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A 20-year-old male asked:

I've been having these things called eye floaters for more than 5 months. i see a lot of them,especially on bright areas such as the sky or a bright light. can i go blind from the eye floaters? do they go away naturally or do i have to get treatment?

3 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. John Rhoades
Family Medicine 49 years experience
Below: Symptoms of eye floaters may include: •Spots in your vision that appear as dark specks or knobby, transparent strings of floating material •Spots that move when you move your eyes, so when you try to look at them, they move quickly out of your visual field •Spots that are most noticeable when you look at a plain bright background, such as a blue sky or a white wall •Spots that eventually settle down and drift out of the line of vision When to see a doctor Contact an eye specialist promptly if you notice: •Many more eye floaters than usual •A sudden onset of new floaters •Flashes of light •Darkness on the sides of your vision (peripheral vision loss) These painless symptoms could be caused by a retinal tear, with or without a retinal detachment — a sight-threatening condition that requires immediate attention.
Dr. Zachary Veres
Family Medicine 19 years experience
Eye floaters: can't go blind from eye floaters, you do need an eye exam though to look at the posterior part of your eye.
Dr. Charles Howard
Ophthalmology 46 years experience
Floaters, detachEd: You should have a good eye exam by an ophthalmologist as this could be a sign of a retinal detachment , or just floaters.
Last updated Oct 19, 2018

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