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A 35-year-old member asked:

I've got. astigmatism in one eye as well as floaters are they related some how?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Niraj Patel
Ophthalmology 28 years experience
Floaters: Not usually, astigmatism is a refractive error resulting from the shape of your cornea (window to the eye). Floaters are typically in the back of the eye in the vitreous cavity. Floaters should be monitored by an eye care provider as these could be an early sign of retinal detachment. The risk is low but a detailed eye exam is always recommended in pts with floaters.

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I have astigmatism in one eye and floaters, are these related?

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No : Astigmatism is refractive error in which the focusing power of your eye is not completely symmetrical. Floaters are condensations of proteins in the gel of your eye (the vitreous). The 2 are not related.
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Help! I've got astigmatism in one eye as well as floaters are they related some how?

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No: These are very common, but unrelated problems. Astigmatism is when the front surface of the eye is not perfectly spherical, and floaters are small amounts of intraocular "debris" that float around in your eye.
Last updated May 28, 2014


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