ever found a doctor in such a short period of time, I move like lightening girls! Anyway, I am ok. She gave me diff drops so she could see in my eye, and took some tests. Everything looks totally normal, I had what was called a "Ophthalmic Migraine". She said the symptoms are very similar to a "Retinal Tear" so if it happens again, to still come in to be sure as that is a lot worse and can cause permanent damaged if left un treated. She said the migraines are common, cause by diff things: high blood pressure, stress, etc. My eye doc said for me to get a physical, and come back for a follow up visit Sept 3 to make sure things are still ok. Thanks for your concern ;o) Here is what I found on google about the migraines-

            Understanding and Treating Ophthalmic Migraine
            Say the word “migraine”and most people think of a headache. Those who have suffered from migraine think of excruciating pain in the head. They think of hours or even days of throbbing pain. This does not describe ophthalmic migraine, however.

            Definition of Ophthalmic Migraine
            Ophthalmic migraine involves the eyes, but does not include headaches. Like other migraines, this is due to a spasm of blood vessels in the brain. These spasms usually cause severe headache, but not with ophthalmic migraine. Ophthalmic migraine is characterized by visual disturbances. The migraineur may see flashes of light that look like jagged lines or “heat waves” rising from a hot road or vehicle. These disturbances may be in one or both eyes, often lasting 10-30 minutes, but without a headache. Ophthalmic migraine is sometimes called migraine without headache. It is commonly misspelled “ophthalmic migrain” or “ophthalmic migraine”.

            Causes of Ophthalmic Migraine
            As with more well-known migraine, ophthalmic migraine can have many triggers. The cause behind the triggers is a temporary spasm in the blood vessels behind the eye. Called “vasospasm”, these are similar to a Charlie Horse, i.e., a cramp in a leg muscle.The onset of ophthalmic migraine may be traced to one or more triggers. A few of many possibilities are:
            * chemicals such as MSG in food
            * caffeine
            * prescription medications
            * hormonal changes
            * alcohol
            * stress
            * sleep loss
            * weather changes

            Treatment of Ophthalmic Migraine
            Symptoms usually go away by themselves after several minutes, or at least within one hour. Often, rest in a darkened room can be the best treatment during an attack. You will not want to drive or operate machinery, since vision is affected. Medical treatment is usually not necessary, and many people never suffer a second attack. If you have recurring ophthalmic migraine, treatment is available with prescription medication. This will decrease both the frequency and severity of attacks. As with any prescription medication, there are side effects. If you experience more than one ophthalmic migraine, you should see your health care provider for advice. He or she will want to rule out serious underlying causes.

            #16 Angel

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              Posted 07 August 2008 - 08:28 AM

              Glad to hear you are doing alright.

              #17 amandalovesryan

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                Posted 07 August 2008 - 08:50 AM

                i had one of those once and it was scary because i thought i was going blind.
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                #18 boscobel

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                  Posted 07 August 2008 - 09:11 AM

                  Jac, so glad you are ok.

                  #19 sunset78

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                    Posted 07 August 2008 - 09:44 AM

                    Glad to you ok and it wasn't a tear.

                    #20 ACDCDCAC

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                    Posted 07 August 2008 - 10:13 AM

                    wow jac thats crazy, glad to hear it wasnt worse, but keep healthy and get that physical stat to make sure everything else is ok too :)

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