I've got the long end of the story just below but I'll try to sum it up for those with brain fog hah :p. My eye symptoms began at the age of 18, I am now 24. Over the past 6 years I have gained eye symptoms one after the other. I've accumulated the following symptoms in order:
White blood cells in my eyes that I can see swimming all the time
I went to see the opthalmologist twice while suffering from all the above symptoms excluding the last symptom on the list. Everything came out completely clear in both visits. I have not reported this new symptom which is this new ability I have that allows me to see my white blood cells swimming all over my vision.
What might be going on? Thank you for any help!
Alright first a little history. Since a child and upto about the age of 18 I had eagle eye vision (you get what I mean :p). I'd pass all eye examinations with 100%, these were eye assessments we done with the nurse in my respective schools. Never once did I complain of any eye symptoms or troubles of any sort. Fast forward on the age of 18 and I began experiencing blurred vision. At first I thought nothing off it and since it wasn't too troublesome I tried to ignore it. I noticed that during bright sunny days my vision improved greatly over gloomy days so I just blamed it on the weather. Through this time up until the age of 19 my vision continued to deteriorate. I'd say I'm at 50% of my normal 100% in regards to vision strength. I went for an eye check up and got told what I knew they'd say and that was that I'd need goggles as I was short-sighted. I refused to acknowledge it because there were continuous periods where my sight would be brilliant and at other times it would be very poor. Is this normal?
At some point in this time I developed my second symptom and that was sensitivity to light accompanied with pain. Again at first it was relatively easy to deal with but with time the sensitivity of my eye in regards to light became extreme. It is now to the point where I struggle to walk into supermarkets and other shops. I had to quit my part-time job because the pain was so excruciating and during this period I had colleagues mention on several occasions that my eyes were red. I went to see an opthalmologist and when he used his 'torch' to look into my eye I forced my head back as it felt like a beam had gone through my eye, it was excruciatingly painful and my eye responded to that with a hell of a lot of eye tearing. He then used a low powered 'torch' and after his assessment said everything looked perfectly fine. At first with the light sensitivity my eyes did not turn red (the white part) and this followed for several months. I only began to take a more detailed approach when my colleagues at work made mention of it. I'm now at the point where my eyes will turn red in a matter of minutes if I stay under lighting that causes it grief.
During this time I was diagnosed with Ankylosing Spondylitis and also developed an undiagnosed bowel condition that baffles every medical expert I meet to this date. Again a little while later while trying to manage all this issues I experienced my first floater when I was having a walk. I believe they're referred to as 'squiggles'. Mine was long and thin. Eventually this increased to 3 floaters and were all transparent so I could see through them. I had another eye examination as the doctor thought I might be suffering from Uveitis which came out negative upon examination by the Opthalmologist. How relieved I was but frustrated at the same time as I have so many eye symptoms but none of it makes sense. Eventually these large floaters disappeared and instead were replaced with much smaller floaters and these move around in my vision at quick speeds. They are all over my vision and look like particles going off in all different directions without me moving my eyes. I.e if I look forward and keep my eyes focused in one place I can see them swimming/flying all over my vision.
These are transparent and are most noticeable in bright lights but can still be seen in low light. There has been a few ocassions when I've switched the lights off and am just about preparing to go to bed where I suddenly experience these flashing orange lights in the corners of each eye. This has only happened about 4 times and now for a while I have not had another episode of it. Also there are times when I'm out and about where a coloured floater (purple) will appear and this is different to the small 'particle' ones I described earlier as I am unable to see through them and it is much bigger but from what I can understand they seem to come and go.
Thank you for reading!