View Full Version : Floaters and blindness

03-10-2009, 02:40 PM
I just wanted to let anyone know who has issues with their eyes to act on it ASAP. I just found out that my red itchiness around my puffy eyes is due to inflamation around my eye nerves. This leads to retina detachment which leads to blindness! I just recently started seeing floaters which in itself is a dangerous sign of retina detachment. If youve had floaters your whole life theres nothing to worry about but with this autoimmune illness it attacts EVERY PART of our body as you all well know. So if floaters suddenly appear for the first time in your life its serious!

I have to get surgery to reattach the retinas and i have to say this one is making for a crying moment. I feel scared right now. I wish i would have acted on it sooner.

I just wanted to warn anyone whos experiencing floaters or itchy red eyes.

Angel Oliver
03-10-2009, 03:43 PM
Oh im sending you gentle hugs and i am so glad your Doctor is helping you.I too have been seeing floaters n mentioned it to the doc last week.Unfortunately, he just dismissed it but did listen to my left eye going blind.He said he would get my rheumi appointment brought forward.I'll make sure i mention this ...thank you.
I realise this is a scary time right now for you.....but we are all here and will try and support you through this.:grouphug:


03-10-2009, 03:49 PM
You poor baby. I can feel how worried you are and yet you took the time to warn us so we could avoid the same issue. That was so good of you.

How wonderful that there is a surgery to help you. The doctors must feel they can offer you a good outcome or they wouldn't pursue this. And please don't beat yourself up about not following up sooner. Itchy eyes seems pretty innocent and something that doesn't appear serious. I'm not surprised that you thought it was something that could wait a bit. At least you did act on it and now the problem can be addressed. All is not lost.

Please keep us posted on your progress. We want to hear how relieved you are that it is all over and that you're doing well. Hugs to you.

03-10-2009, 04:04 PM
I agree about the importance of good eye care. I'm 36 and was told have macular degeneration in both eyes and that they usually do not see that till your 80's. I have to have regular eye visits and do amsler grid everyday. Which not sure why, because macular degeneration is irreversible. I also have floaters, but that also can be from high blood pressure. Which im being treated for.:wacko:

03-10-2009, 04:21 PM
OMG, you have no idea what your kind words mean to me right now. I was sitting here crying and feeling so lonely and sad that no one was replying to my thread. How pathetic is that. Im very emotional these past few days. I keep getting new symptoms or my others are worsening. Im scared sometimes, more lately. My husband is working late and my daughter is in North Carolina visiting a friend and my 14 yr old son doesnt need to have his mother crying on his shoulder and worrying him. So i knew just the other day Angel we talked about our floaters and i was worried about you and anyone else needing serious attention so i posted. Then i found my self feeling sorry for myself that i wasnt getting a reply shortly after posting. Sounds so terrible huh? I have my pitty party moments i guess but i dont like to cuz i feel worse then.

I just want you all to know that this was a particular moment when i needed you most and i really appreciate it. THANK YOU

Angel Oliver
03-10-2009, 04:36 PM
Oh please dont think we are not replying.Its a new site you see with new gadgets on and people are finding their way around allot slower than usual. Please dont worry about me.I have told the Doctor and now you have posted this you have HELPED me so thank you. I WILL make a point of telling the Rheumi about this.
We all are sending you such hugs now and really care about you. You get it all out on here we are listening...even though we may be a bit slow to find your post....i keep ending up on other peoples profiles :) i have'nt a clue how.

Love n gentle hugs

03-10-2009, 04:46 PM
LOL Thank You Angel!

Im just extra sensitive right now i guess. Its good my husband is working late because id probably drive him nuts crying at every mushy commercial that comes on TV! LOL

I still cant figure out the dang icons and avatars! DUH! My daughter comes home tomorow, shes my computer wiz so im sure ill be posting pics and putting on icons all over the place real soon! LOL

Angel Oliver
03-10-2009, 04:53 PM
Hey you cry as much as you need too. :) dont worry...it took us a while to figure out the emoticons.There is a thread called smileys somewhere with easy instructions....well sort of...we all did it this morning. Last night i nearly did this to my laptop:computer2:then this:computer3:. so just take your time we are all learning it slowly.xxxx

03-10-2009, 05:08 PM
You made me laugh again Angel! Im sending you so many HUGS im gonna smother you!!!!! LOL

Angel Oliver
03-10-2009, 05:15 PM
Oh good i am so glad.

You are not alone though.Its sometimes hard when you are sat alone, feeling so much pain, frustration, total loneliness like noone understands you.Or like me...convinced the medical profession think most of my illness is in my head:shocked:. The emotions can overwhelm you sometimes.But guess what.....you will find allot of people here who will help you with any worries, questions, anything.So always ask, dont suffer in silence....you got us lot now to help you along. Im not very knowledgeable on allot of things but boooooooooy can i waffle on :)


03-10-2009, 08:21 PM
Hi lucky 7,

sorry i was not around when you needed help earlier today. I am glad that Angel was able to be with you. Hope you feel better now.

to get smiles emotioncons you:

click on to user cp (in upper left corner of screen)
scroll down left side, and select edit options
scroll all the way down, and message manager interface is almost last option.
select "enhanced interface " which is then followed by several capital letters
click save
the smileys should appear the next time you post.

hope it works.

tiggerlishus - Heidi
03-11-2009, 03:08 AM
thank you for adding this thread i am sooo sorry your going throu it right now but glad they are doing something to help!! I too get those floaters as you call them but think its more to do with high blood preasure but am going to mention to remu when i go monday and i add what angel says am always here might take me while to reply cause of time differnece that and i get glued to arcade!! but just put your right hand on your left shoulder and your left hand on your right shoulder and sqqquuueezzee and that a hug from me to you please let us know how you get on xxxx :thumbs-up:

03-11-2009, 11:41 AM
Awwww, Thanks for the support Mountaindreamer and Heidi!!!

I guess sometimes i just need a little extra! I always feel like a baby when i have that feeling but thats why all of you are here and its greatly appreciated!!!!

sick n tired
03-11-2009, 10:17 PM
Oh Lucky...I am so sorry. I haven't been on for a few days. I am sorry that you have to have this surgery, too.
I want to tell you that you have spurred me to make an appt with the eye specialist that my Rheumatoligist has asked me to go see.

I am praying for you and your eyesight right now...

Many, many, gentle hugs for you...