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A 17-year-old female asked:

Are eye floaters a serious problem?

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Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
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.
Dr. Hien Tran
Pediatrics 15 years experience
Depends : It really depends on the cause of the floaters. If u only have one or two and they have always been there, I wouldn't worry about it. If u have lots of them, if they r new or if they r trauma related than u need to see an eye doctor to have it checked out

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A 17-year-old female asked:

Are eye floaters serious problems, and do they go away on there own.

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Jon Fishburn
Ophthalmology 30 years experience
Vitreous floaters: Floaters are generally age specific changes in the eye's viscous fluids in the compartment behind the iris. Occasionally floaters arise from diseases or trauma that may require medical and or surgical treatment. Therefore, depending on the problem, a surgical treatment to resolve the problem often eliminates the floaters. Otherwise, the floaters will remain without unnecessary evacuation.
A 47-year-old member asked:

Do you get more eye floaters from serious eye trauma?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
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.
A 34-year-old member asked:

How are serious cases of eye floaters treated?

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Dr. Willa Terry
Pediatrics 32 years experience
It depends: If the floaters are because of retinal detachment, then laser surgery to repair the retinal performed by an ophthalmologist is necessary emergent surgery.
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 31-year-old member asked:

I'm wondering are eye floaters a big problem?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Matthew Goren
Ophthalmology 32 years experience
Maybe: Maybe not. You need an exam by an ophthalmologist to make sure they are benign floaters and not something associated with a bigger oroblem.

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