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Eye Floaters Alcohol
I have head pressure, ear pressure, vision blurring / floaters, and hot flashes. Ct scan, blood tests etc came back negative. Much worse with alcohol.
I have eye floaters in both eyes, have noticed them from being a teenager now in my early 30's, they seem more pronounced should I get them checked?
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
"Serious" floaters.: Vitrectomy works for bad floaters. Although it carries risks, it is associated with reasonably good outcomes to get rid of floaters. The reality is that 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, though less common and more difficult. ...Read more
Due to vitreous cell:
We can see the cells that are floating in our vitreous, occasionally in a bright day. But if anyone develops vitreous detachment, the floaters are more commonly seen and they are more in number.
Also people with disease of posterior part of their eyes may have more floaters. Like patients with diabetes, who has had bleeding in their eyes. ...Read more
Rarely done: For the vast majority of people, floaters become less and less bothersome over time, and they tend to move out of the line of sight. For those who are plagued by floaters where they interfere with the quality of life, vitrectomy surgery done by retinal specialists can remove floaters. The surgery has a high risk of cataract developing. A laser procedure can also be done: www. Eyefloaters. Com ...Read more
It does not cause it: Just like within the body there are many parts, although one organ, the eye is very similar with many parts as well. Where floaters occur in the eye is separate from the area where the effects of glaucoma occur, which is the optic nerve. Floaters are typically black spots that appear real like gnats in front of you. Vision loss from glaucoma is like dark patches in vision that don't go away. ...Read more
Eye floaters: The cause of the cold symptoms could also be associated with causing inflammation in your eyes. Most floaters are not a concern, but some require treatment. Its best to check in with an eye doctor for a dilated exam, especially if there is any decreased vision, pain, redness or flashing lights. Good luck. ...Read more
No: Vitreous separation ; traction on the retina causes retinal tears-causing vitreous floaters ; hazy vision. Untreated, these tears allow fluid to flow behind the retina amd it falls off the back of your eye-like wallpaper coming off a wall. This causes a veil in your side vision then painless central vision loss. Lifting or straining does not cause these problems. Hitting your head can. ...Read more
See opthalmologist: Age and inflammation can commonly casuse the gel-like fluid (vitreous) in the eye to liquefy and detach 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
Floaters: Most common it is recommended to have an immediate exam when they first occur to rule out retinal 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. 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 y. ...Read more
Probably not: These symptoms can only be adequately addressed by your doctor in real-time (face-to-face). Only after a thorogh evaluation, possibly including labs and other studies, can he/she determine what's wrong and what to do about it. ...Read more
Retina needs exam: Floaters are usually a very benign finding and a normal aging change as the vitreous jelly in the eye pulls away from the retina. Floaters are potentially more worrisome as it often indicates the vitreous jelly is pulling on the retina and may be a sign of a retinal tear or retinal detachment. You need to schedule an eye exam to include dilation of your pupils to examine the entire retina. ...Read more
Scotomas are blind: Spots. This becomes important if the blind spot increases in size, and this can be determined best with visual fields screening, as it can point to other causes that may not be known by just dilated fundoscopic exam alone. So, thanks for asking an important question, and glad you got a retinal exam, as your doctor must have given you a diagnosis, and prognosis. ...Read more
Symptoms unrelated: The combination of headaches and floaters are coincidence and not related. Floaters are generally benign and common. The worrisome thing would be to have a "shower" of new floaters, especially if they are associated with flashing lights as this may represent a retinal tear. Those symptoms or a "curtain" coming down over the vision should lead to a prompt visit to an eye specialist. ...Read more
Anxiety Relief: Sorry to hear that. Would encourage you to try some self-care. Daily physical activity, time spent in green spaces, sleeping 8 hours per night & proper hydration can help. Avoid caffeine & eliminate alcohol or use in moderation. Consider acupuncture, tai chi, meditation, deep breathing exercises, progressive muscle relaxation & yoga. See a therapist if not improving. Take care. ...Read more