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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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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

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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Treating Eye Injuries (Checklist)

Seek immediate medical attention
Once
If it's a chemical exposure, rinse your eye with water for 15 minutes
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Do not rub your eye
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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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Treating a Lazy Eye (Checklist)

Wear glasses to protect your lazy eye
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Get an annual eye exam
Yearly
If your condition is severe, use low vision aids
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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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Treating Pink Eye (Checklist)

Wash your hands frequently
Daily
See your doctor to determine if your pink eye is allergic, viral, or bacterial
once
Do not use someone else's eye drops
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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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Treating Eye Infections (Checklist)

Throw away any used contact lenses
Once
Do not occlude or cover your eyes
Once
If you have pink eye, wash face towels separately with hot water
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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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Managing Eye Twitching (Checklist)

Reduce caffeine intake
once
Reduce alcohol intake
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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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Is there a possibility eye floaters can be genetic, especially at early age onset?

Genetic: Influences play a role in the development of the axial length of your eye. This in turn can predispose one to vitreous detachment and subsequent vitreous floaters. The longer your axial length, the higher the frequency. ...Read more

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If I blow my nose often, then will it increase the risk of floaters or blood vessels appearing in my eye?

If I blow my nose often, then will it increase the risk of floaters or blood vessels appearing in my eye?

No and yes: Floatera usually change independent of activity. You can break blood vessels in your eyes by sneezing, coughing, or blowing your nose too hard. ...Read more

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What risk factors are involved to undergo floater (eye) removal procedure by yag laser? Anything to do with retinal damage?

Floater removal: The use of a yag laser in the vitreous creates a shock wave that can cause a retinal tear or detachment. The yag laser can sometimes break up a large floater into several smaller floaters which may or may not be less bothersome. A floater, in of itself, is annoyance and the risks associated with removal must be weighed against the benefit. Please discuss with your surgeon. ...Read more

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Some dr.'s say that floaters go away in time, some say they don't. Which one is it?

Some dr.'s say that floaters go away in time, some say they don't. Which one is it?

Floaters float!: Floaters are tiny clumps of gel or cells floating inside the vitreous, casting shadows on the retina. They are more visible when you look at the sky or a bright, evenly lit surface, and may look like little dots, circles, lines, clouds or cobwebs. You have always had some floaters since birth, even if you were not aware of them. New floaters come from tiny bits of retinal tissue. ...Read more

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What makes floaters?

Shadows: Floaters are the shadows cast onto the retina by particles in the vitreous humor. The vitreous is a gel-like substance that takes up most of the inside of the eye. At birth, it is relatively uniform and solid. Throughout life, it breaks down into liquid and contracts. As this process occurs, particles form in the vitreous. These particles cast shadows onto the retina which we perceive as floaters. ...Read more

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How long do floaters last for?

Depends: Depends on the cause of the floaters. Red blood cells from a small bleed may clear in days to months. Common vitreous floaters usually take months to years to fall down out of the visual axis. Be sure to ask your eye MD which type of floaters you have at your next visit. ...Read more

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How many floaters made each day?

How many floaters made each day?

Floaters: There is no good answer to this question. As we age, so does the vitreous gel in the eye. As it deteriorates, little pieces of the vitreous cast a shadow on the retina which is what you actually are seeing when you see a floater. People who are highly nearsighted tend to develop floaters earlier in life and they tend to be more bothersome. With the sudden onset of new floaters, call you eye md. ...Read more

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Do floaters appear in day light?

Sort of: Floaters are always present but can only been seen in certain conditions, like looking at the sky or a plain white piece of paper. ...Read more

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Can floaters go away in months?

No, but they can: Sink or settle down below your visual axis, so it's not so bothersome. Since it occurs from changes associated with the eye as we age, it's a normal process, and not to be of much concern unless you are seeing a whole curtain of floaters occurring obstructing your vision. That would be a sign of a retinal tear. ...Read more

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Are having "floaters" dangerous?

Yes, potentially: Having new or worse floaters and/or flashing lights could indicate a serious retinal condition like a retinal tear or retinal detachment. You must get examined, sooner rather than later, to rule this out. ...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