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I have 2 eye floaters. One stays still while the other long one moves and changes shape constantly. Also, mild pain. They both appeared suddenly.

I have 2 eye floaters. One stays still while the other long one moves and changes shape constantly. Also, mild pain. They both appeared suddenly.

Eye floaters: The fact that one moves and the other does not makes me think the non moving one is NOT a floater. You need an eye doctor to examine your eyes esp the retina in the back of the eye. Good luck. Stupid question but any chance you got a small spot of mascara on the cornea of your eye like when changing contact lenses? Have seen that before. Please see eye doctor. ...Read more

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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White haze see-through like appearance moves in opposite direction, when I move my eyes and then goes away. Not floaters. Have lattice & high myopic?

White haze see-through like appearance moves in opposite direction, when I move my eyes and then goes away. Not floaters. Have lattice & high myopic?

Depends: High myopes can have the vitreous detach early in life. As the vitreous detaches, some patients can actually see the back of the vitreous moving in the eye as the eye moves from side to side. This can often times appear like a haze, screen, gauze, cheese cloth, etc. A dilated retina exam will help look for any associated retinal holes or tears. ...Read more

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Pinpoint black floater in eye that comes and goes and moves when I move my eye. Normal? Worrysome?

Pinpoint black floater in eye that comes and goes and moves when I move my eye. Normal? Worrysome?

VERY common: NOT to worry ... Floaters do "come and go" lets hope your floater goes away on its own! TRY TO AVOID THINKING about it! See an OPTHAMOLOGIST for an OFFICIAL opinion!

Hope this helps!
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There is a small round floater around the size of the head of a pin needle in scrotum. It is not attached to anything just moves around. Is it cancer?

There is a small round floater around the size of the head of a pin needle in scrotum. It is not attached to anything just moves around. Is it cancer?

Unlikely: Testicular cancer is usually felt as a large testicle that is hard and not painful.

Something that floats in the scrotum is most likely veins (varicocele)
however please consult with your general doctor for a good exam. ...Read more

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Is it unusual to have floaters in your eyes in your 30s?

Is it unusual to have floaters in your eyes in your 30s?

Part of aging: Floaters are a consequence of protein particles drifting within the vitreous fluid of our eye. They are common and harmless most of the time. If new or associated with other symptoms like flashes, the eye should be examined for retinal problems. Constant floaters can be a warning that there are changes in the retina like a tear or detachment. Get it checked out. ...Read more

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Can floaters in both eyes be fixed?

Can floaters in both eyes be fixed?

Depends on the cause: It depends on what caused the floaters. For most people, vitreous floaters can disappear over a period of weeks to months — eventually the brain "tunes out" the floaters so they're not very visible. Unfortunately, other floaters may then form over time. However, floaters can also be a sign of serious retinal problems — for any new or changes in floaters, see a md immediately. ...Read more

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What could cause spots and floaters in my eyes?

What could cause spots and floaters in my eyes?

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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Could floaters in my eyes stop me from being a pilot?

Could floaters in my eyes stop me from being a pilot?

Unlikely: If an eye examination by an ophthalmologist shows no pathology in the back of the eye, and you qualify in other regards, you could try to become a pilot. ...Read more

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Is there anything I can do for floaters in my eyes. It is driving me crazy!?

Is there anything I can do for floaters in my eyes. It is driving me crazy!?

See an eye doctor: Floaters can have several causes. Most commonly, the gel that fills the back of the eye starts liquifying (this is normal) and develops cracks that fill with water. Bits of gel fall into these cracks and bounce around. Other causes include inflammation, retinal tears and even detachments. Any new or worsening floaters require a dilated eye exam to rule out more serious causes. ...Read more

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How common is it for people to see floaters and flashing lights in their eyes?

Floaters are common : But any sudden change in floaters, or associated flashing lights should be evaluated emergently. ...Read more

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I have been diagnosed with floaters, around 3-4 in both eyes. What should I do.

I have been diagnosed with floaters, around 3-4 in both eyes. What should I do.

Be observant: Of any changes to your vision such as flashes of light, shadows or dark areas in the vision or a curtain coming over your visual field. The floaters are not dangerous but indicate that the gel in the eye is changing. When this happens, there can be small tears in the retina that can painlessly result in formation of a detachment. If you have new symptoms, then you should repeat eye exam. ...Read more

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How common is it for people to see a field of floaters and flashing lights in their eyes?

How common is it for people to see a field of floaters and flashing lights in their eyes?

Common: Very common! You should have an exam to make sure there are no tears or holes in the retina or a retinal detachment. ...Read more

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Something is wrong with my eyes? Big areas of floaters float by in both. Mostly when looking at screen.

Something is wrong with my eyes? Big areas of floaters float by in both. Mostly when looking at screen.

Floaters: Most of us eventually develop a small floater or two. If you have large ones affecting your vision, see an ophthalmologist for a thorough exam and possible solutions to the problem. ...Read more

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How often should my eyes be examined after I start seeing floaters? I'm 55 and have very high degree of short sightedness.

How often should my eyes be examined after I start seeing floaters? I'm 55 and have very high degree of short sightedness.

Soon: Floaters are common, especially in people who are nearsighted. However, if you have a sudden onset of new floaters, and/or flashes of light, or decreased vision, you should be evaluated immediately to make sure you have no retinal problems. ...Read more

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If I have flashes of light in the corner of my eyes and seeing floaters, what should I do? Can something be done to stop this?

If I have flashes of light in the corner of my eyes and seeing floaters, what should I do? Can something be done to stop this?

See Ophthalmologist: You should be evaluated by an ophthalmologist within 48 hours of developing symptoms of flashing lights and new floaters. These symptoms suggest that a posterior vitreous detachment is occurring and may put you at risk for a retinal tear or detachment. ...Read more

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Floaters in both eyes. Sometimes aren't noticeable, but other times are very prominent. Many floating across vision. Is this normal?

Floaters in both eyes. Sometimes aren't noticeable, but other times are very prominent. Many floating across vision.
Is this normal?

Yes: Almost certainly at your age, you are seeing what a termed entoptic. This is a normal patterning of the white cells in the blood vessels in the back of your eyes. This is normal. ...Read more

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Today I saw floaters in BOTH my eyes for the first time. 11 days ago I dropped a dumbbell on my head. Could that have caused the floaters?

Today I saw floaters in BOTH my eyes for the first time. 11 days ago I dropped a dumbbell on my head. Could that have caused the floaters?

Concerning symptom: Floaters after a head injury are almost always something that needs further evaluation and possible treatment. These can be the result of a small amount of bleeding in the back of the eye related to bleeding around the brain (so-called Terson's syndrome), a retinal detachment, a blood clot in one of the venous sinuses, or injury to the occipital lobe. I would see an ophthalmologist, soon. ...Read more

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Why would i have gotten a web of floaters over a few days? I went to 2 ODs and they both said my eyes were fine and looked really healthy.

Why would i have gotten a web of floaters over a few days? I went to 2 ODs and they both said my eyes were fine and looked really healthy.

Might be OK but .: Your best bet for something like this is to see and ophthalmologist — the real eye doctors. ODs largely are interested in selling contacts and glasses and cannot give the final word on something like this. On the other hand, you are only 16 and serious issues with webs and floaters are very uncommon at your age. Nonetheless, see and ophthalmologist for this. ...Read more

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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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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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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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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 to do if you have floaters in your eye?

What to do if you have floaters in your eye?

See eye dr: Floaters are usually a normal change that occurs in your eye over time, however they can sometimes be associated with a retinal tear. There really isn't any way for you to tell the difference so we always tell our pts to see their ophthalmologist right away to ensure there are no problems. ...Read more

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How to treat floaters in the eye?

Usually don't: Various treatments for floaters have been tried including braking them apart with lasers and removing the fluid in the back of the eye where the floaters are. None have been tremendously successful and are generally not recommended unless the floater is extremely bothersome and has been there for some time. ...Read more

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What are the treatments for floaters in the eye?

Floaters are a Pain: While floaters may be a true aggravation, they are not something that your eye physician will get too concerned about, after checking for retinal tears. Floaters commonly occur in people with myopia -see well close up, but poorly for objects far away. When they first appear, they are more annoying, especially while reading, as they dance repeatedly back and forth in the same area of one's vision. ...Read more

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What are the treatments for floaters in the eye at 40?

What are the treatments for floaters in the eye at 40?

Floaters: Most common it is recommended to have an immediate exam when they first occur to rule out retinal detachment. If there are only floaters, then wait a year and if they are still symptomatic then consider a vitrectomy to remove the vitreous and floaters. There is not much information and acceptance on using a yag laser to treat them, do internet search if you want more on yag. I do not recommend. ...Read more

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What causes floaters in the eyes ?

What causes floaters in the eyes
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They are shadows: A shadow is created when light hits anything floating inside your eye. You see this shadow as a floater. Floaters are most often benign, but can be serious. You should have a complete eye exam from an eye md. ...Read more