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A 16-year-old male asked:

How does ms cause floaters in the eye?

4 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Matthew Goren
33 years experience
It doesnt: MS will not cause true floaters. Although people with MS can have floaters like anyone else.
Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 53 years experience
It doesn't: MS can cause several eye and visual problems, but classic floaters are not due to MS, even if you suffer pars planitis.
Dr. William Conte
Specializes in Neurology
Yes: MS can cause a variety of optic symptoms. Most commonly it can cause optic neuritis which is painful when you move your eyes and can change vision. It is not uncommon to have "floaters" although floaters can also be indicative of a different eye abnormality so you should see an eye doctor to rule out other causes.
Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 53 years experience
No, it does not: Floaters within the eye are not caused by MS, but visual loss and scotomata can be due to this disorder. If you have visual difficulties, see an ophthalmologist.

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A 43-year-old member asked:

What is the main cause of eye floaters?

3 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jay Bradley
Cornea, Cataract, & Refractive (LASIK & PRK) Surgery 19 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 51 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 53 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.
Last updated Sep 29, 2017


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