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What makes floaters?

What makes floaters?

Shadows: Floaters are the shadows cast onto the retina by particles in the vitreous humor. The vitreous is a gel-like substance that takes up most of the inside of the eye. At birth, it is relatively uniform and solid. Throughout life, it breaks down into liquid and contracts. As this process occurs, particles form in the vitreous. These particles cast shadows onto the retina which we perceive as floaters. ...Read more

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Are having "floaters" dangerous?

Yes, potentially: Having new or worse floaters and/or flashing lights could indicate a serious retinal condition like a retinal tear or retinal detachment. You must get examined, sooner rather than later, to rule this out. ...Read more

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Can there be 2 kinds of floaters?

Can there be 2 kinds of floaters?

Floaters: Are basically opacities that float around in the vitreous jelly that fills the back of our eyes. They typically occur in adults with aging and develop when the vitreous separates from the retina. Floaters can vary in size and shape so they may vary from eye to eye. Floaters also can occasionally be caused by blood in the vitreous. If you recently developed floaters, then see your eye doctor. ...Read more

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What causes floaters? Thyroid?

What causes floaters? Thyroid?

Floaters: A posterior vitreous detachment causes floaters. This is a situation where the vitreous(jelly) of the eye detaches (not a retinal detachment), it then "crumples" up leaving dots, spots, strands of blurry vitreous; i.e. The "floater". You should have an exam to ensure the incident did not tear the retina, which could lead to a retinal detachment. Wait one year then consider surgery. ...Read more

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What causes floaters in the eyes ?

What causes floaters in the eyes
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They are shadows: A shadow is created when light hits anything floating inside your eye. You see this shadow as a floater. Floaters are most often benign, but can possibly be serious. You should have a complete eye exam from an eye md. ...Read more

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Why am i constantly seeing floaters in eyes nowadays?

Why am i constantly seeing floaters in eyes nowadays?

Natural process: 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. ...Read more

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What's an eye floater?

What's an eye floater?

Liquefied vitreous: The gel (vitreous) that fills in side of you eye liquefies, usually in our 50/60's, but can occur earlier in eyes that are near sighted or after an injury. New floaters warrant an exam to rule out a retinal detachment or hemorrhage ...Read more

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I have a floater in my eye, what causes those?

Vitreous aging: Floaters are due to more dense areas in the vitreous humor, a gelatinous substance in the eye behind the lens and anterior to the retina. These changes can occur as an age related phenomenon. Sometimes floaters can be associated with retinal abnormalities. Go and get a dilated eye exam. ...Read more

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How long do floaters last for?

Depends: Depends on the cause of the floaters. Red blood cells from a small bleed may clear in days to months. Common vitreous floaters usually take months to years to fall down out of the visual axis. Be sure to ask your eye MD which type of floaters you have at your next visit. ...Read more

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What can be done for a floater?

What can be done for a floater?

Surgery and floaters: Vitrectomy works for bad floaters. Although it carries risks, it is associated with reasonably good outcomes to get rid of floaters. The reality is that most floaters are not serious enough to warrant a vitrectomy. Of the floaters that I have seen that are truly serious, most are associated with some other disease process like diabetes. Yag laser lysis is the other way. ...Read more

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