floaters

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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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Dr. Ilan Cohen answered:

What makes floaters?

Shadows

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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.
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What are eye floaters?

Debris in back of ey

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Floaters are debris, usually from eye renewal or condensations of the vitreous gel which fills the back of the eye. If they are located in the axis of vision, they may be seen in certain circumstances as floating objects in space like flying insects. If they appear suddenly or there are many or you have light flashes associated, then see your ophthalmologist immediately.
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Do kidney stones float?

Kidney stones

Kidney
stones are like rocks, they do not float.
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Dr. Jack Sipperley answered:

What causes eye floaters?

The Vitreous

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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.
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Dr. George Yang answered:

Can floaters be aspirated?

Yes

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By a procedure called a vitrectomy. The procedure has certain risks, and so the decision to remove floaters should not be taken lightly. If the floaters bother you a lot, you would see a retina surgeon for consultation.
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Dr. Willa M. Terry answered:

Why do we get eye floaters?

Age related change

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The vitreous (connective tissue of the eye) becomes more liquid In people who are nearsighted or during the process of aging - then eye floaters may develop. It can also be a sign of retinal detachment, which need immediate medical attention,
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Dr. Keshav Narain answered:

Why do eye floaters exist?

Natural aging

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It is a consequence of protein particles drifting within the vitreous fluid of our eye. They are common and harmless most of the time. If new or associated with other symptoms like flashes, the eye should be examined for retinal problems.
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Should a person's poop float?

The Norms of Life

Feces
Floating stool after a bowel movement often is a sign of too much fat in the recent diet or an infection or irritation of the colon so that not all of the food is being digested normally. Usually floating stool is temporary and normalizes quickly It is usually not a sign of disease.
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Dr. Michael L. Ham answered:

What causes floaters? thyroid?

Floaters

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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.
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Dr. Michael L. Ham answered:

How do I ignore eye floaters?

Floaters

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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).
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