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Is it normal to see many eye floaters?

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Dr. Randall Wong
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
No: Most people do not see floaters, hence, it is not normal. New floaters must be examined and might be a sign of a retinal tear. A retinal tear can become a retinal detachment, a potentially blinding situation.
Dr. Bernard Godley
Retinal Surgery 32 years experience
Vitreous Floaters: The back part of the eye is filled with clear jelly-like substance called vitreous. As it begins to liquefy over time, some of the fibers and debris become visible, particularly against a white background. New floaters and a change in your normal pattern of floaters can be a sign a of retinal damage or a pvd. You should get checked by an ophthalmologist.
Dr. Michael Ham
Ophthalmology 27 years experience
Floaters: 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.

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