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A 38-year-old member asked:

how long do floaters last for?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
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 eye move very slowly and floaters can take years before they move out of view.
Dr. Harold Peltan
Ophthalmology 28 years experience
Depends: Depends on the cause of the floaters. Red blood cells from a small bleed may clear in days to months. Common vitreous floaters usually take months to years to fall down out of the visual axis. Be sure to ask your eye MD which type of floaters you have at your next visit.

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A 29-year-old member asked:

What causes floaters and are they dangerous or warning signs?

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Dr. Michael Ham
Ophthalmology 27 years experience
Vitreous detachment: Floaters are caused by the vitreous (jelly in the eye) detaching from the retina (typically a normal change in the aging eye). The vitreous clumps up or develops blurry areas within the jelly causing your floater. Yes they can be a warning sign. If when the vitreous changes, causing floaters, the retina is torn you are at risk for a retinal detachment. You should have and examination.
Dr. Richard Scartozzi
Retinal Surgery 19 years experience
New or worse floaters require a dilated retinal exam to rule out retinal tears and/or retinal detachments right away.
Jan 28, 2013
Dr. Michael Ham
Dr. Michael Ham commented
Ophthalmology 27 years experience
Provided original answer
Agree!
Jan 29, 2013
A 37-year-old member asked:

Any medicine available for anhurism(maculopathy) and floaters?

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Dr. Randall Wong
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
Depends and No: Depends upon the exact type of maculopathy, ie. What is the diagnosis? "maculopathy" is a broad term. There is no medicine for floaters, but an operation might be helpful.
A 34-year-old member asked:

How long do floaters take to disappear totally?

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Dr. Sadiqa Stelzner
Ophthalmology 28 years experience
Does not go away : Floaters in the eye are debris that remain for ever. Either they disappear from the visual axis to your blind spot or our brain is doing a good job to avoid it.
A 37-year-old member asked:

What makes floaters?

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Dr. Ilan Cohen
Ophthalmology 25 years experience
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 inside of the eye. At birth, it is relatively uniform and solid. Throughout life, it breaks down into liquid and contracts. As this process occurs, particles form in the vitreous. These particles cast shadows onto the retina which we perceive as floaters.
Dr. Michael Ham
Dr. Michael Ham commented
Ophthalmology 27 years experience
great response!
Dec 7, 2013
A 37-year-old member asked:

Are having "floaters" dangerous?

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Dr. Richard Scartozzi
Retinal Surgery 19 years experience
Yes, potentially: Having new or worse floaters and/or flashing lights could indicate a serious retinal condition like a retinal tear or retinal detachment. You must get examined, sooner rather than later, to rule this out.

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