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Are eye floaters generally a signal of a serious eye problem? Do they go away after some time? Do they cause harm? Recently seeing more than usual.

Are eye floaters generally a signal of a serious eye problem? Do they go away after some time? Do they cause harm? Recently seeing more than usual.

Possibly: Eye floaters may be benign. If they do not go away, then you should consider an opthamological examination. Eye floaters are small moving spots that appear in your field of vision. They may be especially noticeable when you look at something bright, such as white paper or a blue sky.
Eye floaters can be annoying, but they generally don't interfere with your sight. ...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


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What can cause floaters at my age other than retina/vitreous related problems? I have 6/6 vision, no trauma, inflammation ever, 3 opthas said perfect eyes

What can cause floaters at my age other than retina/vitreous related problems? I have 6/6 vision, no trauma, inflammation ever, 3 opthas said perfect eyes

Floaters: It's good to hear that your eye examination is normal. Vitreous opacities are normal to see & discover on examination. The important distinction is evaluating normal floaters from abnormally occurring floaters. The latter would require diagnosed problems with your eyes. You've indicated a normal exam. Visual phenomena seen as floater-like disturbances may be from migrainal-type events too. ...Read more

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Noticing eye floaters three months after surgery under general anesthesia. Can drugs used for anesthesia cause eye problems such as floaters?

Noticing eye floaters three months after surgery under general anesthesia. Can drugs used for anesthesia cause eye problems such as floaters?

No: Commonly used drugs for anesthesia do not directly cause eye floaters. You should see an eye doctor as soon as possible if you notice a sudden increase in floaters, eye pain, changes in vision. ...Read more

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Can floaters be caused by a sinus problem above the eyes or near the nose where eye sockets connect? I've had pain in that corner for two years now.

Can floaters be caused by a sinus problem above the eyes or near the nose where eye sockets connect? I've had pain in that corner for two years now.

Unlikely: Floaters are generally caused by small opacities in the vitreous gel contained within the eye (like a holiday snow toy). They are often a part of aging or can represent early signs of a retinal tear. Sinus problems usually are noted below or above the eye where the frontal and maxillary sinuses are located. Inflammation here can cause aching. ...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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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?

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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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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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. ...Read more

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Are eye floaters serious problems, and do they go away on there own.

Are eye floaters serious problems, and do they go away on there own.

Vitreous floaters: Floaters are generally age specific changes in the eye's viscous fluids in the compartment behind the iris. Occasionally floaters arise from diseases or trauma that may require medical and or surgical treatment. Therefore, depending on the problem, a surgical treatment to resolve the problem often eliminates the floaters. Otherwise, the floaters will remain without unnecessary evacuation. ...Read more

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Eye floaters and flashing lights, can the lights cause you to have floaters?

Eye floaters and flashing lights, can the lights cause you to have floaters?

Vitreous detachment: It sounds as if you have had a posterior vitreous detachment. 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 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. ...Read more

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What illnesses or diseases can worsen eye floaters cause it to become more disturbing?

What illnesses or diseases can worsen eye floaters cause it to become more disturbing?

Depends: Changes inside of your eye can worsen a floater. Changes with your floater should prompt a visit with your eye doctor for a dilated exam as this may indicate a problem. ...Read more

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I have been rubbing my eyes for months due to poorly fitted contact lenses. Could this have caused floaters?

I have been rubbing my eyes for months due to poorly fitted contact lenses. Could this have caused floaters?

Floaters: Possibly. It sounds as if you have had a posterior vitreous detachment. 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. ...Read more

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Opth says eye rubbing didn't cause floaters but some websites including healthtap say otherwise. Who to believe?

Opth says eye rubbing didn't cause floaters but some websites including healthtap say otherwise. Who to believe?

Vitreous debris: Most commonly floaters are caused by an infolding of the vitreous humor, aka a posterior vitreous detachment. Other causes can be infection and vitreous hemorrhage. New floaters (or flashing lights) always demands an urgent dilated retinal exam. A veil or curtain in your visual field is an ocular emergency and may be a retinal detachment. Floaters can be benign or very serious. See an eyemd. ...Read more

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My eye has ached all week and seems to have increased floaters. What would cause this? Hurts to look to the far right.

Floaters are painles: Floaters are not usually associated with pain. Pain with eye movement is usually either from the flu or optic neuritis. Optic neuritis would typically cause a reduction of vision. Floaters can indicate a vitreous separation or retinal tear which could lead to a retinal detachment which is also painless but is accompanied by a loss of peripheral vision. ...Read more

Dr. Richard Scartozzi
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Eye Floaters (Definition)

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