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I have a black football shaped shadow in my vision.  I can not see through it and it covers about 40% of my vision.  I immediately went to my eye doctor because I have had a detached retina in my other eye and thought this was the same thing happening again.

After a thorough exam I was told that it is not a detached retina and he thinks that it will clear up on its own but does want to see me in five weeks for a check up.

Do you have any suggestions on what this might be and can I do anything in the meantime to help clear it up.  I also see little pinwheels of light around it.

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So long as there's no retinal detachment or retinal tear it is most likely a posterior vitreous detachment or vitreous floaters if it's extremely annoying to you you can have it lasered by a procedure: vitreolysis .speak to your ophthalmologist about the procedure   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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