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Do you get more eye floaters from serious eye trauma?

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Dr. David Speck
Ophthalmology 42 years experience
Possibly: Floaters come from vitreous debris or blood floating within the fluid of the interior of the eye. The more serious the injury to the eye, the more likely it will be that blood, retinal, or vitreous debris will be released within the eye. Any sudden increase in floaters should be evaluated promptly by an ophthalmologist to check for retinal detachment before the central vision is lost.
Dr. Alan Westeren
Ophthalmology 28 years experience
Yes this is possible: Vitreous floaters or more serious bleeding inside eye or retinal detachment or retinal tears or retinal holes (e.g. Macular hole) may result after injury/contusion to eye. Post-traumatic new floaters should always be examined by an ophthalmologist (eye md) who examines eye trauma patients frequently to detect vision threatening injuries and recommend frequency of future eye exams.

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A 37-year-old member asked:

Eye floaters from serious eye trauma like a fist in the eye?

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Dr. Amir Khan
Sports Medicine 27 years experience
Possible emergency: Tiny spots/ordinary eye floaters are very common and usually aren't cause for alarm. But if you see a shower of floaters and spots, sometimes accompanied by light flashes, then seek emergent care. When the retina is torn, eye’s gel-like vitreous can invade the opening and push out the retina, leading to a detachment.
A 29-year-old member asked:

What can I do about eye trauma resulting in floater?

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Dr. Jonathan Berkowitz
Emergency Medicine 18 years experience
Seek medical help: Especially if you have a visual field cut (a region of your vision in one eye that has loss of vision). Traumatic retinal detachment can occur. The most common eye injury is a corneal abrasion. Very painful, but usually not associated with floaters.
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A 17-year-old female asked:

Are eye floaters a serious problem?

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Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
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Ophthalmology 26 years experience
No not at your age: Normal aging changes of the eye unless you see a curtain of them streaming down obscuring your vision. Then that's an EMC situation.
A 42-year-old member asked:

Why do we get eye floaters?

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Dr. Willa Terry
Pediatrics 32 years experience
Age related change: The vitreous (connective tissue of the eye) becomes more liquid in people who are nearsighted or during the process of aging - then eye floaters may develop. It can also be a sign of retinal detachment, which need immediate medical attention, .

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