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Floaters (Overview)

Floaters are transparent shapes that can sometimes seen floating in the visual field and are due to deposits in the fluid of the eye. They can be normal or a sign of disease.


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What causes floaters and are they dangerous or warning signs?

What causes floaters and are they dangerous or warning signs?

See an eye doc soon!: Possible warning sign for retinal tearing, bleeding or detachment. See an eye doctor as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Dr. Keshav Narain
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Floaters (Overview)

Floaters are transparent shapes that can sometimes seen floating in the visual field and are due to deposits in the fluid of the eye. They can be normal or a sign of disease.


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Do floaters really mean that your retina is being detached?

Do floaters really mean that your retina is being detached?

Maybe: Floaters are often seen prior to detachment of the retina. Many patients who are having a retinal tear or traction will see floaters. Roughly, 15% of new floaters are associated with tears. Tears can lead to a detachment unless they are treated with laser. Since there is no way to confirm for sure that there is no tear, it is recommended to get a dilated eye exam when new floaters appear. ...Read more

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Can acupunture treat floaters and get rid of them? I have contacted several acupunturists and they have said they could. Should i believe them?

Can acupunture treat floaters and get rid of them? I have contacted several acupunturists and they have said they could. Should i believe them?

Not really: One should not believe an acupuncturist who says he can get rid of floaters in the eye, but he may be able to help a patient ignore the floaters (if a patient stops seeing floaters, then the floaters that are there are essentially "gone"). However, it may be impossible to actually tell which acupuncturist, or psychologist, or other counselor would truly be able to do that. ...Read more

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How are serious cases of eye floaters treated?

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 doctors to use yag lasers in australia for floater treatment?

Uncommon: I think it is uncommon everywhere because it works for only a subset of floaters. It is an uncommon procedure in the us. ...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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Why is there no medical injection to cure floaters ?

Why is there no medical injection to cure floaters ?

Not yet: Floaters occur when the vitreous gel that fills the eye pulls away from the back part of the eye. The "gel's" protein strands become visible causing the floaters. There are no drugs that can completely dissolve these proteins without dissolving the other good parts of the eye. The only way to get rid of them is with surgery & that's too dangerous. Some docs use a yag laser-also dangerous. ...Read more

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Is there a natural way to get rid of floaters?

No: Sunglasses can help to relieve their presence on sunny days or at the beach. ...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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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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