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Boom Boom

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Eyes
« on: September 23, 2010, 06:41:17 PM »
I have a long-standing problem with 'floaters' (spots) in both eyes. I can dimly remember a doctor (or nurse?) telling me about ten years ago that my eye lens (not sure of the correct term) could be scraped and the spots thus removed. The opthamalogist that did my eye surgery in July said, NO, that's not possible.
 
Anyone else having this problem? Combined with my occasional bouts of 'tinnitus' (ringing in the ears), I've been driven nearly crazy. :wigout
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Re: Eyes
« Reply #1 on: September 23, 2010, 06:51:40 PM »
I have floaters too, Boom Boom, and no one has ever suggested "scraping" them.  A specialist has been watching my developing cataracts for a few years, and at some point I guess someone will decide to bomb those, but not the floaters. I don't actually know what the floaters are, just that lots of peeps have them.

I've been short-sighted for so long that I've just got used to seeing the world slightly afuzz. I've had glasses since my early 20s, but I've almost never worn them except to watch movies or TV.

Tinnitus is hell, though. I don't know what they can do for that, but noise in the head is not nice. I feel for you, kid. *hugs*

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Re: Eyes
« Reply #2 on: September 23, 2010, 06:57:35 PM »

Tinnitus is hell, though. I don't know what they can do for that, but noise in the head is not nice. I feel for you, kid. *hugs*

I was reading yesterday about someone who committed suicide because he couldn't take the tinnitus anymore - I'll try to find the link. I'm not at that point, yet (I doubt I'll ever be that desperate) - but tinnitus bugs the heck out of me. The 'floaters' are mostly a nuisance.
 
ETA: can't find the exact link I was looking for, but Google has 400,000+ results for "tinnitus - suicide".  :o
 
ETA: I can now remember where I was told about scraping for 'floaters' - it was here at the clinic. But my opthamalogist gave me a very unequivocal "NO" to to the idea. I don't have cataracts nor is there any sign of them developing in my eyes. However, I have to get my eyes checked every six months for abnormal ppressure - which is why I required laser surgery in July - I was seeing bright lights everywhere, especially in the dark.
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Re: Eyes
« Reply #3 on: September 23, 2010, 07:08:24 PM »
BB, I've been told that "noise in the head" is an entire field of science, ranging all the way from tinnitus (general ringing) to actual clear voices talking to you -- no kidding: some people actually hear voices, and a few unfortunately act upon them. There's a theory that there's some connection being made between side-frontal lobes that aren't supposed to connect that way (don't ask me: I'm just repeating a vaguely remembered conversation), but who knows.

I've read that sometimes the noise is loud enough that a doctor can hear it from outside, from the ear. But it isn't an ear malfunction -- it has something to do with the brain.

In minor ways, this happens to most of us -- you hear people talk about earworms? Something odd is going on there, and the more serious problems are versions of that. Drugs can cause a version of auditory hallucination -- that has happened to me, and it took years to get over it. No one believed me either if I tried to explain, so I just shut up about it, but it's a very real problem, like flashbacks.

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Re: Eyes
« Reply #4 on: September 23, 2010, 07:15:51 PM »
There's a long list of causes of tinnitus - I've been reading up on this subject for years. It's especially prevalent in those - like myself - who wear a hearing aid all day. So not only do we have to cope with the noise of the hearing aid itself, but also the annoying ringing associated with tinnitus. I can understand why some folks with tinnitus have been driven over the edge.
 
The only solution I have personally for tinnitus is to live in an environment with a lot of sound that drives out the tinnitus. But doing so brings on a headache!
 
As for eye 'floaters' - I have had this problem almost as long as I have had tinnitus - over 30 years - and there is no cure that I know of.
 
The combination of eye 'floaters' and ear 'tinnitus' - god, I don't know how I stand it. :o

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Re: Eyes
« Reply #5 on: September 23, 2010, 07:25:47 PM »
Funny, you mention floaters because I had never even heard of them until last week ... when I noticed something weird with my left eye. A couple of flashed in the outside corner, and then floaters. They seem to have eased though because I forgot about them til I saw this thread.

I expect they will return.

Boom Boom, are you sure that there is nothing wrong with the hearing aid? Sometimes they themselves get whiney.
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Re: Eyes
« Reply #6 on: September 23, 2010, 07:36:59 PM »
The hearing aid is fine - I get it checked every six months. The problem it is a high power digital and everything gets picked up - especially wind, which is the main culprit. My analog aid never picked up the wind. People can hear wind - that was new to me when I got my digital.
 
I've had floaters half my life - it's just that in the past six or so years they are getting worse. They even interfer with visibility occasionally when driving, so I am glad I can't go anywhere but around town here, and there's virtually no traffic here.
 
I was quite discouraged to hear my opthamalogist give a definite NO! to the idea of doing something about my eye floaters. :crying
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Re: Eyes
« Reply #7 on: September 23, 2010, 11:28:01 PM »
I have floaters. Most of the time I don't notice them, but I just now checked and there they are.  I have cataracts developing but not bad yet.  Once in a while some ringing in the ears, but it doesn't last (and sometimes it turns out it's an external infernal machine down the street).
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Re: Eyes
« Reply #8 on: September 23, 2010, 11:31:26 PM »
I think my floaters are worse since my eye surgery.

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Re: Eyes
« Reply #9 on: February 07, 2013, 06:16:50 PM »
For some months now my right eye was doing its bad corneal erosion thing. It all started with a car accident and glass in the eye in my 20's. A wonderful surgeon 'fixed' the scar tissue into place but said it wouldn't last a lifetime. I've been using my left eye to make up for the right eye, as it just can't see. I take my time to write posts here correctly, but mostly don't bother at FB or in e-mails etc.,
So today after seeing same guy (thank you universe) I now have astigmatism and cornea is badly inflamed.  Drops/cream for 10 days so I may not have to have another surgery, but dunno. Plus of course new script for my 2 pairs of readers and to tell the truth I simply can't wait to see BETTER again.


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Re: Eyes
« Reply #10 on: February 07, 2013, 06:56:12 PM »
Hope all goes well for you, Toe.  :hug
 
I had laser eye surgery two years ago, and my left eye has occasionally been sore ever since. Opthamalogist says surgery was routine and successful. With new glasses (bifocals) my eyesight is slightly better than before.
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Re: Eyes
« Reply #11 on: February 07, 2013, 07:40:33 PM »
Sometimes I wish that all I need was lazer, but no, when a trauma happens to the eye it's extremely painful and careful. I was recommended bi-focals years ago and have never wanted them, always prefer 2 sets of glasses I asked him today would I be able to see the MOON better, he looked at me like  :noidea
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Re: Eyes
« Reply #12 on: February 08, 2013, 02:48:00 PM »
I use two sets of glasses as well. I think I prefer them to the option of bifocals.

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Re: Eyes
« Reply #13 on: February 08, 2013, 03:50:29 PM »
I use two sets of glasses as well. I think I prefer them to the option of bifocals.

But nowadays bifocals are so expertly merged in with your regular prescription eyeglasses that you can't really tell you have bifocals or not - only when they make reading much easier. I'm sold on them.

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Re: Eyes
« Reply #14 on: February 13, 2013, 11:47:50 PM »
Hope your eyes have improved Toe.

I went for an eye exam. Need new glasses. Resisting bifocals because I only need distance glasses when I am driving on the highway.
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