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A 34-year-old member asked:

Docs, could a cold cause 'eye floaters'?

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Dr. Hussain Elhalis
Ophthalmology 11 years experience
Eye floaters: The cause of the cold symptoms could also be associated with causing inflammation in your eyes. Most floaters are not a concern, but some require treatment. Its best to check in with an eye doctor for a dilated exam, especially if there is any decreased vision, pain, redness or flashing lights. Good luck.

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A 16-year-old male asked:

Can stress cause floaters in both eyes. My eye docs found no other cause.

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
Stress doesn't cause: Floaters, common in older agers, is caused natural changes in the vitreous fluid in the back of the eye, accelerated by trauma and more common in myopes. Stress has no effect on this, although the appearance of floaters is sometimes stressful.
A 43-year-old member asked:

What is the main cause of eye floaters?

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Dr. Jay Bradley
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.
A 38-year-old member asked:

What causes eye floaters?

5 doctor answers10 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jack Sipperley
Ophthalmology 50 years experience
The Vitreous: The vitreous is composed of a clear liquid called hyaluronic acid and fibers called collagen. As we age the vitreous becomes less solid and the collagen fibers become more visible (synuresis). The spots you see are these collagen fiber clumps. They do not cause harm to the eye, they just get in the way. If they are very prominent and reduce visual function they can be removed with a vitrectomy.
A 33-year-old member asked:

What is the cause of eye floaters?

3 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
Eye tissue renewal: Most floaters are fragments of the normal renewal process in the back of the eye with an occasional fragment getting out of the normal clean up channels and appearing in the visual axis. This is more common with changes in the vitreous composition in older age. We get concerned when there are many floaters at once especially if accompanied by vision loss or light flashing.

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