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How do you live with eye floaters?

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Dr. Bruce Saran
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
Time: Most symptoms from floaters will diminish to a tolerable level with time. Patients will notice them in certain lighting situations or activities. Vitrectomy surgery markedly increases the risk of cataract formation and the small but real risk of retinal tear and detachment. Surgery is only indicated if floaters are severely diminishing your ability to perform activities of daily living.
Dr. Jon Fishburn
Ophthalmology 30 years experience
You just do, unless?: Floaters commonly and gradually develop over ones' life. They may be a nuisance, but adaptation to them is the norm. Unless a sudden occurrence of floaters with erratic light flashes &/or dark curtain blocking part of vision, then floaters are observed. If you do experience the above, then seek an eye md for evaluation.

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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.
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.
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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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