Vision Anomaly or Ordinary After-Images?
January 14, 2010 6:17 AM Subscribe
I can't tell if I'm having very normal vision experiences or if I need to go to the doctor. Specifically, I keep getting an after-image of a dot when I haven't been looking at anything bright.
posted by anonymous to health & fitness (9 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
First off, I've had migraines, and I get blind spots along with them -- this isn't a blind spot like I experience. Blind spots, for me, have always been like negated space, just absolutely nothing there. This isn't like that.
What I'm experiencing now is more like an after-image. In fact, at first, I assumed it was just an after-image of something, until I started seeing it when I was in perfectly dark rooms. It's like a little circle, hardly more than a dot, and (I think) it's right in the middle of my vision. I first noticed it a couple weeks ago. It never lasts for very long, rarely more than a few seconds, and there is never any discomfort or anything that comes along with it. I see it several times a day. It's just a little weird thing that I've been noticing.
What I don't know is if this is something I'm just now noticing because it's weird and new, or if it's normal that I just happened to notice for once and have been concentrating on too much. In other words: does this happen to everyone and I just now realized it, or is this something kinda weird that I should have checked out? My health has been kind of out of whack for a while (digestive issues, allergy issues, asthma-like issues), and I'm starting to worry that I'm too preoccupied with my body these days.
I'm a 26 year old female, and I am near-sighted. Other than blind spots associated with migraines (which I've been to the doctor about, which I have no reason to worry about, and which, as I said, seem totally different from this), I've never had vision issues.
This is anonymous because I'm feeling kind of silly about my health in general these days, and, even if it seems trivial, it feels personal to me.