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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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Eyes dilated Tuesday (was seeing floaters/flashers; exam normal) and 2day noticed a red/yellow bump in the pink part of inner eye, any idea what is?

Eyes dilated Tuesday (was seeing floaters/flashers; exam normal) and 2day noticed a red/yellow bump in the pink part of inner eye, any idea what is?

Pinguecula: It may be a sun damage area of conjunctiva that is called Pinguecula. You may had it but you may be came more aware of it now. Please wear sun glasses that have both UV A and B coatings. Pinguecula can get irritated and inflamed then it becomes more red and visible. ...Read more

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Can rubbing the eyes white area make floaters worse?

Can rubbing the eyes white area make floaters worse?

Alteration position: Rubbing the eyes may shift the position of pre-existing floaters a bit although they will reposition themselves in between. Unless the rubbing is so vigorous that you induce further floaters, this will not change the basic pattern you are experiencing. If you see many new floaters, or flashing lights or the vision changes, see your ophthalmologist without delay. ...Read more

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I have been rubbing my eyes for months due to poorly fitted contact lenses. Could this have caused floaters?

I have been rubbing my eyes for months due to poorly fitted contact lenses. Could this have caused floaters?

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

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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Opth says eye rubbing didn't cause floaters but some websites including healthtap say otherwise. Who to believe?

Opth says eye rubbing didn't cause floaters but some websites including healthtap say otherwise. Who to believe?

Vitreous debris: Most commonly floaters are caused by an infolding of the vitreous humor, aka a posterior vitreous detachment. Other causes can be infection and vitreous hemorrhage. New floaters (or flashing lights) always demands an urgent dilated retinal exam. A veil or curtain in your visual field is an ocular emergency and may be a retinal detachment. Floaters can be benign or very serious. See an eyemd. ...Read more

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I seen floaters in my eyes before but now that I'm pregnant they are worse? What is this?

I seen floaters in my eyes before but now that I'm pregnant they are worse? What is this?

Floaters / pregnancy: There is no direct association between the development of floaters and being pregnant. The onset of new floaters in the early 30's is not unusual and has to do with changes that occur in the vitreous gel of the eye (clear fluid in the center). When proteins clump in the vitreous due to natural age related changes, small particles form. If large enough and in the right location, floaters appear. ...Read more

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Can shampoo in the eyes cause retinal damage or other serious harm? My floaters seemed worse, and my vision "bright, " after shampoo got in my eyes.

Can shampoo in the eyes cause retinal damage or other serious harm? My floaters seemed worse, and my vision "bright, " after shampoo got in my eyes.

No: Getting shampoo in the eye can cause a to of irritation and burning. However it will not affect the inside of the eye. Also the brightness should not be affected. ...Read more

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Colored spots in vision that's worse when anxious increased floaters and pulsating vision when I cough? Have had EEG MRI CT blood work had eyes exam.

Colored spots in vision that's worse when anxious increased floaters and pulsating vision when I cough? Have had EEG MRI CT blood work had eyes exam.

Visual disturbance: You are likely forcing the doctors to do a multimillion dollar work up for an anxiety disorder since you have no organic pathology on any tests. Please consider consulting a mental health specialist specializing in treatment of depression, anxiety and Somatization disorder. Why are you on depakote? there is no condition listed to explain your meds. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Eye floaters, vision slightly worsening, over 1-2 years?

Eye floaters, vision slightly worsening, over 1-2 years?

Probably nothing: Sounds like typical floaters due to the normal liquifying of the vitreous gel. But go to ophthalmologist to rule out rarer stuff. ...Read more

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Why are my eye floaters getting bigger and worse?

Why are my eye floaters getting bigger and worse?

See opthalmologist: Age and inflammation can commonly casuse the gel-like fluid (vitreous) in the eye to liquefy and detach leading to loose floaters. More than 50% of 80 year olds will have a vitreous detachment. 40 % of people with posterior vitreous detachments who also experience light flashes can have a 15% chance of developing a retinal tear. Therefore see an opthalomologist immediately. ...Read more

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When I rub my eye is see a circle of light. Is this normal? I do have floaters and have been worried that I have seen some light flashes but not sur

When I rub my eye is see a circle of light. Is this normal? I do have floaters and have been worried that I have seen some light flashes but not sur

Yes, but: Don't rub your eyes! Here, rubbing the eyes sends a pressure wave through your eye back to your retina which then mechanically stimulates the photoreceptors of the retina to send a signal of a light flash or circle of flashes back to the brain. So you seem to "see" the circle of light that is actually not there. Same pressure wave can also tear weak parts of retina or scratch surface of the eye. ...Read more

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Since I started wearing glasses, my eye floaters got worse. Is there something wrong with me?

Since I started wearing glasses, my eye floaters got worse. Is there something wrong with me?

Not related: Worsening of eye floaters is not related to glasses. You should see an ophthalmologist to determine why you have worsening eye floaters. Most of the time, eye floaters are due to benign changes in the vitreous, the jelly in the center of your eye, but occasionally, floaters are due a serious eye problem. Only a thorough exam can determine this. ...Read more

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What exactly are eye floaters? Can they cast off large shadows? Been having floaters and now it seems like there getting worse and casting shadows.

What exactly are eye floaters? Can they cast off large shadows? Been having floaters and now it seems like there getting worse and casting shadows.

If new, need exam: Floaters in the eye have several causes. The most common cause is degeneration of the vitreous fluid. The floaters gradually get worse, and persist; these are degenerative fosters. Sudden increase in floaters may be caused by vitreous separation (detachment) and may associated with a retinal tear or detachment, and an urgent eye exam is advisable; these are acute floaters. ...Read more

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Dr. Richard Scartozzi
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Eye Floaters (Definition)

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