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Dr. John Chiu
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Allergies (Definition)

Allergies occur when your immune system is triggered by envirionmental factors it should ignore--for example, pollen in the air, or dander on a cat or dog--and creates cells to fight against them. An allergic reaction typically causes itching, congestion, or drainage, and ...Read more


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Eye floaters and seasonal allergies? I only get them when pollen allergies set in. Is it normal?

Allergy eyes: I'm not sure exactly what you mean by "floaters", but my patients sometimes do report changes in their vision when their allergies are active. As long as whatever symptom you have is only mildly annoying and is temporary, there's probably no need to worry. But if your eyes get very painful or your vision is really not clear, you might want to see an eye doctor.

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Had eye exam 3 months ago everything was fine, last few weeks experiencing lot of floaters especially on a computer can vision change quickly or can this be due allergies or something else?

Had eye exam 3 months ago everything was fine, last few weeks experiencing lot of floaters especially on a computer can vision change quickly or can this be due allergies or something else?

Update on floaters: Most floaters in the vision as you described are benign & not of concern except as a nuisance. However, if increasing or associated with flashes of light or any dark patches such as a "curtain" then evaluation by your eye MD is needed for risks of retinal damage. If symptoms are worsening, time can be of the essence. Also, dehydration or eye rubbing can contribute to the symptoms so avoid these.

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Am I'm seeing floaters? Been a wk, everyday but not all day. Only 1 of them. Like dust or eyelash. Eye doc said inside eyes are fine. Said have eye allergys

Am I'm seeing floaters? Been a wk, everyday but not all day. Only 1 of them. Like dust or eyelash. Eye doc said inside eyes are fine. Said have eye allergys

No: Eye floaters are an annoying chronic problem. There is no specific treatment for them. If you notice a sudden increase in the number of floaters this can be a sign of retinal detachment and must be evaluated immediately.

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Can Flonase cause a floater in your eye? . Or is allergies more likely the cause of it? . I've just started having issues with allergies this year.

Can Flonase cause a floater in your eye? . Or is allergies more likely the cause of it? . I've just started having issues with allergies this year.

Not expected: A few small floaters may be ok but if you are noticing new ones popping up or large ones coming on, you need to call your eye doctor immediately. Allergy per se is not associated with floaters and unless you have overdosed on Flonase, systemic effect is not expected. If you have high myopia and are noticing floaters, an eye exam is also called for ASAP.

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Feeling like eye floater & mild burning in eye. It gets better when I wash eyes with cold water. Is this inflammation, allergy, infect, or floater.

Feeling like eye floater & mild burning in eye. It gets better when I wash eyes with cold water. Is this inflammation, allergy, infect, or floater.

Burning vs itchiness: Burning is usually due to drying out of the tear film (ie, dry eye, meibomian gland dysfunction, chemical exposure); allergies usually cause itchiness. Viral infections usually cause severe itchiness; bacterial infections cause severe yellowish/green discharge. Floaters are the black objects many see when looking at a white background. If in doubt, see your eyemd. Eyedoc2020.Blogspot. Com may help.

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Eye pain, eye floater 24x7, doctors says retina is good/ok? Very little myopia? From last 4months started after/as a allergy from ENT medication?

Eye pain, eye floater 24x7, doctors says retina is good/ok? Very little myopia? From last 4months started after/as a allergy from ENT medication?

Unlikely.: There is no association between your ear symptoms and your floaters. Ocular pain is not a feature of floaters. The symptoms you are experiencing are unrelated to each other.

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How do I ignore eye floaters?

How do I ignore eye floaters?

Floaters: Most common it is recommended to have an immediate exam when they first occur to rule out retinal tear or detachment. If there is only floaters, then wait a year and if they are still symptomatic then consider a vitrectomy to remove the vitreous and floaters. Typically with time, they will devolve, settle out of the way, or your brain will learn to ignore them (not notice them).

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What is done for eye floaters?

Observation: Most floaters are benign and can be annoying but not dangerous. A few, especially of recent onset can be a clue to underlying retinal problems like detachment and bleeding. If your floaters are new, see your ophthalmologist for diagnosis.

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What makes eye floaters worse?

What makes eye floaters worse?

Eye floaters: Typically floaters are composed of protein pre-cipitates in the vitreous. These arise naturally with age, but can occur early due to certain conditions in which the vitreous is abnormal. Violent agitation of the vitreous is one way that floaters may arise and seem worse. Injection of medication in the eye for conditions like macular degeneration is also a cause.

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Is it bad to have eye floaters?

Is it bad to have eye floaters?

Usually innocent: Vitreous floaters commonly develop as the eye ages, a process called vitreous syneresis. However, if floaters abruptly occur with/without light flashes, an examination is important to rule out any underlying problems with the retina. Floaters may also arise from intraocular hemorrhage orinflammation. Sometimes migraine auras are perceived as floaters, but are actually due to cerebral blood flow ch

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What is the cause of eye floaters?

What is the cause of eye floaters?

Aging, mostly: Most of the time floaters appear as a natural consequence of getting older, like seeing the first wrinkle in your forehead. If, however you see floaters that weren't there before, or if you have flashes of light in the periphery of your vision, it's best to get checked out asap by an eye md (ophthalmologist) to rule out retinal tears, which can lead to (vision-threatening) retinal detachments.

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Could eye floaters be different colours?

Could eye floaters be different colours?

No: They are just bits of the vitreous humour gel that is clear in nature and has no color.

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Are there any ways to treat eye floaters?

Are there any ways to treat eye floaters?

Floaters & Treatment: Although they are a nuisance and bad in that way, floaters are little more than an annoyance for most people. They result from natural changes that occur in the vitreous gel of the eye. Most important is that new floaters or flashes deserve to be looked at by an eye specialist as well. Treatment is limited to laser vitreolysis or vitrectomy, both of which have pro's and con's.

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How are serious cases of eye floaters treated?

Vitrectomy: Most retinal specialist will not do vitrectomy for floaters because there can be risks. However if it is to the point of severely limiting your day to day function or severely affecting your quality of life, vitrectomy may improve your symptoms.

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Is it common for teenagers to have eye floaters?

Unusual: Floaters that are benign mostly appear in older age groups related to changes in the character of the vitreous fluids in the back of the eye. In teenagers, floaters are quite uncommon and should be a cause, if new, for an evaluation by your ophthalmologist as soon as possible.

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Could it be something bad if I have eye floaters?

Possibly: Floaters are caused by the gel in the back of the eye breaking into smaller pieces that become visible in bright lighting. New floaters or an increased number of floaters should be evaluated as they can also be mimicked by retinal tears or detachments. See an eye doctor as soon as possible.

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