A 37-year-old female asked:
Can lifting heavy objects cause eye floaters?
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Ophthalmology 33 years experience
No: Vitreous separation ; traction on the retina causes retinal tears-causing vitreous floaters ; hazy vision. Untreated, these tears allow fluid to flow behind the retina amd it falls off the back of your eye-like wallpaper coming off a wall. This causes a veil in your side vision then painless central vision loss. Lifting or straining does not cause these problems. Hitting your head can.
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Ophthalmology 29 years experience
Lifting heavy: Objects without good breathing techniques can increase thoracic cavity pressure to extremely high levels. This can pose an increased risk of vitreous detachment.
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A 43-year-old member asked:
What is the main cause of eye floaters?
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LASIK Surgery 18 years experience
Floaters: Floaters are thickenings in the vitreous jelly inside the eye. They are common with age, myopia, inflammation, trauma, and other issues. They are benign and do not damage your vision. Rarely, they can cause retinal tears which may require laser treatment. Otherwise, no treatment is needed. In very rare cases, the floaters can become dense enough to block vision and may need surgical removal.
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Last updated Apr 30, 2019
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