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A 30-year-old female asked:

if you have hydrocephalus and you see floaters when you cloose your eyes dovthat mean blindness?

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Dr. John Gillespie
Ophthalmology 41 years experience
Floaters : Hydrocephalus "water pressure in the ventricles can cause swelling of the optic nerve and thereby retinal swelling. Floaters doesn't mean retinal tears but can be. A retinal examination should help sort this out.
Dr. Keshav Narain
Retinal Surgery 29 years experience
Separate problems. : No, the two are unrelated. Floaters can mean retinal tear or detachment and should be checked out with a dilated retinal examination. Hydrocephalus results in papilledema or swelling of the optic nerve. The retina is not directly involved in hydrocephalus. Each of these diagnoses has it's own implications and should be dealt with individually.

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