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perfect circle in peripheral vision

I am seeing a large circle on the inside (near nose) of my left eye. When I look far to the left while facing a wall, it looks like a grey-black circle on the wall. When I look straight ahead with both eyes open I can see it way off to the right of my visual field, best when I blink. When I stand far back it gets bigger. The eye doctor could find nothing to explain it. She said there were no retinal tears or any bleeding and looked at me like I was crazy. Any idea what it could be if it's not a retinal problem? Maybe vitreous changing? I am 50, low BP, healthy, no diabetes. Thank you
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If you can see it all the time (unlike a migraine aura or a TIA ) I suspect it is a vitreous opacity known as a Weiss Ring. It is where the vitreous was attached around the optic nerve. When a posterior vitreous detachment occurs they move forward into the vitreous and create a huge floater much larger than the regular kind (like a redwood tree in a pine forest. )  I have one in my right eye that looks like a perfect letter O   Then can break and look like a C   Use Google Images and look at pictures of Weiss Ring vitreous floaters.
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It doesn't move like a floater though. It moves with my eye and it is solid. When I stretch my eye all the way in to my nose, it looks like a black pressure spot but when I move my eye further to out to the left, it looks like a bigger grey shadow circle. I don't like it. I think that now my brain knows it is there, it sees it all the time instead of ignoring it like before. Will it ever go unconscious again?
A floater can be in a fixed position and not move much. I think it important to know who the 'eye doctor' was. If you saw an optometrist who is a non-MD, non-physician I think you should see an eye MD ophthalmologist. You may need some special tests such as Amsler grid, peripheral vision test and macular OCT.
Thanks, doctor. it's definitely not central vision, but it's large and bothersome so I will try to have another exam with an eye MD
Sounds like a good plan. Those extra tests may be required.
RD doesn't present like this, does it? I've had no lightening flashes or increase in floaters
Is it possible I've made it worse by focusing my attention on it all the time? I feel like it wasn't this noticeable and now it is. It's like my brain is anxious and looking for it all the time. How do I stop this?
No RD not high on list. Obsessing on it will not hurt the eye but will make you more aware, common to do that with floaters and glasses frames.
In the morning when I wake up and my eyes are still closed, I can see this perfect black circle through my closed lids. It's in my right eye, but shows up to the far left of my left eye (if that makes sense). It's almost like I'm seeing the outline of my optic disk or something. IS that possible?
(i got my left and right confused, but the point is the same)
Doobie: Sorry but this is about as far as I can take this discussion. You will need to work with your ophthalmologists.
Sorry, yes. I just feel I can't live with this
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Doctor, can I just ask if this symptom rings any bells for you? My ophthalmologist referral hasn't come through yet and I am stressed. I have googled and googled and found nothing similar to a perfectly formed large circle like this. It almost feels like it is generated by tugging, something mechanical in my eye
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I really cannot tell. It could be a floater near your retina that does not move. On the other hand I had a 30+ year old man come in the office seeing a black spot in one eye that didn't move and he had a swollen, inflamed optic nerve. If it was due to vitreous tugging on the retina it would not be there all the time and would generate a flash of light.
Maybe it's something in the orbit, pressing on the outside of my eye! O.O
That is an uncommon problem and an even less common symptom for an uncommon problem.
Anxiety is a beast!
Horses, not zebras, right?
Zebras are rare, horses are much more common
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I have this, at least I think it’s what your describing and I have seen it posted a few times. I have a gray transparent circle in both eyes when I look to the far right or left. It is the same in both eyes and always there. I also have one in the inner corner of my eye, near my nose. I can notice it against white all’s if I look for it. I have been examined numerous times and have had every test, everything comes back normal. I was at the ophthalmologist office two weeks ago for a check up and he said my eyes looked fine. Also, I have had this for almost 10 years.
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Yes, I do get migraine with aura! I have the transparent circles you're talking about too. They don't worry me so much as the one near my nose. Does the one near your nose follow your eye movement? So if you look towards your temple, it moves along? When I stand back from a white wall, the circle gets HUGE!
If I look to my right and upward I can see it getting bigger. I also notice it in certain lighting if I yawn. I’m now getting very bad halos and starbursting, so I don’t even think about these spots. I figure they’re harmless since they’ve been there for almost a decade and nothing is showing up on any test
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Yes, it's encouraging you've had them so long. I didn't notice it until I went looking and now I can't not see it. It's making physically sick with worry. What did you ophthalmologist think it was?
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Also, if does feel like it’s tugging because it happens when I move my eyes. Do you get migraines? In particular, migraines with aura?
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My ophthalmologist has no idea, but assured me my eyes were healthy. He said perhaps I have a very sensitive retina and that it could be tugging. He also told me that I had no sign of any retinal diseases and to trust him. My biggest fear is that I’ll be told I have  some horrible eye disease. It’s hard and I’m trying to just trust him. He’s one of the best in Los Angeles and is a retina specialist. He’s been practicing for 40+ years and has seen everything. He told me he would have seen something serious. My only option is to assume its migraine/ neurologically related. Aside from migraine with aura, do you get any other symptoms? Visual snow, trails or afterimages? I had trails, palinopsia, for two years, but it suddenly went away.
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I get afterimages from EVERYTHING. Even stuff that's not bright, just random objects in my peripheral vision. I also get bright spots in one eye at a time that sort of flare when I blink. I see all sorts of weird stuff in the dark too, with my eyes open or closed. I have staticky vision at night, but I figure everyone does ... I'm not sure it would qualify as visual snow as during the day I only have blue field entoptic phenomenon, which is normal. The big circle bothers me the most, because I can't ignore it
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My static isn’t so bad either, mostly I notice it at night. I don’t know what’s going on, but keep a yearly visit with your eye doctor to monitor everything. I’ve had MRI’s as well and those also came back as normal. Have you’ve seen a doctor about this new spot that’s bothering you? Keep me posted and I’ll do the same if I ever find out what the heck is going on.
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I saw an optometrist, who did a dilated exam and assured me there were no retinal tears. But he wasn't an eye MD, and that worries me. I have an appointment with an ophthalmologist next month. Yes, do come back if you learn anything new. I'll do the same. Unexplained visual disturbances are very frightening.

The spot near my nose, when I look hard at it so it's actually ON my nose, it looks like a white circle with veins coming out of it. It's almost as though I am seeing my optic nerve/blind spot
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If you call their office and tell them that you’re seeing a dark spot in your vision, they will get you in ASAP, in the case that it’s a detachment. I would do that if you’re really concerned
. Have you seen an ophthalmologist before, about the other spots?
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Oh don't say that, lol! I have told myself that if I had a detachment, the optometrist would have seen it. It's not something he would miss, surely! Especially when he was looking for tears ...

I don't think it would present like this, anyhow. I don't have flashes or a bunch of new floaters. I've had my eyes looked at by a retinal specialist about 10 years ago for the other spots and nothing was found to explain them
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I'm not saying that you have a detachment, clearly you do not. What I was saying is to tell the doctors office that you are experiencing a new symptom that involves a seeing a dark spot in the corner of your vision, so that they would get you in asap, rather than having to wait and worry until your appointment, which is next month. I would never wait that long.
Ah, OK. You scared me. It doesn't take much. I have had this since before Christmas, so I can probably wait a little longer. The specialist I am seeing is for glaucoma; I think I would need to make an appointment with a retina specialist for this. Ugh, I hate all this fear and worry
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I've had the same 'perfectly formed translucent circle' appearing in my left eye now for over two weeks. It just suddenly happened, and like you suggest, it appears  in different sizes and colours on different backgrounds and is most prominent when I blink. Can I ask you a few questions? Does your particular floating circular image have a 'distinct border around it'? And perhaps a 'dark centre'... does it look kind of like a Record or CD label? Is it like a translucent image of your own eye?
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a suddenly appearing circular object that moves within the eye is usually a Weiss Ring.  Google image to see how they have all sizes and shapes.
Thank you... yes, I've read about Weiss Rings. I've read a few articles on them and various forum boards etc. It's the closest thing I've found yet to what I'm experiencing.
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