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Ok so I was just minding my own business when suddenly my right eye had a floating BALL of light. It came from the top then the bottom. It was in my peripheral vision. My eyes are floater filled maybe say out of 100% maybe say 35% filled. I'm only 16 and have noticed my floaters since last May. They don't actually dramatically increase heck I don't even know if mine increased. My ophtha appointment will be next week so yeah.
Help me! I wa sick to my stomach when I saw that ball of light because its my first time encountering that.

I am so terrified right now! I don't want a retinal detachment/tear :'(

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The retinal detachment or tear will
Be the two things your eye doctor will rule out upon your examination  the floaters in the vitreous may indeed be the " ball of light" as you describe when light reflects off of them .  Or they can come from arteriolar spasm , smoking, excessive caffeine consumption, stress , etc.  PVDs ( posterior vitreous detachment) can also cause this visual phenomena .   Let me know what you doctor says.  Good luck. Dr Berger

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DR. KENNETH BERGER

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Any and all questions with regard to ocular ailments, eye diseases as cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, etc , eye and visual sympomatology, eyeglasses, contact lenses, low or subnormal vision, pediatric vision conditions,and special and unique ailments will be discussed.

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36 years of clinical experience in opticianry and therapeutic optometry. Still in private practice with special interests in vision conditions, diagnosing and treating ocular ailments, prescibing treatment plans which include medicine, eyeglasses, and contact lenses primarily. Although surgery is not within the realm of my area of expertise, I co-manage many pre and post -op surgical cases which include Lasik and PRK procedures.

Organizations
New Jersey Society of Optometric Physicians American Optometric Association

Education/Credentials
B.A.,1968, Hunter College of the City University of New York B.S.,1970, Pennsylvania College of Optometry O.D.,1973, Pennsylvania College of Optometry Therapeutic Pharmaceutical Administration Certification, New Jersey 1992

Awards and Honors
Clinical Efficiency Award, 1973, Pennsylvaania College of Optometry

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