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Why do eye floaters exist?

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Dr. Eric Shrier
Ophthalmology 23 years experience
Floaters: The vitreous degenerates with normal aging. Floaters/ debris occurs as it turns from a formed, to a fluid state. You should ideally be examined by an ophthalmologist or a retinal specialist when you have new floaters.
Dr. Keshav Narain
Retinal Surgery 29 years experience
Natural aging : It is a consequence of protein particles drifting within the vitreous fluid of our eye. They are common and harmless most of the time. If new or associated with other symptoms like flashes, the eye should be examined for retinal problems.

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What to do if you have floaters in your eye?

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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.
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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.
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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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