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A 30-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me more about eye floaters?

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Dr. Bruce Saran
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
PVD: Pvd: posterior vitreous detachment. The gel inside your eyes, vitreous, has partially liquefied, pulls away from the retina which lines the back of your eye. This is a normal with aging. This causes floaters. The only concern is if it begins to pull on the retina ; tears it. Retinal tears can lead to retinal detachment ; blindness. Go to your doctor immediately if you have symptoms.

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A 41-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me when should I be concerened over eye floaters?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Richard Scartozzi
Retinal Surgery 19 years experience
YES!: New or worse eye floaters require an urgent dilated retinal examination.
A 35-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me is an eye surgery for floaters risky?

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Dr. Jennifer Lee
Obstetrics and Gynecology 21 years experience
Yes: It is usually not recommended. You should see an ophthalmologist.
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A 45-year-old member asked:

What to do if you have floaters in your eye?

3 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Philip Rosenblum
Family Medicine 28 years experience
See an eye doctor: Most oftentimes, floaters are a benign condition, that is, not concerning or dangerous. However, there are several serious, treatable conditions to be ruled out, including a detatched or torn retina inflammatory conditions or infection, vasculitis, or even lymphoma. See an ophthalmologist to evaluate you and rule out these conditions in order to avoid permanent damage to your vision.
A 46-year-old member asked:

What are eye floaters?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
Debris in back of ey: Floaters are debris, usually from eye renewal or condensations of the vitreous gel which fills the back of the eye. If they are located in the axis of vision, they may be seen in certain circumstances as floating objects in space like flying insects. If they appear suddenly or there are many or you have light flashes associated, then see your ophthalmologist immediately.
A 47-year-old member asked:

What can I do about an eye floater?

4 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. T Jeff Russell
Ophthalmology 35 years experience
Vitreous Floaters: A vitreous floater is due to fibers in the vitreous that coalesce and create al shadow that moves across your vision. If they have been present for awhile then just wait until they gradually move out of your vision. If they are new and/or associated with flashing lights (photopsia) then they could be associated with a retinal tear which could lead to a retinal detachment requiring an eye exam.

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