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I'm 67, don't wear glasses, just 2.0 readers.
A few weeks ago I noticed something odd at night when walking to house I thought a firefly was flying by. It's like a small yellow light that curves up and around when I move my eyes or head suddenly.
In day and even night with low light I see clearly and focused. Anyone ever had this strange light anomaly?

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I'm 67, don't wear glasses, just 2.0 readers.
A few weeks ago I noticed something odd at night when walking to house I thought a firefly was flying by. It's like a small yellow light that curves up and around when I move my eyes or head suddenly.
In day and even night with low light I see clearly and focused. Anyone ever had this strange light anomaly?

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Take a look at this:

"Seeing flashes of light or getting a new floater or many floaters can be a sign that the vitreous gel is pulling on your retina. The retina is the tissue at the back of the eye that receives images. A torn or damaged retina can cause vision loss, and this vision loss is sometimes permanent."


https://www.oregoneyes.net/eye-floaters-and-flashes-when-are-they-serious/
 

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If it is a floater, you should see an eye specialist as soon as possible. He or she can verify whether or not it is a retinal tear. There is a simple laser treatment to fix a retinal tear, as long as it is caught early.
 

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Thanks. Yes I have floaters and had them even as a kid. They went away, like specks or a piece of thread in the optic fluid.
Right now I don't have them but I'll see an ophthalmologist asap. Thanks.

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The strange light at night appears at the edge of your vision yet disappears when you try to look directly at it or the floaters during the day do much the same thing? After my cataract surgery in both eyes last year, I had them like mad! Most often, it isn't much you can do except get used to them and they'll go away as suddenly as they appeared. What they are is small tiny pieces of collagen floating about in the vitreous in the back of your eyeball. You should mention it to your doctor, but read up on it if you have concerns and make an informed decision then.

https://www.webmd.com/eye-health/benign-eye-floaters#1
 

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May not be what you have, but my 1st symptom of cataracts was-
Looking across the street at the neighbors porch light-
It started "budding" another light like in cell division. Kind of at 1 pm on a clock.
Then that kind of budded and again (down to about 4 pm) and then it (the original) started budding in the opposite direction about 11 am.
It ended up looking like the porch light with a semi circle of porch lights around it.
It didn't complete the circle ( I was missing 7-8 pm) before my lens implants, but I was at 20-450 in my good eye. My 'bad" eye was 20-250, but due to severe astigmatism, it was the worse for actually seeing "stuff".

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Take a look at this:

"Seeing flashes of light or getting a new floater or many floaters can be a sign that the vitreous gel is pulling on your retina. The retina is the tissue at the back of the eye that receives images. A torn or damaged retina can cause vision loss, and this vision loss is sometimes permanent."


https://www.oregoneyes.net/eye-floaters-and-flashes-when-are-they-serious/
Steve is dead on. My brother, who is near your age, had a similar incident a year ago. It was a retinal tear fixed with laser surgery.

You need to see someone about it immediately. Good luck
 

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Hmmmmm, I have this going on too. Time for an eye appointment.
 

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Hereditary cataracts, for me, and don't believe the many eye docs that firmly state that they aren't hereditary as more recent research has proven that they can be. It began as halos around lights at night and a gradually noticeable sensitivity to bright lights. The eye docs said that they appeared as tiny bubbles in the lens so they didn't want to operate until they solidified or I went blind, whichever came first. Likely had them well over 20 years before I said enough and demanded they be removed.
Now, the close up vision is so-so and comes and goes, but low power reading glasses help. The distant vision is great, something like 20/10 last I got checked.
 

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I had to have cataract surgery in 2012 in both eyes--by that time,I was so bad I wasn't able to drive safely any more,especially after dark..

Cars coming towards you looked "doubled",like one was the real car,and "ghost image" of it was right next to it...headlamps had halos and were doubled too,if the car only had one headlight on each side--I saw two...it got tough to tell which image was the real car and which was the double image "ghost"..everything blurry and out of focus too..

The surgery was nothing,I of course was scared to death I'd end up blind,but all they do is numb you up with an IV ,you stay fully awake during the procedure,takes only about 10 minutes..on my way home,I could read road signs 500 feet away clear as a bell!..
I had to have artificial lenses put in both eyes,that are "prescription",so I no longer needed to wear glasses 24/7--I was nearsighted since first grade,now I was farsighted,so I only need to use reading glasses now for up close .

After about a year or so,I began getting "cloudy" in one eye--the doctor said I had "air bubbles under the new lens" and he did a lazer "zap" treatment right in his office that makes a pinhole in the lens so the air can escape..after that my vision was perfect,best it had ever been my whole life..they can only do that procedure once however.
Doc told me I have 20/20 vision in one eye and 20/15 in the other..

About 2 years later,I awoke one morning with a large dark blob floating around in my right eye,that turned out to be a floater--doctor said nothing can be done for those,it is "normal aging"..there are some experimental treatments being done that supposedly work,but I'm not willing to be a volunteer ..unfortunately my other eye developed the same floaters,and the left eye sometimes has what looks like a drop of rain falling down on one side of the eye,it is annoying and distracting...eyes cant take being online for too long before they get blurry now..if I look left,the floaters go to the right,and vice versa..sometimes they look like bugs crawling,or someone stepping off a curb in front of you when driving...so I have to be very careful..

Doc says "the floaters may go away--or you'll just get used to them"..well,so far they seem to be getting worse some days..it is discouraging,after having "perfect" vision,anything less makes you feel like your losing your sight..

I still need to wear "night glasses" to drive after dark--since the surgery,LED lights kill my eyes,I can see the after glow from them for several minutes after looking at one--like the way you still see the flash from a flash bulb --that makes night driving a difficult chore,so I avoid doing any unless I have no choice..the new headlights and LED tail lights blind the crap out of me--ditto for any strobe lights on a police car,or wrecker..
 

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We have a fantastic eye center 10 minutes away. I called, they said come right in, it was an emergency. After all the tests it turns out the optic fluid as we age can harden and break away from retina causing floaters and light flashes. I don't have a torn retina. Ophthalmologist is 80, and he's seen three torn retinas, all treated with laser surgery. My vision was 20-20. No glaucoma, etc. I feel blessed and lucky!
No floaters today either.


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What!!!!? No blood today? Darn, I was hoping for something gruesome. :sidelaugh
 

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We have a fantastic eye center 10 minutes away. I called, they said come right in, it was an emergency. After all the tests it turns out the optic fluid as we age can harden and break away from retina causing floaters and light flashes. I don't have a torn retina. Ophthalmologist is 80, and he's seen three torn retinas, all treated with laser surgery. My vision was 20-20. No glaucoma, etc. I feel blessed and lucky!
No floaters today either.


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Smart move getting checked out. Better safe than sorry. My FIL was having problems and ignored his. He ended up losing sight in one eye permanently. Could have been prevented if he had gotten check out sooner.
 

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No blood Flaken...just snorted soda.
You're 100% right Steve. That's so true things addressed early can be treatable.
So many friends put various things off now have major problems.

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Glad it wasn't more serious. I've had the laser twice. Once in each eye. The first time, as he was finishing up he machine-gunned the pedal that fires the laser. I don't think he meant to do that. It caused some pain and I pulled away but there was no damage. Just the same, I switched doctors. The second laser procedure was no problem.

Last year the new doc told me I am developing a cataract in one eye. So far, no symptoms, but now I go every six months to get it checked.
 

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Glad it wasn't more serious. I've had the laser twice. Once in each eye. The first time, as he was finishing up he machine-gunned the pedal that fires the laser. I don't think he meant to do that. It caused some pain and I pulled away but there was no damage. Just the same, I switched doctors. The second laser procedure was no problem.



Last year the new doc told me I am developing a cataract in one eye. So far, no symptoms, but now I go every six months to get it checked.
Cataract surgery is very successful.

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