Seeing Temporary Black Spot in My Vision

Updated on January 20, 2012
O.L. asks from Long Beach, CA
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Hi Ladies.

SO, this may sound really strange. It does to me...

But, on two separate occasions after being intimate with my husband, I was laying in bed afterwards and noticing that I was seeing a black floater from right eye (I couldn't see the full TV picture, read full words with both eyes, etc). It's hard to describe, so please forgive the lack of medical knowledge. Anyway, it was short-term, meaning it resolved by the time I had gotten up in the morning. It has only happened twice and it's started both times following intimacy. I am going to talk with my doctor about it. But, I'm wondering if anyone else has had something like that. I didn't notice any other significant symptoms. My sinuses may have been bugging me a bit, but nothing else. I do also have to mention that I have astigmatism in both eyes. I'm not sure if this may have anything to do with it.


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answers from Dallas on

That happens right before I have a migraine. It is always scary, but it does wear off after some time. I get them when I am pregnant or stressed out! Good luck!

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answers from Honolulu on

You need to see an eye doctor.
Not an Optometrist... but an Ophthalmologist.

My Husband, had that. He needed eye surgery.
In his case.
It was, little holes on the periphery of his retina etc.
Forget the technical name of it, sorry.

Anyway, you need to see a proper eye doctor.

"Floaters" can occur because of MANY reasons.
Eye pressure too etc.
My Husband, when he had his, had to be careful of doing things that exerted too much pressure... ie: carrying heavy things etc.

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answers from Detroit on

It could be a migraine (although mine look like lightning bolts) or it could be your retina detaching or something called "floaters." I have one now since my dd stood up quickly when I was looking over at her over the side of a chair. Yes, go to the ophthalmologist this week to get the specific diagnosis.

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answers from San Francisco on

It is probably an ocular migraine. I get them and it seems like I have a hole in my vision. It goes away with rest. The spot does not move around in my case, I can only see around the edge of the hole.
You should get it checked out tomorrow. Floaters and flashes can also be a signs of a detached retina which is a serious condition. It is probably a migraine, but best to have the doctor look at your eyes. I would start with your regular dr, unless you have an eye dr. that can see you on short notice.
Good luck.

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answers from Charlotte on

You do need to see your eye doctor about this. On prom night I got up at 3:00 am to pick up a group of kids (plus mine) from the school after-prom party, and for 20 minutes, one of my eyes was blurry and I couldn't un-blur it. I happened to have my yearly appointment the next week, and I talked to my eye doctor about it. After the exam, she said that she thought it was a migraine in my eye. She might have had a name for it, I forget, but she told me that if it happened again, it would be important for me to call her. THAT part, I remember.

So, go get seen. The astigmatism has nothing to do with it.

Good luck!

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answers from Jacksonville on

I actually have these occasionally. In fact there are times before I go to sleep, I go completely blind in one eye. It comes back almost immediately, but for a while every thing has either a bluish or reddish tint to it. Everytime I have an eye exam I tell the doc about it. But no one ever seems to know what it is, and no one seems particularly worried about it.

I have been told that it is Ocular Migraines but mostly they were guessing. Floaters can be caused by pressure too. So maybe since you were focused...umm...on other may not have been aware that you were putting pressure on your eyes. Or if your sinuses are clogged that could be applying pressure too, especially if you were on your back.

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answers from Atlanta on

I only ever get that black spot that blocks off my vision right before I get a bad migraine. I hate seeing the spot because I know that one is coming. Do you get a headache or migraine following it? Otherwise, I'm not sure. I would try immediately drinking water and/or closing your eyes for a bit.

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answers from Los Angeles on

Believe it or not "floater" is the correct medical term for what you're describing! :) Nobody knows exactly why they occur and there's no treatment for them. You're lucky if most of the time you're not aware of it. I think the coincidence of when you noticed it is just that - a coincidence, however if your doctor finds a link between being intimate and floaters please share it with the rest of us! :) Hopefully it will never be more than a minor irritation. Good luck!

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answers from Las Vegas on

OMG...I have something similar that just started this week! The best way for me to describe mine is as if I was wearing a pair of glasses that are scratched or smeared in the bottom, center of my left eye. Also, sort of like having a lingering flash from a camera or looking in a light. Started mid day with nothing out of the ordinary happening when it started. It's better at some times of the day, but more noticeable at others. I went to the optometrist, who noticed nothing during my exam and had no guesses to what it could be. Gave me a referral to opthamalogist, but not sure if I want to go? I was trying to figure out if it had anything to do with my eyelashes, or even a piece of glitter from my eyeliner, lol. I really am hoping it just goes away, but am nervous because I am pregnant and don't want anything serious right now!

There is no pain associated, but it is annoying to have a blur in my vision. I'm looking forward to seeing if you get a real answer!



answers from Los Angeles on

I don't think this is what it is, but you want to eliminate the possibility that it is multiple sclerosis. Sometimes the first sign is going blind in one eye temporarily (although it usually takes longer for sight to come back). I don't want to scare you, but just urge you to be proactive in following up with a doctor, as there are several things that can be done.



answers from Texarkana on

I got floaters in my eyes when I was pregnant. Thank God it was just floaters (caused by tiny holes in the retina, if I remember right.) High blood pressure can also cause you to have floaters, so my ob-gyn had to see me and make sure I was not developing hypertension with the pregnancy (I never had high blood pressure, my floaters were harmless.) But, after saying all that, you need to see an eye dr to find out the reason you are having these episodes. Good luck!


answers from Chicago on

I get floaters regularly. After a couple of visits to the opthamologist, I've learned that I have vitreous degeneration (where the gel in your eye starts to liquify). Originally, they thought it was an occular migraine. But after more testing, they could see the issues with the vitreous humor.

There's nothing that can be done to treat it, and it doesn't mean you're going blind or anything...that's just what happens.

The one thing my doctor did tell me (was just there on Monday), is that if it ever seems like a "black curtain" has fallen over my eye and I can't see, to go to the ER immediately. It's a detached retina.

Otherwise, the floaters are normal and just part of aging. Joy!

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