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Does Any Of The Floaters Look Like Flying Insects
Lightning bolts: Patients describe them differently: flash bulbs like from a camera, lightning bolts, arcs of light, etc. ...Read more
Different: Problem is that floaters can come in clusters and in different sizes and shapes. Makes it hard to say what one looks like. There are some good simulations on youtube, but they only represent one person's interpretation. The appearance thus varies and can change over time as well. Also, a great idea to get your eyes examined if you have floaters. ...Read more
I've started seeing things move in my peripheral vision. Not floaters, looks more like an insect or small animal. What could be causing this?
Vitreous changes: Vitreous changes most likely (if cannot see something in mirror moving if look at eye in mirror or feel it). Very rarely a nematode can be found moving in vitreous so get exam with eyeMD ...Read more
I was told a very small retinal hole is "asymptomatic". Can retinal holes look like floaters? My floaters show up more against monochromatic b/r.
Can be serious: Retinal holes do not look like floaters, though they can be associated. The most common cause of floaters is degeneration of the vitreous fluid. The floaters gradually get worse, and persist. 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. ...Read more
I have eye floaters. They are like tiny bugs and spider nets and move up and down, left and right. I can also see them with my eyes closed.is it normal?
Can anyone explain me how u see flashes of lights i only see eye floaters not flashes of light how it can be visible? Wat they look like?
Mostly older folks: Most flashes of light originating within the eye are due to the semi-fluid vitreous fluid jiggling the underlying retina. The retina has no nerves of pain, motion, pressure, etc. It can only register a light signal and will do so under this stimulus. It appears usually as a streak of light peripherally. Since this can also occur with retinal detachment, it is useful to see an ophthalmologist. ...Read more
I'm 23 and I have noticed floaters in my left eye and constant flashing of lights in my peripheral vision when I'm outside. It's almost looks like a million gnats flying around. Thoughts?
See eye doctor: You need an urgent dilated retinal examination if this is a new or worse floater. ...Read more
I have recently developed a lot of clear floaters, but they seem to change all the time, I feel like i never see the same one twice. Should I worry?
I keep getting a black dot in my vision and sometimes it's a black fuzz like a light and I have been getting floaters a lot lately?
Ophthalmologist: See one to rule out a retinal tear. ...Read more
Is there any symptomatic difference between retinal tears and detachments? Like are rrd almost always involves both increased flashes and floaters?
Retinal tears may be non-symptomatic or have the three signs of retinal detachment, lightning flashes, shower of black spots and field loss or curtain in field of vision which are retinal detachment signs.
You can have retinal detachment and retinal tears without symptoms, however, most of these symptoms are associated with retinal detachment.
See retinal specialist ophthalmologist for exam. ...Read more
Shadows: Floaters are the shadows cast onto the retina by particles in the vitreous humor. The vitreous is a gel-like substance that takes up most of the inside of the eye. At birth, it is relatively uniform and solid. Throughout life, it breaks down into liquid and contracts. As this process occurs, particles form in the vitreous. These particles cast shadows onto the retina which we perceive as floaters. ...Read more
Floaters: There is no good answer to this question. As we age, so does the vitreous gel in the eye. As it deteriorates, little pieces of the vitreous cast a shadow on the retina which is what you actually are seeing when you see a floater. People who are highly nearsighted tend to develop floaters earlier in life and they tend to be more bothersome. With the sudden onset of new floaters, call you eye md. ...Read more
No, but they can: Sink or settle down below your visual axis, so it's not so bothersome. Since it occurs from changes associated with the eye as we age, it's a normal process, and not to be of much concern unless you are seeing a whole curtain of floaters occurring obstructing your vision. That would be a sign of a retinal tear. ...Read more
Floaters: Are basically opacities that float around in the vitreous jelly that fills the back of our eyes. They typically occur in adults with aging and develop when the vitreous separates from the retina. Floaters can vary in size and shape so they may vary from eye to eye. Floaters also can occasionally be caused by blood in the vitreous. If you recently developed floaters, then see your eye doctor. ...Read more
No: Floaters in the eye have several causes. The most common cause is degeneration of the vitreous fluid. The floaters gradually get worse, and persist. Sudden increase in floaters may be caused by vitreous separation (detachment) and may associated with a retinal tear or detachment, and eye exam is advisable. In both of these situations, the floaters persist. ...Read more
Not necessarily: Floaters are very common, especially in people who are nearsighted or myopic. You need to be concerned about a retinal tear or even a retinal detachment if you have a sudden shower of floaters, see a flashing light, or have a curtain or veil come over your vision. If you have any of these symptoms you need to see an eye md asap. ...Read more
Vitreous detachment: Floaters are caused by the vitreous (jelly in the eye) detaching from the retina (typically a normal change in the aging eye). The vitreous clumps up or develops blurry areas within the jelly causing your floater. Yes they can be a warning sign. If when the vitreous changes, causing floaters, the retina is torn you are at risk for a retinal detachment. You should have and examination. ...Read more
Translucent floaters: Large floaters that appear as a small circle or some other geometric shape usually represent the pulling away from the back of the eye of the posterior part of the vitreous gel and is called posterior vitreous detachment, not to be confused with retinal detachment. However, if this occurs suddenly with or without flashing lights, you should be evaluated by your eye md. ...Read more
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