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what does the floaters look like

A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Scartozzi
18 years experience Retinal Surgery
Lightning bolts: Patients describe them differently: flash bulbs like from a camera, lightning bolts, arcs of light, etc.

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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tim Conrad
33 years experience Ophthalmology
They are: Tiny dots and lines that are dark to translucent and move with your eye.
Dr. Keshav Narain
28 years experience Retinal Surgery
Different: Problem is that floaters can come in clusters and in different sizes and shapes. Makes it hard to say what one looks like. There are some good simul ... Read More
A 61-year-old male asked:
Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
40 years experience Internal Medicine
Variable: The inflammation after surgery will subside over 2-3 weeks. However, some floaters can remain indefinitely. Your ophthalmologist can give you more det ... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Keshav Narain
28 years experience Retinal Surgery
Asymptomatic=: No symptoms. Holes may evolve into detachment. They are generally less serious than retinal tears. Floaters on the other hand occur as the vitreous ... Read More
A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ali Zaidi
Dr. Ali Zaidi answered
15 years experience Ophthalmology
Vitreous issues: The eye is full of material called vitreous. When we are young, this vitreous is a solid gel. As we age, it liquefies starting in the center. Bits ... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew Goren
31 years experience Ophthalmology
No, but...: New onset of floaters requires a visit to your ophthalmologist to make sure you are not developing a retinal tear. The floaters can absolutely look d ... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Philip Schwarzman
46 years experience Emergency Medicine
Ophthalmologist: See one to rule out a retinal tear.
A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Pierre Guibor
54 years experience Ophthalmology
Retinal Detachment: Retinal tears may be non-symptomatic or have the three signs of retinal detachment, lightning flashes, shower of black spots and field loss or curtain ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ilan Cohen
24 years experience Ophthalmology
Shadows: Floaters are the shadows cast onto the retina by particles in the vitreous humor. The vitreous is a gel-like substance that takes up most of the insid ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Bensinger
51 years experience Ophthalmology
Many years: These are particles in the vitreous gel at the back of the eye and can be seen if they are in the direct visual axis. The fluids in the back of the ... Read More

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