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A 26-year-old male asked:

Do floaters in your eyesight only come from retinal detachmentss? or can it also be from your body lacking vitamins or sumthing else?

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Dr. Alan Jackson
Addiction Medicine 30 years experience
Vitreous : This is from a vitreous detachment. There is no link of vitamins or nutrition with this. Patients who commonly have these are those who are very near sighted, have had any type of intraocular surgery and old age.
Dr. Andrew Dahl
Ophthalmology 55 years experience
Floaters: Most people with floaters do not have retinal detachments. Many people have some degree of floaters. The sudden onset of floaters with or without light flashes should prompt a dilated examination of the retina. There is no evidence that diet influences the extent of floaters.
Dr. Colin McCannel
Retinal Surgery 30 years experience
Sometimes for ever: Floaters in the eye have several causes. The most common cause is degeneration of the vitreous fluid. The floaters gradually get worse, and persist. Sudden increase in floaters may be caused by vitreous separation (detachment) and may associated with a retinal tear or detachment, and eye exam is advisable. In both of these situations, the floaters persist.

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