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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


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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?

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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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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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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Are there any ways to treat eye floaters?

Are there any ways to treat eye floaters?

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

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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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Is it common for teenagers to have eye floaters?

Is it common for teenagers to have eye floaters?

Unusual: Floaters that are benign mostly appear in older age groups related to changes in the character of the vitreous fluids in the back of the eye. In teenagers, floaters are quite uncommon and should be a cause, if new, for an evaluation by your ophthalmologist as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Could it be something bad if I have eye floaters?

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

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How come I have eye floaters, but nobody else in the family has it?

How come I have eye floaters, but nobody else in the family has it?

Not genetic: Floaters most commonly arise from aging changes in the fluids in the back of the eyes. These are individualized and do not run in families. If significant or accompanied by light flashing or a drop in vision, you should see your ophthalmologist as soon as you can. ...Read more

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What is the cure for eye floaters?

What is the cure for eye floaters?

"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

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Are my eye floaters stress-related?

Floaters: Eye floaters are not typically stress related. They are usually related to thickening of the jelly in the back of the eye which occurs with age, trauma, near-sightedness, inflammation. See an eye doctor for further evaluation. ...Read more

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Why do I see spots and eye floaters?

Why do I see spots and eye floaters?

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

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Is there a surgery for eye floaters?

Is there a surgery for eye floaters?

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

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How does glaucoma cause eye floaters?

How does glaucoma cause eye floaters?

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

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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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Does lutein for eye floaters work well?

Does lutein for eye floaters work well?

No: It has no effect on eye floaters. There is no medication or vitamin that will have an effect on them. ...Read more

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Docs, could a cold cause 'eye floaters'?

Docs, could a cold cause 'eye floaters'?

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

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Any connection to lorazepam and eye floaters?

Any connection to lorazepam and eye floaters?

No association: There is no association between this medication and eye floaters. It is possible that the medication may cause some blurry vision which could be perceived as a floater. ...Read more

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Can lifting heavy objects cause eye floaters?

Can lifting heavy objects cause eye floaters?

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

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Eye floaters in 18 years old, what is wrong?

Eye floaters in 18 years old, what is wrong?

Nothing: In people who are moderately nearsighted (-6.00 or worse) floaters can happen earlier in life. Trauma to the eye like being punched or having surgery can also make the process happen earlier. ...Read more

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Why are my eye floaters getting bigger and worse?

Why are my eye floaters getting bigger and worse?

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

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I have some annoying eye floaters. How to treat them?

I have some annoying eye floaters. How to treat them?

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

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I am seeing spots and eye floaters! Should I be worried?

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

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Eye floaters what does it mean when I see light flashes?

Eye floaters what does it mean when I see light flashes?

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

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What is the difference between scotomas and eye floaters?

What is the difference between scotomas and eye floaters?

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

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How to treat my eye floaters and flashint lights answers?

Get seen: Flashing lights and floaters require an immediate exam by an ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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Does serrapeptase dissolve or help with large eye floaters?

Does serrapeptase dissolve or help with large eye floaters?

Serrapeptase: There is no fda approved medicine to help with floaters in the eye. Most floaters will dissolve or improve with time. It can take weeks to months to years for them to go away. ...Read more

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I have eye floaters and headaches, anything to worry about?

I have eye floaters and headaches, anything to worry about?

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

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I have eye floaters, will it affect my ability to see iphone?

Shouldn't: Any floater (s) large enough to obstruct the viewing of your iPhone should be seen by an ophthalmologist. Most floaters are small and will not affect this ability. ...Read more

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Are there any drugs or dietary habits that causes eye floaters?

Floaters: Neither are effective. Floaters are due to a degenerative change that takes place in the vitreous fluid with aging. ...Read more

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Will looking at the computer too much make you see eye floaters?

Yes: If u are seeing floaters take superoxide dismutase 12000 units twice daily for 1 week if it persists see ur doc. ...Read more

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Recently got eye floaters and now I have terrible anxiety. Help?

Recently got eye floaters and now I have terrible anxiety. Help?

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

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Eye Floaters (Definition)

Are spots you notice visually that may vary in shape & are ...Read more