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Dr. Keshav Narain
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Floaters (Overview)

Floater = 0ptical debris in vitreous body or lens that appears as a spot in one's visual field.


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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
420 Doctors shared insights

Floaters (Overview)

Floater = 0ptical debris in vitreous body or lens that appears as a spot in one's visual field.


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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?

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?

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?

Surgery may help: There are surgeons in increasing numbers who will remove floaters. It is only worth the risk if your floaters are constant, and are staying in the center of your vision. ...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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I get lots of floaters in vision when I eat foods with wheat or msg in them. Even a small amount like in flavoured chips. Allergy or seizure trigger?

Doubtful: I question that these are related at all. But if you have a lot of floaters, be sure to see an eye doctor especially if you are very near-sighted. ...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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What are the preventive laser method to avoid rd, I hv flashes (6mnths) n floaters (2 yrs) be, done oct n optomap, normal result, how do I know a tear b4 rd?

What are the preventive laser method to avoid rd, I hv flashes (6mnths) n floaters (2 yrs) be, done oct n optomap, normal result, how do I know a tear b4 rd?

Scleral depression: As good ad optomap photograghy may be it will not substitute a retina indirect exam along with scleral depression to see the peripheral retina better & rule out a tear. If you have a defect in the retina that needs laser retinopexy usually a green laser will be used. Please see a retina specialist. ...Read more

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I was bombarded with "floaters". What can I do to get rid of them?

See below: You must see an eye doctor right away if you have new or worse floaters as this could indicate a serious problem like a retinal tear or detachment. You really can't get rid of them, though sometimes they can improve over time depending on the cause. ...Read more

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Dr. Richard Scartozzi
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Eye Floaters (Definition)

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