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Anybody else have floaters in their eyes...you know, the little black squiggly things that you can see better in brighter light? Over the last week or so, I seem to have quite a few. I emailed my midwife, but wondered if anyone else is having this experience? (I'm 21.5 weeks. fourth pg)<br><br>
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i hope so!! i have them even when not pregnant, so hopefully they really don't indicate much...<br><br>
sometimes i am just more aware of them than at other times.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">i hope so!! i have them even when not pregnant, so hopefully they really don't indicate much...<br><br>
sometimes i am just more aware of them than at other times.</div>
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Yep, this.<br><br>
Sometimes they can be a sign of high bp, but not always. So, if you've never had floaters and now do, get checked out. Otherwise it's most likely nothing. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
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I had a bad case out of the blue on Saturday. I can see a few right now, come to mention it, but on Saturday a whole section of my sight was completely obstructed. It went away in 10 minutes, and I know it's fairly common, so I haven't contacted my midwife. By the way, my bp is always very, very low -- around 98/65.
 

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Most of the dark floaters you see are caused by blood vessels you had in your eyes when you were in YOUR mothers womb! When they are no longer necessary they do not completely go away.<br><br>
You will tend to notice them more when your senses are heightened (like during pregnancy!) or when it is particularly bright out (its been much nicer lately than it has in months...) and oddly being dehydrated can seem to make them worse so make sure you are drinking enough water (funny how it always comes back to that isnt it?)<br><br>
I wouldn't worry about floaters myself unless they were white or like flashes...<br><br>
I see ones that flash and fly around and sort of look like tiny fireflies or ufos... but even mine are (basically) harmless... migraine auras without the migraine following. Nothing at all to do with blood presser or eye problems.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I had a bad case out of the blue on Saturday. I can see a few right now, come to mention it, but on Saturday a whole section of my sight was completely obstructed. It went away in 10 minutes, and I know it's fairly common, so I haven't contacted my midwife. By the way, my bp is always very, very low -- around 98/65.</div>
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While floaters are common, the obstructed sight is not. I definitely would bring that up to your midwife sooner rather than later. Loss of vision can be a simple as a pre-migraine aura (even if you don't get migraines and a headache does not follow), or it can indicate something serious like cerebral edema. Cerebral edema is NOT BP-dependent, and even if your BP is always low, it potentially could spike without warning.<br><br>
All that to say that I'm sure your MW would appreciate knowing about the incident this weekend.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I wouldn't worry about floaters myself unless they were white or like flashes...<br><br>
I see ones that flash and fly around and sort of look like tiny fireflies or ufos... but even mine are (basically) harmless... migraine auras without the migraine following. Nothing at all to do with blood presser or eye problems.</div>
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This is what I get. I get them when not pregnant too, but way more often when pregnant. They're tons of tiny little clear dots, almost like imprints. They fly around for a little while and then go away. The thing is, I <i>do</i> get the migraine with them. No fun. Sometimes they are there with no headache, but mostly it's when I have a migraine coming on. I think they may have something to do with being dehydrated as well because a few glasses of water intake make things a little better for me. That and just resting until they've subsided.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">The thing is, I <i>do</i> get the migraine with them. No fun</div>
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I get them with migraine too but during pregnancy I get them more often without one.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I get them with migraine too but during pregnancy I get them more often without one.</div>
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Isn't it great. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll"> Normally a couple of advil will take the edge off, but of course that's a no go during pregnancy. Tylonol just doesn't cut it. What I've been doing is drinking a cup of coffee and taking two tylonol. That seems to take the edge off enough to function at least.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Isn't it great. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll"> Normally a couple of advil will take the edge off, but of course that's a no go during pregnancy. Tylonol just doesn't cut it. What I've been doing is drinking a cup of coffee and taking two tylonol. That seems to take the edge off enough to function at least.</div>
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Thats basically what excedrin is! (only without the aspirin)<br><br>
I usually do the same though honestly I just wish I wouldnt get them to begin with!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Thats basically what excedrin is! (only without the aspirin)<br><br>
I usually do the same though honestly I just wish I wouldnt get them to begin with!</div>
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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> I know, and I won't <i>ever</i> take excedrin, even when not pregnant. It makes me jittery, where the cup of coffee seems less intense in that respect. I've been getting them so often this pregnancy though that I've had to do something. Okay....back to the regular scheduled thread topic....lol.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">While floaters are common, the obstructed sight is not. I definitely would bring that up to your midwife sooner rather than later. Loss of vision can be a simple as a pre-migraine aura (even if you don't get migraines and a headache does not follow), or it can indicate something serious like cerebral edema. Cerebral edema is NOT BP-dependent, and even if your BP is always low, it potentially could spike without warning.<br><br>
All that to say that I'm sure your MW would appreciate knowing about the incident this weekend.</div>
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Thank you for that alert. I did some reading and it sounds like I was seeing a pre-migraine aura. That has happened once or twice before in my life, although I've never had a migraine headache. I'll be on the lookout for the other symptoms of cerebral edema, though. Thanks again.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Thank you for that alert. I did some reading and it sounds like I was seeing a pre-migraine aura. That has happened once or twice before in my life, although I've never had a migraine headache. I'll be on the lookout for the other symptoms of cerebral edema, though. Thanks again.</div>
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You're welcome. I'm sure I sound alarmist, but I have BTDT and wish I had taken things a bit more seriously in hindsight!
 

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I am a migraineur, and I find that during pregnancy I have much stronger neurological symptoms. I also get floaters here and there that aren't related to headache, but the two are different for me.<br><br>
In my last pregnancy, at about 39 weeks, I had such strong neurological symptoms that they mirrored stroke. It was really frightening. (I spoke to my provider about it for sure!) I'm not sure why the headache portion isn't necessarily worse during pregnancy (mine seem less intense but more frequent) but the neurological portion is so much more pronounced!<br><br>
I take fioricet (caffeine, tylenol, butalbital) at the first sign of aura, as it is better for me to arrest the whole cascade of events than to deal with the symptoms as well as the possible raise in BP and vasoconstriction that accompanies migraine.
 

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I had this happen early in my pregnancy (like 6 weeks or so). I did a little reading, and found that if:<br><br>
1. You experience a sudden increase in floaters (as dense as what you'd see coming from a salt shaker)<br>
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2. You see flashes of white light (as Maeryn pointed out)<br><br>
Then you should definitely call the doctor. It is probably nothing but the big fear is of a detached retina. I had both symptoms (sudden increase and flashes). It was like I was seeing a flock of birds swooping down from my left eye and I'd startle, until I realized it was floaters (which I also usually have).<br><br>
I was going to just ignore but a friend of DH's recently had his retina detach and had to have surgery, not once, not twice but 3 times!<br><br>
I went to the opthamalogist (not an optometrist) and he checked me out. Everything was ok, thankfully.<br><br>
Good luck and HTH
 

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Thanks for all the replies and "when to worry" tips.<br><br>
My midwife said that as long as I'm not seeing stars/flashing lights or feeling light-headed, it's normal, and tends to increase with each pgcy. Lovely.<br><br>
The connection to migraines is interesting to me. I've been eating stupidly the last week or so, and SHOULD have had a migraine. I've been mighty, mighty close, but haven't actually had one. Maybe this is just how it's manifesting now. Well...I'd pick this over a pukey migraine any day as long as it's benign!<br><br>
Thanks again!
 

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Interesting, so the floaters you describe are little white dots? I rarely get those. My floaters are little fine black squiggles, like lint in my eye<br><br><br>
Odd. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
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Mine remind me of dust, too...and squggly. I don't think I've ever seen white dots...
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I had this happen early in my pregnancy (like 6 weeks or so). I did a little reading, and found that if:<br><br>
1. You experience a sudden increase in floaters (as dense as what you'd see coming from a salt shaker)<br>
and/or<br>
2. You see flashes of white light (as Maeryn pointed out)<br><br>
Then you should definitely call the doctor. It is probably nothing but the big fear is of a detached retina. I had both symptoms (sudden increase and flashes). It was like I was seeing a flock of birds swooping down from my left eye and I'd startle, until I realized it was floaters (which I also usually have).<br><br>
I was going to just ignore but a friend of DH's recently had his retina detach and had to have surgery, not once, not twice but 3 times!<br><br>
I went to the opthamalogist (not an optometrist) and he checked me out. Everything was ok, thankfully.<br><br>
Good luck and HTH</div>
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Not only white light, but flashes of light like fireworks or like the sun on a rippling pond.<br><br>
I've always had floaters since I was in my late 20s. They seemed to get worse through my pgs.<br><br>
When I was pg with my daughter, both of my retinas split (retinoschisis). I did not have high BP or any other signs that anything was going on besides the floaters (which may or may not mean anything on their own) and the flashing lights in my peripheral vision that just appeared one afternoon.<br><br>
I was scheduled for laser surgery (after an optometrist saw me, freaked, and sent me to a retinal surgeon that afternoon), but it progressed so quickly that I was admitted for emergency surgery and had a buckle placed on one eye and then laser done on the other. I was 7 months pg. How much fun was that? LOL.<br><br>
I did lose some vision in one eye, but not enough to affect daily life.<br><br>
Since then, both retinas have been re-lasered a number of times. All seems to be holding *fingers crossed*<br><br>
So, if you ever see something out of the ordinary, even if it seems trivial, get it checked ASAP. The surgeons managed to save the majority of the vision in my right eye, but it was a close call.
 
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