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What are eye floaters?

What are eye floaters?

Debris in back of ey: Floaters are debris, usually from eye renewal or condensations of the vitreous gel which fills the back of the eye. If they are located in the axis of vision, they may be seen in certain circumstances as floating objects in space like flying insects. If they appear suddenly or there are many or you have light flashes associated, then see your ophthalmologist immediately. ...Read more

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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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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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Why do eye floaters exist?

Why do eye floaters exist?

Floaters: The vitreous degenerates with normal aging. Floaters/ debris occurs as it turns from a formed, to a fluid state. You should ideally be examined by an ophthalmologist or a retinal specialist when you have new floaters. ...Read more

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Why do we get eye floaters?

Why do we get eye floaters?

Age related change: The vitreous (connective tissue of the eye) becomes more liquid in people who are nearsighted or during the process of aging - then eye floaters may develop. It can also be a sign of retinal detachment, which need immediate medical attention, . ...Read more

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Will my eye floaters go away?

Not likely: Eye floaters r little pieces of solidified fluid that the eye globe is filled with (vitreous fluid). When they form, they float around and you will only be aware of them when they float in front of that part of the retina (optic nerve) that is the focus of light that allows us to see. They generally don't go away, and once u know what they are, may not be too bothersome. C eye doc annually. ...Read more

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How do I ignore eye floaters?

How do I ignore eye floaters?

Floaters: Most common it is recommended to have an immediate exam when they first occur to rule out retinal tear or detachment. If there is only floaters, then wait a year and if they are still symptomatic then consider a vitrectomy to remove the vitreous and floaters. Typically with time, they will devolve, settle out of the way, or your brain will learn to ignore them (not notice them). ...Read more

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What is done for eye floaters?

Dr. J Sebag Dr. Sebag
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What is done for eye floaters?

Vitrectomy Surgery: Irb-approved studies have shown that minimally-invasive vitrectomy under local anesthesia in an ambulatory surgery center can be performed in 5 to 10 minutes, heal in 1 to 2 weeks, and permanently cure floaters without complications [no infection, glaucoma, hemorhhage, retinal tears or detachments in 75 consecutive cases].
Sebag j: am j ophthalmol 152:3-4, 2011; am j ophthalmol 152:1077, 2011. ...Read more

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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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Is it bad to have eye floaters?

Is it bad to have eye floaters?

Usually innocent: Vitreous floaters commonly develop as the eye ages, a process called vitreous syneresis. However, if floaters abruptly occur with/without light flashes, an examination is important to rule out any underlying problems with the retina. Floaters may also arise from intraocular hemorrhage orinflammation. Sometimes migraine auras are perceived as floaters, but are actually due to cerebral blood flow ch ...Read more

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Could everyone have eye floaters?

Could everyone have eye floaters?

See below: To some extent, everyone has eye floaters. New or worse eye floaters, flashing lights, and/or loss of peripheral vision require an urgent dilated retinal exam however. ...Read more

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How do you live with eye floaters?

How do you live with eye floaters?

You just do, unless?: Floaters commonly and gradually develop over ones' life. They may be a nuisance, but adaptation to them is the norm. Unless a sudden occurrence of floaters with erratic light flashes &/or dark curtain blocking part of vision, then floaters are observed. If you do experience the above, then seek an eye md for evaluation. ...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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Are eye floaters a serious problem?

Are eye floaters a serious problem?

No not at your age: Normal aging changes of the eye unless you see a curtain of them streaming down obscuring your vision. Then that's an EMC situation. ...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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Is it possible to clear eye floaters?

Is it possible to clear eye floaters?

Yes: Typical they will clear or the symptoms will dissipate with time. If not you can consider surgery called a vitrectomy. Discuss this option with your eye specialist / retina surgeon. ...Read more

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Is it normal to see many eye floaters?

Is it normal to see many eye floaters?

Vitreous Floaters: The back part of the eye is filled with clear jelly-like substance called vitreous. As it begins to liquefy over time, some of the fibers and debris become visible, particularly against a white background. New floaters and a change in your normal pattern of floaters can be a sign a of retinal damage or a pvd. You should get checked by an ophthalmologist. ...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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Should I be worried about eye floaters?

Should I be worried about eye floaters?

Usually no: Floaters are usually due to changes in the vitreous (gel like protein inside eye) due to protein changes that forms clumps. If you have a burst of new floaters, flashings, or a curtain coming over your vision, see eyeMD asap: otherwise most floaters are normal or due to a PVD (posterior vitreous detachement: that rarely leads to a retinal hole/tear/detachment. More info: eyedoc2020@blogspot. Com ...Read more

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Could eye floaters be different colours?

Could eye floaters be different colours?

No: They are just bits of the vitreous humour gel that is clear in nature and has no color. ...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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How can I best take care of eye floaters?

How can I best take care of eye floaters?

Time: Most symptoms from floaters will diminish to a tolerable level with time. Patients will notice them in certain lighting situations or activities. Vitrectomy surgery markedly increases the risk of cataract formation and the small but real risk of retinal tear and detachment. Surgery is only indicated if floaters are severely diminishing your ability to perform activities of daily living. ...Read more

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Are there any ways to treat eye floaters?

Are there any ways to treat eye floaters?

Floaters & Treatment: Although they are a nuisance and bad in that way, floaters are little more than an annoyance for most people. They result from natural changes that occur in the vitreous gel of the eye. Most important is that new floaters or flashes deserve to be looked at by an eye specialist as well. Treatment is limited to laser vitreolysis or vitrectomy, both of which have pro's and con's. ...Read more

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I only see eye floaters when im outside?

I only see eye floaters when im outside?

Bright light: Floaters don't come and go. Sometimes the ambient light is brighter and enables you to perceive them. An eye evaluation is advisable. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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How can you minimize seeing eye floaters?

Floaters: Floaters are most easily seen on a clear day against a clear background. They are less visible in dim light or on a cloudy day. Sunglasses may help. There is no medicine or eye drop to get rid of floaters, and surgery is not recommended. Most floaters will improve with time. ...Read more

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How many people (%) experience eye floaters?

100%: Sooner or later, we all get this due to degeneration of the vitreos gel. If it occurs suddenly, especially with flashes, see ophthalmologist promptly. ...Read more

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How do I treat eye floaters naturopathically?

Easily: Since there is no actual treatment for floaters, then naturopathic remedies, offering no treatment anyway, can be used with no risk. If you have had the sudden onset of floaters you need your eyes evaluated by an ophthalmologist who can rule out any serious problem and discuss the prognosis of the floaters with you. ...Read more

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I'm wondering are eye floaters a big problem?

I'm wondering are eye floaters a big problem?

Maybe: Maybe not. You need an exam by an ophthalmologist to make sure they are benign floaters and not something associated with a bigger oroblem. ...Read more

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What does it mean if I'm seeing eye floaters?

What does it mean if I'm seeing eye floaters?

Floaters: Are very common in adults. They are typically caused by aging changes of the vitreous jelly that fills the back of our eyes. When this degeneration occurs, small pockets of liquid develop and the jelly pulls away from the retina (the lining of the back of the eye). A small piece of tissue gets pulled away (the floater). If this has developed recently, see your eye doctor to rule out problems. ...Read more

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How are serious cases of eye floaters treated?

Vitrectomy: Most retinal specialist will not do vitrectomy for floaters because there can be risks. However if it is to the point of severely limiting your day to day function or severely affecting your quality of life, vitrectomy may improve your symptoms. ...Read more

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Does anyone know how to reduce my eye floaters?

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Does anyone know how to reduce my eye floaters?

No quick cure: There is no quick cure for floaters. It is very important with the new onset of floaters or if you suddenly experience flashes of light, you must contact a doctor immediately. See you doctor if you have decreaed vision with floaters.
Over time your brain will slowly learn to filter out the appearence of floaters. You may always notice floaters in certain lighting conditions. ...Read more

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Is it common for teenagers to have eye floaters?

Unusual: Floaters that are benign mostly appear in older age groups related to changes in the character of the vitreous fluids in the back of the eye. In teenagers, floaters are quite uncommon and should be a cause, if new, for an evaluation by your ophthalmologist as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Could it be something bad if I have eye floaters?

Possibly: Floaters are caused by the gel in the back of the eye breaking into smaller pieces that become visible in bright lighting. New floaters or an increased number of floaters should be evaluated as they can also be mimicked by retinal tears or detachments. See an eye doctor as soon as possible. ...Read more

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What makes eye floaters to become more disturbing?

What makes eye floaters to become more disturbing?

Age, inflammation: Age and inflammation/infection can commonly casuse the gel-like fluid (vitreous) in the eye to liquefy and break apart 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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What are some probable reasons for my eye floaters?

What are some probable reasons for my eye floaters?

Vitreous floater: You most probably have a vitreous floater. 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 your "dirt" floater. This can also reult in a retinal tear or detachment you should see your eye doctor to check the retina for this or hemorrhage (blood). ...Read more

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Is having a lot of eye floaters potentially harmful?

Is having a lot of eye floaters potentially harmful?

Yes, potentially.: When lots of floaters appear, they may be associated with a retinal tear. The tear can evolve into a detachment which is harmful to vision. The actual floaters are made of proteins and are generally not directly harmful. On occasion they interfere with vision. ...Read more

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Is it possible for one to get eye floaters from pain?

Is it possible for one to get eye floaters from pain?

1/: No. Floaters do not cause pain. However, you should see your ophthalmologist for this, as it is a signal that you may have a tear in your retinal, which may require treatment with a laser. ...Read more

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What kind of medication can you take for eye floaters?

What kind of medication can you take for eye floaters?

None I'm aware of.: Floaters are these small concretions that float about the vitreous fluid of the globe of the eye; they are quite common, some people are not aware they have them, but there are times quite noticeable when they float in front of the macula or the area of the retina where sight is focused. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Eye floaters?

What is the definition or description of: Eye floaters?

Eye floaters: Are spots you notice visually that may vary in shape & are usually gray or black. ...Read more

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Are eye floaters normal for teenagers from time to time?

Not Unusual: The odds of it being serious are not high, but a good ophthalmologic exam is advisable to confirm. ...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