• 06Jun

    After a year long procrastination, I finally paid a visit to the ophthalmologist at ISEC (the same doctor who operated on Cassandra’s eye Chalazion 2 years ago) to have my eyes checked as I have been seeing swinging black dots known as floaters in my eyes (especially on my right eye) for the past 1 year. After briefly seeing the eye doctor for about 5 minutes, I was given eye drops on both my eyes to dilate the retina. I then waited for another half an hour for the retina to dilate before going in to see the doctor again to have my eyes checked by a machine. I did not know that the eye drops would sting my eyes so badly. When the first drop touched my eyeball, I yelled out in pain as the drop began its work to sting my eye. I could not open my eyes for about 5 minutes after the first drop. After the remaining drops, I felt giddy as my vision blurred and I could not even read words from my mobile phone. For the next 3 hours, my vision was blurred and I felt a tad giddy too.

    Rascal no. 2 snapped this picture of me after the eye drops.

    Doctor’s diagnosis:
    I have minor floaters on both my eyes. Nothing alarming BUT I must see an eye doctor immediately IF :1) The floaters have increased
    2) I see flashing lights
    3) I see shadows
    4) My vision is suddenly blurred

    What are floaters?
    You may sometimes see small specks or clouds moving in your field of vision. These are called floaters. You can often see them when looking at a plain background, like a blank wall or blue sky. Floaters are actually tiny clumps of gel or cells inside the vitreous, the clear gel-like fluid that fills the inside of your eye. Although the floaters appear to be in front of the eye, they are actually floating in the vitreous fluid inside the eye.

    What causes floaters?
    When people reach middle age, the vitreous gel may start to thicken or shrink, forming clumps or strands inside the eye. The vitreous gel pulls away from the back wall of the eye, causing a posterior vitreous detachment. This is a common cause of floaters.

    Posterior vitreous detachment is more common in people who :

    1) are nearsighted
    2) have undergone cataract operations
    3) have had YAG laser surgery of the eye
    4) have had inflammation inside the eye

    The appearance of floaters may be alarming, especially if they develop very suddenly. You should contact your ophthalmologist (eye M.D.) right away if you develop new floaters, especially if you are over 45 years of age.

  • 25Apr

    I know that if I told my hubs about this problem, he will definitely chide me for delaying a trip to the ophthalmologist. He will probably comment that I would go blind if I have such a lackadaisical attitude towards my own health. I have written about having those black eye floaters in my vision several times since last year but can you beat it that I still have not made a trip to the eyes specialist? What made me write about this is because for the past few days, the black floaters appeared more frequently on my right eye. While I was seated on the throne yesterday, I could see the black floaters (which look like a tiny black spider hanging on its web swinging in front of me) each time I moved my eyeball — to the left, right, up and down. The single black floater on the right eye was there for several minutes each time I moved my eyeball deliberately. Several times when I had a drink, I thought that there was a drop of black dirt on the water but on closer look and after several blinks, I realized that it was the black floater. I hope to really make a trip to ISEC @ Mid Valley for an eye check next month, during the mid year school term break.

  • 10Mar

    I have been feeling a tad queasy and dizzy for the past few days, in addition to feeling lethargic and hungry all the time. Nope, it is not what you are thinking about… I hope NOT! Nah, it is NOT! The light headedness and drowsy feeling happens if I am seated in front of the computer. I think my eyes need to be checked for an increase in power for long and short sightedness. To begin with, I have all the vision disorders from long and short sightedness to astigmatism to night blindness! I started to wear glasses when I was 13 years old but only wore them when I needed to read. At my workplace, I only wore them when I was using the computer or had to check loan documents and write reports. I stopped wearing the glasses about 9 years ago, out of vanity. I was tempted to wear contact lenses but chickened out when one of my ertswhile colleagues had a bad bout of eye infection caused by the contact lenses that she wore. Now that I am working in front of the desktop computer for more than 10 hours a day, I can feel the stress and burden on my over-worked eyes. I could even see floating black spots several times in a day. I read that those black spots are caused mostly from major stress of the eyes and lack of sleep.

    Now coming back to the light headedness I get, I must make an effort to go to the optician to have my eyes checked during this 1-week long school holiday. At the same time, I could have my girls’ eyes checked too. I am a tad worried that they will inherit my genes. My parents and brother need to wear glasses too.  Several of my hubs’ immediate family members wear glasses too.  Am also worried that their regular usage of the iPad and laptop could have some adverse reaction to their eyesight.

  • 21Apr

    Recently, I have been getting a ‘black dot’ in my vision intermittently, say like 5-10 times in a day.  For the past 1 week, I have been working continuously on my PC, with very little rest and sleep.  I am also trying to shed off the 1kg I had gained as a result of binging on durians for the past 1 month!!  So today I decided to google search this problem and this is what I have found from http://www.steadyhealth.com/anorexia_black_dots_and_bright_flashes_in_vision_t216719.html on one of the questions submitted by the forum user:

    Question from a forum user:
    Hi I am 39 and have suffered with anorexia for most of my life. I recently come out of treatment but am struggling to maintain I have started to restrict again and I have noticed that I am getting alot of black dots in my vision for no apparent reason and I have also started to experiance bright flashes that look abit like loads of tiny stars. I eas just wondering if this is due to lack of nutrients in my diet and also should I be concerned or is it just an harmless side effect.

    Answer from the moderator:
    That is not a harmless side effect. People can get this when they have eye disease, a lack of or sudden overabundance of oxygen to the brain, or high or low blood pressure. All of these could be side effects of anorexia. When you don’t eat enough protein and/or vitamin A, this could cause eye disease. When you don’t drink enough, or drink without enough food, this could affect your blood oxygen levels. When you don’t eat enough, your blood pressure could get dangerously low.

    My blood pressure has always been low. I also tend to be light headed, feel dizzy and see darkness if I get up suddenly from a squatting / sitting position on the floor. My eye sight is also not perfect as I have short sightedness, long sightedness and slight astigmatism. I have NOT been wearing my glasses for over 10 years now! Maybe I should get my eyes checked by the optometrist / optician if the black dot in vision continues.

    Has anyone experienced this before?


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I am a WFHM with 3 beautiful girls - Alycia, Sherilyn and Cassandra. I quit the job that I love to stay home with my 3 angels as that's what I've always wanted to do. I am a health freak, fitness freak and a clean freak too. I love to eat and live healthily and I want my kids and hubby to do the same too. Apart from being obsessed with good health, I am obsessed with fashion! I own an online store that sells ladies and kids clothing. Check out my online store at Old & New Stuff For Sale

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