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Dr. Tim Conrad Dr. Conrad
Ophthalmology
30 years in practice
Duke University School of Medicine
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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


Dr. Eric Shrier Dr. Shrier
Ophthalmology
19 years in practice
Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans
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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.

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Dr. Willa Terry Dr. Terry
Pediatrics
28 years in practice
Baylor College of Medicine
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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, .

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Dr. Jan Lei Iwata Dr. Iwata
Ophthalmology
22 years in practice
Midwestern University Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine
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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.

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Dr. Michael Ham Dr. Ham
Ophthalmology
23 years in practice
University of Nebraska College of Medicine
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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.

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Dr. Keshav Narain Dr. Narain
Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery
25 years in practice
George Washington University Medical School
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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.

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Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers Dr. Cremers
Ophthalmology
21 years in practice
Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
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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

Dr. Roy Arnold Dr. Arnold
Internal Medicine
43 years in practice
University of Alabama School of Medicine
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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!

Dr. Edward Burney Dr. Burney
Ophthalmology
39 years in practice
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
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What do I do if I have so many eye floaters?

What do I do if I have so many eye floaters?

Floaters in eue: Get exam by eye doc to rule out a retinal tear or hole

Dr. Richard Bensinger Dr. Bensinger
Ophthalmology
48 years in practice
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
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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.

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Dr. Matthew Goren Dr. Goren
Ophthalmology
28 years in practice
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Amir Khan Dr. Khan
Sports Medicine
23 years in practice
Tufts University School of Medicine
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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.

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Dr. Bruce Saran Dr. Saran
Ophthalmology
29 years in practice
University at Buffalo, The State University of New York School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences
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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).

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Dr. Keshav Narain Dr. Narain
Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery
25 years in practice
George Washington University Medical School
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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.

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Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Avi Bitton Dr. Bitton
Ophthalmology
38 years in practice
State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine
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Are eye floaters normal for teenagers from time to time?

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.

Dr. Jeffrey Davis Dr. Davis
Ophthalmology
12 years in practice
Florida International University College of Medicine
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Is there any risk in having eye floaters your whole life?

Yes, but small: Eye floaters are generally a common part of the aging process. Rarely, a floater may indicate an eye problem. New floaters or changes in your floaters should prompt an evaluation with your eye doctor.

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Dr. Richard Bensinger Dr. Bensinger
Ophthalmology
48 years in practice
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
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Is it possible for everyone to have eye floaters but not know it?

Sometimes: To see floaters they must be in the central visual axis and the vision must be good enough for them to be viewed. A poorly sighted eye may have floaters but they will not be seen. And many floaters occur out of the visual axis and can be seen by your ophthalmologist but you will not notice them.

Dr. Elizabeth Wallen Dr. Wallen
Pediatrics
31 years in practice
The Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine
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What are the causes of eye floaters in a 23yo female doesn't happen all the time?

What are the causes of eye floaters in a 23yo female doesn't 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.

Dr. Ronald Krauser Dr. Krauser
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
48 years in practice
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
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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