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A 39-year-old member asked:

Help! i've got astigmatism in one eye as well as floaters are they related some how?

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Dr. Tim Conrad
Ophthalmology 35 years experience
No: These are very common, but unrelated problems. Astigmatism is when the front surface of the eye is not perfectly spherical, and floaters are small amounts of intraocular "debris" that float around in your eye.
Dr. Colin McCannel
Retinal Surgery 31 years experience
No: Floaters in the eye have several causes, but not astigmatism. 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 an eye exam is advisable.

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A 35-year-old member asked:

I've got. astigmatism in one eye as well as floaters are they related some how?

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Dr. Niraj Patel
Ophthalmology 28 years experience
Floaters: Not usually, astigmatism is a refractive error resulting from the shape of your cornea (window to the eye). Floaters are typically in the back of the eye in the vitreous cavity. Floaters should be monitored by an eye care provider as these could be an early sign of retinal detachment. The risk is low but a detailed eye exam is always recommended in pts with floaters.

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