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Dr. Richard Scartozzi
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Eye Floaters (Overview)

Are spots you notice visually that may vary in shape & are usually gray or black.


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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

Dr. Richard Scartozzi
217 Doctors shared insights

Eye Floaters (Overview)

Are spots you notice visually that may vary in shape & are usually gray or black.


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What does it mean to have eye floaters and small lightning streak that lasts for 2 seconds?

What does it mean to have eye floaters and small lightning streak that lasts for 2 seconds?

See an eye doc: You should see a doctor who will dilate your eyes for examination of the retina. Sometimes, sudden floaters may accompany or precede the development of a tear in the retina. A retinal tear can rapidly progress to a retinal detachment. The lightning streak occurs with traction or pulling on the retina. See a retinal specialist. Avoid retinal detachment. ...Read more

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Treating Eye Injuries (Checklist)

Seek immediate medical attention
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If it's a chemical exposure, rinse your eye with water for 15 minutes
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Do not rub your eye
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How do I treat eye floaters naturopathically?

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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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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Treating a Lazy Eye (Checklist)

Wear glasses to protect your lazy eye
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Get an annual eye exam
Yearly
If your condition is severe, use low vision aids
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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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Is there any research going on anywhere for treatment of eye floaters?

Is there any research going on anywhere for treatment of eye floaters?

Floaters research no: I am a vitreoretinal surgeon and am not aware of any major research on floaters. The options to treat floaters in young patients are limited. Older patients may be candidates for vitrectomy surgery depending on severity of floaters. Most doctors advise waiting to see if they improve on their own. They are not harmful. Discuss options with your eye doctor. ...Read more

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Treating Pink Eye (Checklist)

Wash your hands frequently
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See your doctor to determine if your pink eye is allergic, viral, or bacterial
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Do not use someone else's eye drops
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What are some treatments for eye floaters/spots?

What are some treatments for eye floaters/spots?

"Serious" floaters.: Vitrectomy works for bad floaters. It carries risks like cataract, but may have reasonably good outcomes. Most floaters are not serious enough to warrant a vitrectomy. Of the floaters that are truly serious, most are associated with some other disease process like diabetes. Yag laser lysis is the other way. It is less invasive, but less effective also. Don't forget dilated exam first! ...Read more

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Any medicine or tablets to cure eye floaters I can afford a surgery any minerals vitamin calcium tablets please tell me thanks?

Treating floaters: There is no cure for benign floaters. No medications or supplements will help. Fortunately with time, floaters to become less noticeable and problematic. Any sudden change in floaters, especially if accompanied by flashing light, is an emergency. Otherwise, just try your best to live with it. Surgical treatment for floaters would be very expensive and not without significant risk. ...Read more

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Treating Eye Infections (Checklist)

Throw away any used contact lenses
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Do not occlude or cover your eyes
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If you have pink eye, wash face towels separately with hot water
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Does anyone know how to reduce or get rid of eye floaters?

Does anyone know how to reduce or get rid of eye floaters?

Time: Floaters occur when the vitreous gel that fills the eye pulls away from the back part of the eye. The floaters diminish with time. If you have flashes of light or a change in your vision go to an eye md immediately as this could be a retinal tear or detachment-a potentially blinding condition. If your floaters persist or become worse this could be a sign of bleeding or inflammation-go to an md! ...Read more

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Is there anything I can get from the grocery store or drug store for my eye floaters until I can see a doctor?

Not really: Floaters are essentially membrane fragments and debris in the fluids in the back of the eye. Most are benign but they may be the first sign of a retinal detachment. If you have them and also light flashes or diminution of vision you need an ophthalmologist to see you right away. There are no retail items that are helpful for floaters. ...Read more

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Managing Eye Twitching (Checklist)

Reduce caffeine intake
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Reduce alcohol intake
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What are ways to prevent eye floaters?

Can't: Floaters occur naturally as the vitreous gel undergoes changes with aging. On occasion, floaters can be brought on suddenly by trauma. So avoid trauma. I know of no other solution to the problem. Sorry. ...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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Is there a possibility eye floaters can be genetic, especially at early age onset?

Genetic: Influences play a role in the development of the axial length of your eye. This in turn can predispose one to vitreous detachment and subsequent vitreous floaters. The longer your axial length, the higher the frequency. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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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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?

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?

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?

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

Dr. Keshav Narain
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Floaters (Definition)

Floater = 0ptical debris in vitreous body or lens that appears as a spot ...Read more