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Can you tell me the difference between eye floaters and entoptic phenomena?

Can you tell me the difference between eye floaters and entoptic phenomena?

Normal v. abnormal: Entoptic phenomena are patterns and sensations which are part of the normal visual system which is not perfect. Floaters are objects introduced into the visual axis which can be seen in certain light circumstances. While floaters are not usually harmful, they can be annoying and may be a first sign of a problem. Consult with your ophthalmologist to sort these out. ...Read more

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Dr. Richard Scartozzi
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Eye Floaters (Definition)

Eye floaters is a symptom caused by deposits in the transparent fluid inside the eyeball. The deposits casts shadows on the retina and produced the illusion of things ...Read more


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What's the difference between eye floaters and entoptic phenomena?

What's the difference between eye floaters and entoptic phenomena?

Different cause: Floaters are debris suspended in the vitreous which can be seen in the proper light if they are near the central visual axis. Entoptic phenomena are natural and interesting objects in the visual view - the most common being the "flying corpuscle" view of your actual blood vessels in the center of the back of the eye. They are not pathologic. ...Read more

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Please help! what is the difference between eye floaters and entoptic phenomena ?

Please help! what is the difference between eye floaters and entoptic phenomena ?

Entoptic=(internal-: Optical) entoptic phenomenon are any optical images that are generated internally from within the eye. These are usually due to traction on the retina, movement of cells in the fine retinal and choroidal vessels, and movements of debris and particles within the vitreous. So one type of entoptic phenomenon is a floater. If you are experiencing such symptoms, get a retinal exam. ...Read more

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Can opthamologists tell the difference between hyaline cendensation and vitreous bodies and eye floaters w/dilated eye exam? Same prognosis for both?

Can opthamologists tell the difference between hyaline cendensation and vitreous bodies and eye floaters w/dilated eye exam? Same prognosis for both?

A dilated exam can: Differentiate between a vitreous floater, vitreous detachment and hyaloid opacification. The etiology (cause) for these entities can vary and thus patient history is important. The prognosis can also be variable depending upon the diagnosis and cause of each entity listed. For example, hyaloid pathology could be secondary to inflammation and carries a different set of issues. A good dilated is rec. ...Read more

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What is the difference between scotomas and eye floaters?

What is the difference between scotomas and eye floaters?

Scotomas are blind: spots. This becomes important if the blind spot increases in size, and this can be determined best with visual fields screening, as it can point to other causes that may not be known by just dilated fundoscopic exam alone. So, thanks for asking an important question, and glad you got a retinal exam, as your doctor must have given you a diagnosis, and prognosis. ...Read more

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Can you tell me more about eye floaters?

Can you tell me more about eye floaters?

PVD: Pvd: posterior vitreous detachment. The gel inside your eyes, vitreous, has partially liquefied, pulls away from the retina which lines the back of your eye. This is a normal with aging. This causes floaters. The only concern is if it begins to pull on the retina ; tears it. Retinal tears can lead to retinal detachment ; blindness. Go to your doctor immediately if you have symptoms. ...Read more

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Can you tell me the eye floaters that i see when i stare at stuff. Whenever i try to look at them they move away. What are they?

Can you tell me the eye floaters that i see when i stare at stuff. Whenever i try to look at them they move away. What are they?

Vitreous changes : The back part of the eye is filled with a fluid called vitreous. This changes consistency with age and is the main cause of floaters. ...Read more

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Please tell me if there is a way to get rid of eye floaters?

Please tell me if there is a way to get rid of eye floaters?

Floater removal can: Be accomplishes in one of two methods. The less invasive method is through yag laser removal that can be performed in office. This works best for solitary small or medium sized floaters. The alternative is a surgical vitrectomy where we surgically remove the vitreous gel and thus the floaters. This is a surgical procedure though and carries the normal inherent risks of any ocular surgery. ...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

Dr. Keshav Narain
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Floaters (Definition)

Floaters are transparent shapes that can sometimes seen floating in the visual field and are due to deposits in the fluid of the eye. They can be normal or ...Read more