Real story here ... which caught me totally off guard last night.
When preparing for bed, my right eye had the strangest sensation - where the best I can describe is much like this... a backwards "C" , or like looking at a clock where I had a line from the 12 o'clock section around to 6 o'clock section in a curve where it seemed I had welding sparks flashing in my vision.
It only lasted for a couple seconds, so I sat down to see if it would happen again, trying to figure out what the heck just happened.
Since it did not repeat itself, I decided to get up - go brush my teeth, but within a couple minutes, it happened again. There was no pattern on timing - it continued off and on for over 30 minutes. Time to ask google my question - why do I have spark like bright flashes like a string of pearls going off in my eye.
There were a few suggestions found online, where I decided this was pretty serious stuff. I was able to find a 24/7 phone number to the retina-doctors.com in my area. I want to send out a special thanks to "Mike" who answered my call, took a great deal of time going over my symptoms, calming me down. A decision was made to see a retina specialist first thing this morning, instead of going to the emergency room.
To make a long story short, I was able to get an early appointment with a retina specialist, being worked in right away as an emergency where I was diagnosed with a Vitreous Separation with a Retinal Tear that needed surgery with laser to "weld" the break. Little did I know, if I had NOT taken this seriously, seeking immediate attention, my retina could have detached - causing sight-threatening complications.
Please activerain readers, friends and family - pay attention to what your eyes are telling you - and seek an Ophthalmologist as soon as symptoms develop, so that treatment can be performed promptly.
It's so easy in our line of work, to be on the computer for hours, stressing our eyes. Did you know reading a book is less stressful to our eyes than reading on a computer? It all has to do with pixels. But that is another story...
Take care my friends...I am SO thankful my eyesight was saved!