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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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Dr. Keshav Narain
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Floaters (Definition)

Floater = 0ptical debris in vitreous body or lens that appears as a spot in ...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 doesnt happen all the time?

What are the causes of eye floaters in a 23yo female doesnt 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

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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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How does glaucoma cause eye floaters?

How does glaucoma cause eye floaters?

It does not cause it: Just like within the body there are many parts, although one organ, the eye is very similar with many parts as well. Where floaters occur in the eye is separate from the area where the effects of glaucoma occur, which is the optic nerve. Floaters are typically black spots that appear real like gnats in front of you. Vision loss from glaucoma is like dark patches in vision that don't go away. ...Read more

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Docs, could a cold cause 'eye floaters'?

Docs, could a cold cause 'eye floaters'?

Eye floaters: The cause of the cold symptoms could also be associated with causing inflammation in your eyes. Most floaters are not a concern, but some require treatment. Its best to check in with an eye doctor for a dilated exam, especially if there is any decreased vision, pain, redness or flashing lights. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can lifting heavy objects cause eye floaters?

Can lifting heavy objects cause eye floaters?

No: Vitreous separation ; traction on the retina causes retinal tears-causing vitreous floaters ; hazy vision. Untreated, these tears allow fluid to flow behind the retina amd it falls off the back of your eye-like wallpaper coming off a wall. This causes a veil in your side vision then painless central vision loss. Lifting or straining does not cause these problems. Hitting your head can. ...Read more

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Are there any drugs or dietary habits that causes eye floaters?

Are there any drugs or dietary habits that causes eye floaters?

Floaters: Neither are effective. Floaters are due to a degenerative change that takes place in the vitreous fluid with aging. ...Read more

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Can physical over exertion via exercise or losing one's temper cause eye floaters?

Can physical over exertion via exercise or losing one's temper cause eye floaters?

No: No, but the incident or cause of floaters is 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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Can watching TV, looking at LCD monitors or mobile LCD cause eye floaters? What about the very bright lights? Anything to help improving eye floaters?

No: Other than surgery, nothing can get rid of floaters. And surgery just to remove floaters is rarely done but it does involve risks. If you have a sudden onset of new floaters, you need a dilated eye exam. ...Read more

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Can looking at a laptop for too long cause eye floaters?

Can looking at a laptop for too long cause eye floaters?

No: But the contrast of the monitor can bring out your pre-existing floaters and make them more obvious. If your floaters are truly new, however, you must get a dilated retinal exam. Looking at a laptop too long can cause worse dry eye since your blink rate during computer work is less. ...Read more

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Can sleeping face down routinely and favoring one side cause eye floaters?

Can sleeping face down routinely and favoring one side cause eye floaters?

No: Not a cause for floaters. Get seen if you have any sudden increase in floaters. ...Read more

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Can a lattice degeneration by itself (and not associated with any tear or hole) cause or worsen eye floaters?

Can a lattice degeneration by itself (and not associated with any tear or hole) cause or worsen eye floaters?

Lattice degeneration: Hi. Lattice degeneration is not due to the floaters. Rather, lattice occurs in areas where the retina and vitreous come together "more strongly" than other areas. The retina in these areas can be thinner, sometimes with holes, tears, or even retinal detachment. Increase in floaters or flashes means that the vitreous in your eye is changing; may be tugging on the retina. See an ophthalmologist ...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

Dr. Richard Scartozzi
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Eye Floaters (Definition)

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