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What do "floaters" and or "stars" looks like?

Postby sb1201 » Wed Apr 13, 2011 11:22 am

by sb1201 (59 Posts), Wed Apr 13, 2011 11:22 am

Just wondering what everyone's experience has been. I have been doing great so far this pregnancy but I have noticed several times that I can see little tiny bright black squiggles in my vision. Not in my direct line of sight but more around whichever way I am looking. I hope that makes sense!

What I am seeing is very minor and tiny little specks that kind of squiggle away, no other visual disturbances at all.
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Re: What do "floaters" and or "stars" looks like?

Postby riehlism » Wed Apr 13, 2011 08:56 pm

by riehlism (655 Posts), Wed Apr 13, 2011 08:56 pm

My visual disturbances were like yours. Mine were in brief bouts. And I do remember the squiggles. There was one time when it was like white fireworks. Bust mostly squiggles. How far along are you? I was 22/23 weeks when that started and had to deliver at the end of 24 weeks.
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Re: What do "floaters" and or "stars" looks like?

Postby sb1201 » Fri Apr 15, 2011 09:27 am

by sb1201 (59 Posts), Fri Apr 15, 2011 09:27 am

This is my fifth baby and with each pregnancy I have developed mild PE right at the end. With my last pregnancy symptoms started at about 30 weeks and I was put on bed rest until I delivered at 38 weeks. I am 29 weeks now and have so far been doing pretty well symptom wise. I get swelling a little more often now but my bp has remained under 140/90 whenever I check and no protein at my visits. But I do still get the floaters, I just had a brief episode of them yesterday. What causes them? Is it the bp raising at the time?
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Re: What do "floaters" and or "stars" looks like?

Postby kellyo19 » Sat Apr 16, 2011 02:53 pm

by kellyo19 (192 Posts), Sat Apr 16, 2011 02:53 pm

I have a chronic eye condition called retinopathy of prematurity due to my own premie birth. The ROP causes retinal tears and breaks, one of the common symptoms of this (for me) is the flashes of light and black squiggly things called floaters. For me they look like little blobs or tadpoles that wriggle around my vision field, sometimes arcing from left to right. The flashes or stars look like camera flashbulbs going off, like your picture is being taken. Sometimes it looks like an uncovered lightbulb that arcs around in small circles or waves.

From what I understand, preeclampsia can cause cerebral swelling which puts pressure on the optic nerve... the pressure on the optic nerve comes across as flashes and floaters. When I had PIH with my son in 2009, my flashes, floaters, and "colorful sparkles" were more frequent and lasted longer, signs my PIH was progressing towards PE. However, within a wk of delivering my son, the colorful sparkles disappeared and the flashes/floaters settled down to my baseline levels.

In my specific case, the undiagnosed and untreated pre-eclampsia with my daughter in 2005 triggered my dormant ROP to become active. Since then I've had a retinal tear treated with a scleral buckle and multiple laser surgeries on the opposite eye to treat smaller tears and breaks. In my case, my eyes are aging rapidly. The dr explained it as a jello salad with coconut fibers in the salad, as my eyes age the gel inside the eyeball shrinks, and little fibers (the coconut) gets stuck on the inside of the eye, attached to the retina, and as the fibers tug on the retina, I get breaks and retinal traction, causing my floaters (actually drops of blood) and flashes (from activating the retina).

Probably more info than you wanted to know, but hopefully I helped answer your questions. If your symptoms persist, you need to inform your regular eye dr and hopefully be referred to a retina specialist at a more advanced medical facility. Only the specialists can advise you for treatment if any, and what to watch for. At the end of my pregnancy with my son I was seen every other wk by my eye specialist, to make sure my ROP wasn't out of control.
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