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Lately I've noticed that sometimes when I'm looking at something, nothing in particular, that I see splotches of faded color. Sometimes the colors are yellow and sometimes they are green. I could be looking at anything when I noticed it, and when I look away the colors are still there. This does not accompany a headache or any other physical problem I'm aware of, I don't have a medical history of any problems. I just find it strange that this occurs sometimes and randomly over the years. The colors are splotchy, wide spread or at times smaller and faded. I just wondered if anyone could shed some light on this, or have you experienced the same thing? It's just a very odd thing. Thanks for your time if you've read this.

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replied July 2nd, 2009
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The splotches you see are probably eye floaters, or different shapes like specks, strands, webs or other, moving through your vision field.
They are more prominent when looking at a plain background, like a blank wall or blue sky.
Usually, they are nothing to worry about, and appear as a normal part of aging process.
Sometimes, their presence can indicate more serious condition as retinal detachment.
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replied August 5th, 2010
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I've just had that happen to me. Once 4 months ago, and now a week ago. I'll be sitting, talking to someone and gradually I'll see a small patch of color, almost electric-like, out of both eyes in the same place, say the left side. The colors become more intense around the edges accompanied by some splotchiness in my direct field of vision. It lasts about 10-15 minutes, as the colors gradually fade. My Dr. said I should get my eyes checked right away, but I am without health insurance at the moment, while I continue my education.

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replied August 29th, 2012
This happens to me on a regular basis every single day.
But I can control the colors I see and the shape it is.
I don't have any physical problems and no bad
Medical history suggesting there is something wrong
With me or my eyes. So yea, this happens about once
Every couple hours for me. I could be talking to my girlfriend
And a color will fade in around her, like over her shoulder
Or next to her and I can control the color itself and
The shape in which it's in. I play hockey and it happens there
As well but I'm so used to it it doesn't bother me anymore.
I'm 18 and this has been happening ever since I was 5.
So in my opinion it's nothing to be worried about

Brendon V.
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