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Swirly object in vision


I have a swirly thing in my right eye, when I look forward it seems to be at right at the side, when I look down it gets worse and comes to most of the eye, also if I look at something I can only seem to see half of the face as it goes blurry. it is making me feel sick and dizzy if I move my eyes left and right quickly, I also have a few black floaters in both eyes but that isn't unusual.

Answer Written answer:

This is likely to be another type of floater (although it could be a different problem) and although a nuisance, will not do you any harm, except occasionally they can arise from a problem with the retina, so as a precaution you should arrange an eye test as soon as possible where the optometrist will check you vision and examine your eye for any abnormality. For more questions and answers on this issue enter 'vitreous floaters' in the search box on Ask the Optician. 

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Simon Kay BSc(Hons) MCOptom has been a qualified Optometrist for over 35 years, and has a vast experience of almost all aspects of optometry. He joined Specsavers Opticians in 1993 first in Liverpool and for 15 years as a director of Lancaster and Morecambe. He served on many panels and committees whilst a director, including those responsible for IT design and professional advancement. He was regional chairman of the North West directors of Specsavers for over 12 years and as such was involved in almost all aspects of optometry on a business and professional level. He has been involved on the Local Optical Committee for many years and is currently Vice Chairman in his area.
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