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    Jasjulieann posted:
    After an eye exam on Tuesday and the dilation wore off, I had remaining floaters looking like a spiderweb and flashes to the left side. I have never had floaters or flashes before EVER. Now can't get in to see the Doctor until next Monday. This sure seems like a strange coinsidence to me. Why all of a sudden does this happen. I know I keep reading about age, but until I went in for an annual check up, no problems. This is annoying and is there anything that can be done
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    Alan M Kozarsky, MD responded:
    I cannot think of a way to connect a preventative dilated eye exam with the new onset of flashes and floaters.

    However, if the flashes and floaters are present, you need an urgent skilled and detailed dilated eye exam which includes indirect ophthalmoscopy and scleral depression to make sure that you do not have a retinal tear or the early signs of a retinal detachment.

    If your doctor can't do it this week, find another doctor to do it. www.AAO.org, "Find an Eye M.D." and search for a "retina" specialist.


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