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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.
Dr. Michael Ham
Ophthalmology 27 years experience
Can happen: It sounds as if you have had a posterior vitreous detachment. This is a situation where the vitreous(jelly) of the eye detaches (not a retinal detachment), it then "crumples" up leaving dots, spots, strands of blurry vitreous; i.e. The "floater". You should have an exam to ensure the incident did not tear the retina, which could lead to a retinal detachment. Wait one year then consider surgery.

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A 47-year-old member asked:

Do you get more eye floaters from serious eye trauma?

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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.
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A 17-year-old female asked:

Are eye floaters a serious problem?

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Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
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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.

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