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Could straining your eyes to focus cause vitreous floaters?

Could straining your eyes to focus cause vitreous floaters?

No: Floaters have many possible causes and new ones should prompt you to call an ophthalmologist for an appointment. ...Read more

Dr. Keshav Narain
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Floaters (Definition)

Floater = 0ptical debris in vitreous body or lens that appears as a spot ...Read more


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Can eye strain from excessive computer time at work prematurely age eyes and cause eye floaters?

Can eye strain from excessive computer time at work prematurely age eyes and cause eye floaters?

No: The clear gel that fills eyeball is normally attached to all parts of the inside of the eye. As we get older it can become more liquid (watery) and detaches from the back of the retina causing flashes & floaters. This can indicate a retinal tear. As the retina detaches, change or loss in your side vision is the next symptom. Computer unrelated. U should see your eye doctor to check the retina. ...Read more

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Can extreme straining or vomiting cause vitreous hemorrhage of eye and floaters?

Can extreme straining or vomiting cause vitreous hemorrhage of eye and floaters?

Yes: It sounds as if you have had a posterior vitreous detachment. 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". This also can tear blood vessel. You should have an exam to ensure the incident did not tear the retina, which could lead to a retinal detachment. ...Read more

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Could this be a case of eye strain if more floaters all of a sudden?

Could this be a case of eye strain if more floaters all of a sudden?

No: Eye strain can cause visual blurring, discomfort and redness. Floaters are internal and not caused by eyestrain. If you have many all at once, and especially if accompanied by light flashes or changes in vision, you should see an ophthalmologist as quick as possible. ...Read more

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Do you know what causes floaters in your eyes?

Do you know what causes floaters in your eyes?

Syneresis: Is the name of the process of breakdown of the jelly in the eye. This occurs as the eye ages. As it does, pockets of liquid form within the jelly. The formerly invisible jelly now becomes visible. This makes the floaters you see. Uncommonly, floaters are caused by an infection or bleeding in the eye. People with new floaters should get a prompt eye exam. ...Read more

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What could cause spots and floaters in my eyes?

What could cause spots and floaters in my eyes?

The Vitreous: The vitreous is composed of a clear liquid called hyaluronic acid and fibers called collagen. As we age the vitreous becomes less solid and the collagen fibers become more visible (synuresis). The spots you see are these collagen fiber clumps. They do not cause harm to the eye, they just get in the way. If they are very prominent and reduce visual function they can be removed with a vitrectomy. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Could lasik surgery cause eye floaters?

Could lasik surgery cause eye floaters?

Unlikely from LASIK: Floaters are caused by clumping or debris in the vitreous jelly of the eye. Most near sighted individuals and inidviduals over 50 see floaters at some point in their life. Any type of trauma can exacerbate floaters and if the lasik surgery was 'traumatic' the floaters in the jelly may be noticed or worsened. ...Read more

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Can having high blood sugar cause eye floaters?

Can having high blood sugar cause eye floaters?

Possibly: Floaters are usually a natural condition that occurs as the gel that fills the back of the eye forms cracks over time. High blood sugar can lead to damage, abnormal blood vessel growth, and breaks in the small blood vessels in the back of the eye, which can in turn cause bleeding in the eye. You may experience this as floaters. An eye doctor can quickly determine the cause of your floaters. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could lasik surgery cause eye floaters?

Please tell me, could lasik surgery cause eye floaters?

Intraocular surgery: May increase the risk of developing a vitreous floater. Lasik is not invasive to the globe but due to mild compression of the eye during surgery, the vitreous gel after being mildly compressed and decompressed, can form a vitreous floater. These are normally benign. One study in the journal of cataract ; refract surgery (2011) reported a 16% incidence. ...Read more

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Can over wearing contact lenses cause floaters in the eye?

Can over wearing contact lenses cause floaters in the eye?

No: "floaters" refer to opaque areas of the vitreous in the back of the eye. ...Read more

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Can bouts of crying over a period of several months cause eye floaters?

Can bouts of crying over a period of several months cause eye floaters?

No: Not related.
Vitreous floaters are most often thin strands of connective tissue in the vitreous jelly in the back of your eye. They may be visible when they float in front of your line of sight. Uncommonly, blood, pigment, or immune cells can be floaters.
See your eye md to make sure all is well.
Hope you feel better soon. ...Read more

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Can stress cause floaters in both eyes. My eye docs found no other cause.

Can stress cause floaters in both eyes. My eye docs found no other cause.

Stress doesn't cause: Floaters, common in older agers, is caused natural changes in the vitreous fluid in the back of the eye, accelerated by trauma and more common in myopes. Stress has no effect on this, although the appearance of floaters is sometimes stressful. ...Read more

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What would cause a 16 year old to get floaters in both eyes? Both eye docs say my eyes like look healthy and fine.

Floaters: Floaters can sometimes be visual migraines. If two ophthamologists say your retinas are fine, I wouldn't be concerned. Follow up with them again in 6 months for check. ...Read more

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What are some not serious causes of ghosting around bright objects at night? I have health anxiety and eye floaters.

What are some not serious causes of ghosting around bright objects at night? I have health anxiety and eye floaters.

Refractive error: I'd say the most common and benign reason for ghosting/halos/glare/blur/ starring is a refractive error (nearsighted, astigmatism, farsighted). Dry eyes, corneal irregularities, and corneal scars, retinal abnormalities could be other causes. Floater are likely not the cause & are not visible at night. An examination by an eye MD would elucidate the cause. ...Read more

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How common are eye floaters in people under 40? Can physical over-exertion, rubbing eyes or swimming goggles be causes?

Not uncommon!: Floaters are opacities within the vitreous gel in the eye. Things that accelerate the degeneration of the gel beside age include trauma (including eye rubbing). ...Read more

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20//20 vision, no trauma or inflammation ever, tested by indirect opthalmoscope thrice, docs say perfect eyes, what can be the cause of floaters?

Benign floaters: Most of the time the cause of benign floaters is unknown. Be assured that your floaters are merely a nuisance in view of your normal findings by your ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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Noticing eye floaters three months after surgery under general anesthesia. Can drugs used for anesthesia cause eye problems such as floaters?

Noticing eye floaters three months after surgery under general anesthesia. Can drugs used for anesthesia cause eye problems such as floaters?

No: Commonly used drugs for anesthesia do not directly cause eye floaters. You should see an eye doctor as soon as possible if you notice a sudden increase in floaters, eye pain, changes in vision. ...Read more

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I'm 16. Suddenly got floaters in both eyes. Eye doc says its fine. What could cause this, like could there be underlying causes that she couldn't see?

I'm 16. Suddenly got floaters in both eyes. Eye doc says its fine. What could cause this, like could there be underlying causes that she couldn't see?

Probably not floater: At your age, bilateral true floaters would be extremely unusual. More likely you are seeing entoptics also known as flying corpuscles. These are a normal viewing of the blood circulation in your eyes and should appear the same in each eye. If your vision is fine and there is no history of trauma or inherited disease, then this is the explanation. Otherwise see an ophthalmologist for 2nd opinio ...Read more

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Could getting off anti anxiety meds cause you to see floaters? It's mainly in r eye. Not a shower of them but a consistent few. Are floaters dangerous

Could getting off anti anxiety meds cause you to see floaters? It's mainly in r eye. Not a shower of them but a consistent few. Are floaters dangerous

Anxiety meds: If you stop benzodiazepines too fast it can produce what may seem like neurological symptoms. Recommend you talk with your prescribing doc, who can advise you on safe very slow taper if needed. ...Read more

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What can cause me to get floaters in my eyes?

What can cause me to get floaters in my eyes?

Visualizing small: Opaque or translucent objects in your vision can be indicative of vitreous floaters. This is a consolidation of the vitreous gel, composed of water & protein, that has detached itself from the retinal inner lining and now is floating above the retina. One can see the shadow of the floater cast upon the retina. If you are experiencing a new floater please see your retina specialist. ...Read more

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What can have caused me to get floaters in my eyes?

Just natural age: Related changes that occur naturally in the vitreous humor of the eye can result in floaters. It is true that floaters are themselves harmless and cast shadows on the retina. It is also true that a person who develops new floaters should be examined for the presence of retinal tears and possibly even a detachment. These can occur in the eye as a result of the same process that caused the floater. ...Read more

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What causes eye floaters?

What causes eye floaters?

The Vitreous: The vitreous is composed of a clear liquid called hyaluronic acid and fibers called collagen. As we age the vitreous becomes less solid and the collagen fibers become more visible (synuresis). The spots you see are these collagen fiber clumps. They do not cause harm to the eye, they just get in the way. If they are very prominent and reduce visual function they can be removed with a vitrectomy. ...Read more

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What are the causes of eye floaters?

What are the causes of eye floaters?

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 is the main cause of eye floaters?

What is the main cause of eye floaters?

Floaters cause: Floaters arise when the vitreous gel inside the eye liquefies naturally with age and sometimes earlier in life due to trauma, inflammation, or even high myopia. The floaters may consist of protein precipitates. Though the vitreous gel inside the eye is clear, it is composed of a complex matrix of collagen proteins that undergo changes. New floaters should be examined under dilation. ...Read more

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What are the causes of eye floaters in a 23yo female doesn't happen all the time?

What are the causes of eye floaters in a 23yo female doesn't happen all the time?

Have your eyes: Examined and make sure there is nothing significant going on. However, floaters are very common, they are little tissue remnants. They are annoying, but we just live with them. You get used to them over time. You urgently need to see an eye doctor if your vision is impaired by them, if you notice flashes of light in your peripheral vision or you have pain with your floaters. ...Read more

Dr. Richard Scartozzi
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Eye Floaters (Definition)

Are spots you notice visually that may vary in shape & are ...Read more