soozemusic asked in HealthOptical · 1 decade ago

Star like spots swirling?

This has happened to me maybe five times in a year or more. Usually in the shower (my eyes are open, no soap in my eyes, etc), I have to stand real still because from the outer corner of my eyes I actually see bright white stars in circular motion for a number of seconds. Then they cease. No dizzness with it. But I can see the stars with my eyes wide open. What could this be?

4 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
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    The space between the crystalline lens and the retina is filled with a clear, gel-like substance called vitreous. In a newborn,

    the vitreous has an egg-white consistency and is firmly attached to the retina. With age, the vitreous thins and may separate from the back of the eye. This is called posterior vitreous detachment (PVD), a very common, usually harmless condition.

    As the vitreous pulls free from the retina, it is often accompanied by light flashes or floaters. Floaters are caused by tiny bits of vitreous gel or cells that cast shadows on the retina. Flashes occur when the vitreous tugs on the sensitive retina tissue.

    There are other more serious causes of flashes and floaters, however. Retinal tears, retinal detachment, infection, inflammation, hemorrhage, or an injury such as a blow to the head may also cause floaters and flashes. (Have you ever seen stars after bumping your head?) Occasionally, flashes of light are caused by neurological problems such as a migraine headache. When related to a headache, the flashes of light are seen in both eyes and usually lasts 20-30 minutes before the headache starts.

    Signs and Symptoms

    Black spots or “spider webs” that seem to float in the vision in a cluster or alone

    Spots that move or remain suspended in one place

    Flickering or flashing lights that are most prominent when looking at a bright background like a clear, blue sky

    Symptoms that may indicate a more serious problem

    Sudden decrease of vision along with flashes and floaters

    Veil or curtain that obstructs part or all of the vision

    Sudden increase in the number of floaters

    Detection and Diagnosis

    Notify your physician immediately if you notice a sudden shower of floaters, new light flashes, a veil or curtain obstructing your vision, or any other change. The doctor will dilate your pupils with drops and examine the vitreous and retina inside the eye with an ophthalmoscope.


    Because of the risk, surgery is rarely indicated for PVD except when the floaters obscure the vision. In these cases, surgical removal of the vitreous (vitrectomy) may be considered only if the vision is significantly affected. This treatment is rarely needed since floaters typically become less bothersome over a period of weeks to months as they settle below the line of sight. However, vitrectomy may be indicated in a select group of patients with visually disabling vitreous floaters, as long as an objective assessment of the patient's visual disfunction from the floaters is made.

    If the flashes and floaters are related to a problem other than a PVD, surgical treatment may be required.

    Be proactive and monitor your vision

    It is important to periodically assess the vision of each eye. Many problems can be detected early by simply comparing both eyes.

    To test your vision:

    1. Cover one eye and pick a point to look at straight ahead

    2. Note the quality of your central and peripheral vision, noting any change

    3. Look for any obstructions, veils or curtains in your peripheral vision

    4. Watch for floaters, flashes

    5. Note the duration and intensity of the symptoms

    6. Cover fellow eye and repeat

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    a nervous condition

    which i forgot the medical name.

    but you have to relax more stop stressing.

    all muscles in our body go to all part of central nervesous


    this is a warning....your brain is telling u....old school

    try this take some NOXZEMA and a CUKE CUMBER

    place them in the freezer for 20 minutes.

    take it out..the NOXZEMA goes on your face first.

    the cukes cut into cicles goes on your eyes.

    this will reieve tension stress your having.

    and the stars will be no more.

    do it 2-3 times a week for 7 days.


  • 1 decade ago

    I've gotton that too and i don"t mean the water bubble types . if I've gotton up too fast from a lying position they are like small arrows or darts moving in a definate pattern for a few seconds, then subside. happens rarely like retinal flash-where a zig-zag colored line will flash, move into my field of view, and then fade away-THATS uneasing because it does interefere with my field of vision until it passes-twice or so a year that happens.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I get the same thing, it's normal. It's your brain trying to compute hot/cold in the shower.

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