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How do i ignore eye floaters?

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Dr. William Goldstein
Ophthalmology 31 years experience
Time: It just takes time! if they are in the center of vision and you can't ignore them, consider a floater surgery to remove them.
Dr. Michael Ham
Ophthalmology 27 years experience
Floaters: Most common it is recommended to have an immediate exam when they first occur to rule out retinal tear or detachment. If there is only floaters, then wait a year and if they are still symptomatic then consider a vitrectomy to remove the vitreous and floaters. Typically with time, they will devolve, settle out of the way, or your brain will learn to ignore them (not notice them).

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A 45-year-old member asked:

What to do if you have floaters in your eye?

3 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Philip Rosenblum
Family Medicine 28 years experience
See an eye doctor: Most oftentimes, floaters are a benign condition, that is, not concerning or dangerous. However, there are several serious, treatable conditions to be ruled out, including a detatched or torn retina inflammatory conditions or infection, vasculitis, or even lymphoma. See an ophthalmologist to evaluate you and rule out these conditions in order to avoid permanent damage to your vision.
A 46-year-old member asked:

What are eye floaters?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
Debris in back of ey: Floaters are debris, usually from eye renewal or condensations of the vitreous gel which fills the back of the eye. If they are located in the axis of vision, they may be seen in certain circumstances as floating objects in space like flying insects. If they appear suddenly or there are many or you have light flashes associated, then see your ophthalmologist immediately.
A 47-year-old member asked:

What can I do about an eye floater?

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Dr. T Jeff Russell
Ophthalmology 35 years experience
Vitreous Floaters: A vitreous floater is due to fibers in the vitreous that coalesce and create al shadow that moves across your vision. If they have been present for awhile then just wait until they gradually move out of your vision. If they are new and/or associated with flashing lights (photopsia) then they could be associated with a retinal tear which could lead to a retinal detachment requiring an eye exam.

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