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A 31-year-old member asked:

can someone explain to me what floaters in the eye means?

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Dr. Jay Bradley
LASIK Surgery 18 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.
Dr. Keshav Narain
Retinal Surgery 29 years experience
Floaters : Floaters arise when the vitreous gel inside the eye liquefies naturally with age and sometimes due to trauma, inflammation, or even high myopia. The floaters may consist of protein precipitates. Though the vitreous gel inside the eye is clear, it is composed of a complex matrix of collagen proteins that undergo changes. Lastly, get an exam to make sure that there are no tears in the retina.

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A 43-year-old member asked:

What are the treatments for floaters in the eye?

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Dr. Allen Fein
Specializes in Family Medicine
Floaters are a Pain: While floaters may be a true aggravation, they are not something that your eye physician will get too concerned about, after checking for retinal tears. Floaters commonly occur in people with myopia -see well close up, but poorly for objects far away. When they first appear, they are more annoying, especially while reading, as they dance repeatedly back and forth in the same area of one's vision.
A 35-year-old member asked:

How to treat floaters in the eye?

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Dr. Luis Villaplana
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
THERE IS NO: Specific treatment. Protection and prevention play a role, but floaters will happen.
A 31-year-old member asked:

What are the treatments for floaters in the eye at 40?

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Dr. Richard Ohnmacht
Pediatrics 35 years experience
Nothing: I am not aware of any available treatments.
A 36-year-old male asked:

I know floaters cannot be completely cured. What are some dietary recommendations to significantly improve eye health and minimize floater symptoms?

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Dr. Keshav Narain
Retinal Surgery 29 years experience
Floaters arise as we: Age and are a natural consequence of liquefaction of the vitreous gel. They are harmless but annoying. They can occur in diabetes as hemorrhages or inflammation. Maintaining a healthy diet in general can reduce risk of getting diabetes, but there is no special food that dissolves the floaters.
A 41-year-old member asked:

How long do floaters in the eye last ?

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Dr. Hamid Sajjadi
Ophthalmology 40 years experience
Almost always: Normal floaters that are result of shadow of vitreous detached collagen fibers last a lifetime and are not important after a dilated exam rules out retinal tears. If the floaters are from uveitis or inflammation they can go away with treatment. Must see your ophthalmologist.

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