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I have constant "eye floaters" in my left eye. I'm only 23 and I noticed them during my second pregnancy (I'm 32 weeks). Could it be serious?

I have constant "eye floaters" in my left eye. I'm only 23 and I noticed them during my second pregnancy (I'm 32 weeks). Could it be serious?

See a Provider: May be something in the vitreous, but see a Provider to have your eyes checked out. Make sure you are wearing sunglasses to protect your eyes and don't look directly at the sun. ...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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Headache worse with bending head forward an stiff mid back pain an sick to belly an balance trouble, floaters in left eye. What's the cause?

Headache worse with bending head forward an stiff mid back pain an sick to belly an balance trouble, floaters in left eye. What's the cause?

See a HA specialist: Or Orofacial Pain because any headache must be viewed as a valid medical disorder and the headache assessment must be comprehensive. See a specialist for evaluation, tests and treatment options. ...Read more

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I have black floaters in my left eye what is that?

I have black floaters in my left eye what is that?

Changes in viteous: The most common cause of floaters is liquification of the gel in the center of the eye. It may also be hemrrhage related to tugging of the gel on a blood vessel. Itis important u see an eye doctor now because u may have also developed a tear, hole or retinal detachment associated withe floaters. ...Read more

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I have large dark floaters in my left eye, what should I do?

I have large dark floaters in my left eye, what should I do?

See an eye doc: You should see a doctor who will dilate your eyes for examination of the retina. Sometimes, sudden floaters may accompany or precede the development of a tear in the retina. A retinal tear can rapidly progress to a retinal detachment so see your local eye specialist. Many optometrists carry out this exam and so do all ophthalmologists. A retinal specialist can both examine and treat. ...Read more

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Many floaters especially in the left eye. What could be the cause?

Many floaters especially in the left eye. What could be the cause?

Vitreous floaters: Vitreous floaters can induce the symptoms you complain of. What you require is a full medical eye exam with dilated pupils performed by an ophthalmologist (medical eye specialist) who can elucidate and explain your symptoms. ...Read more

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Eye floaters? How long do they last? I know they come and go but I have had a few in my left eye mostly centered for awhile now... 24 years old.

Eye floaters? How long do they last? I know they come and go but I have had a few in my left eye mostly centered for awhile now... 24 years old.

Floaters: Most eye floaters are caused by age-related changes that occur as the jelly-like substance (vitreous) inside your eyes becomes more liquid. Microscopic fibers within the vitreous tend to clump and can cast tiny shadows on your retina, which appear to you as floaters.

If you notice a sudden increase in eye floaters, contact an eye specialist immediately — especially if you also see light flashes. ...Read more

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Are lots of black floaters a sign you are going blind, why can I mostly see them only in my left eye? Been seeing them for a year now.

Are lots of black floaters a sign you are going blind, why can I mostly see them only in my left eye? Been seeing them for a year now.

See ophthalmologist: The floaters are not a sign of imminent blindness, but might represent a vitreous detachment. Best to uncover what is occurring and treat as necessary. An ophthalmology examination is a good starting point. ...Read more

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I have always had many floaters in my eyes but lately I have a very dark one in my left eye that I can see even when I close my eyes. Retina tear?

I have always had many floaters in my eyes but lately I have a very dark one in my left eye that I can see even when I close my eyes. Retina tear?

Depends, See Eye MD: Although many floaters are benign, a new onset of larger or "different" floaters especially if accompanied by any light flashes or changes in vision can be a warning for retinal problems. Make sure not to rub the eye (s) and avoid any vigorous shaking of the head & eyes while arranging to see your eye MD. If the retina is involved, time is essential so don't put this off! ...Read more

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Seeing 1 black dot in left eye for about 2 weeks now it's there all time, no matter where I look it appears I know what floaters are this is all time?

Seeing 1 black dot in left eye for about 2 weeks now it's there all time, no matter where I look it appears I know what floaters are this is all time?

Floater: If a floater yes, it could be stuck in the bursa pre macular is area. Many times will move away or you will get used to it. But it could be from something else more serious. So go see an ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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I wake up with large "floaters" in my left eye along with cloudy/blurred out vision. It almost feels and looks like grey grocery bags that float over.

I wake up with large "floaters" in my left eye along with cloudy/blurred out vision. It almost feels and looks like grey grocery bags that float over.

You need to be: Evaluated as soon as possible. It sounds like you may have a retinal detachment or other intraoccular issue. The sooner you get evaluated the less likely you are to lose vision permanently in that eye. Go to your eye doctor ASAP. ...Read more

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I had pvd in my right eye but now my left eye has a bigger field of floaters. What’s happening?

I had pvd in my right eye but now my left eye has a bigger field of floaters. What’s happening?

See an eye doctor: You are likely developing a PVD in the other eye. I would recommend that you are seen by an eye doctor for a dilated examination, to make sure that there is not a retinal tear or detachment. ...Read more

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Have large dark floater & glaucoma in right eye & today developed large floater in left eye. Do floaters have anything to do with glaucoma?

Have large dark floater & glaucoma in right eye & today developed large floater in left eye. Do floaters have anything to do with glaucoma?

No: The two are independent and represent separate eye diseases. Floaters could be a warning sign that a retinal tear or even small detachment has formed. They can also arise when there is bleeding in the eye. Although unlikely, blood that has not fully been reabsorbed can cause something called ghost cell glaucoma. An examination of the eyes is essential. ...Read more

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I'm 23 and I have noticed floaters in my left eye and constant flashing of lights in my peripheral vision when I'm outside. It's almost looks like a million gnats flying around. Thoughts?

I'm 23 and I have noticed floaters in my left eye and constant flashing of lights in my peripheral vision when I'm outside. It's almost looks like a million gnats flying around. Thoughts?

Recommend exam: Only way to know if this is something that needs treatment is to have a dilated exam with an optometrist or ophthalmologist to evaluate the cause. Good luck. ...Read more

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I am 21& having floaters for 2yrs, I see a black stationary spot in the corner of my left eye when I squint very very hard, could this be a retinal tear?

I am 21& having floaters for 2yrs, I see a black stationary spot in the corner of my left eye when I squint very very hard, could this be a retinal tear?

If new, need exam: If they are new onset, get an eye exam urgently. Floaters in the eye have several causes. The most common cause is degeneration of the vitreous fluid. The floaters gradually get worse, and persist. Sudden increase in floaters may be caused by vitreous separation (detachment) and may associated with a retinal tear or detachment, and an urgent eye exam is advisable. ...Read more

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Large dark floater in right eye & today developed floater in left eye. Retinas ok but floaters are distorting vision. Would cognitive therapy help?

Maybe: Cbt or cognitive behavioral therapy can be quite helpful in dealing with floaters. Unfortunately, tackling the floaters directly is not always possible or advisable, so it is very helpful to learn to deal with the floaters. ...Read more

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Hi doc, I want to ask whether lasik eye is dangerous or not? I have floaters and nearsighted. Left eye around 700 and right eye around 600. Thanks!

Hi doc, I want to ask whether lasik eye is dangerous or not? I have floaters and nearsighted. Left eye around 700 and right eye around 600. Thanks!

Usually safe: Lasik has a very low complication rate. You need to get a preop exam and testing of corneal thickness, curvature, tear film and production, corneal health, and other factors to make sure it is ok for you. I have successfully treated thousands of patients with your prescription. It will not get rid of your floaters. It should reduce or eliminate your dependence on glasses.
Good luck! ...Read more

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Floaters, blurred vision, headaches and tenderness in temple around left eye - blind in right eye from birth. Eye tests ok - any ideas as to causes?

Floaters, blurred vision, headaches and tenderness in temple around left eye - blind in right eye from birth. Eye tests ok - any ideas as to causes?

Check sed rate: You are a bit young for this but I'd check an ESR (sedimentation rate). If elevated consider temporal arteritis. Typically the temporal artery is nodular and tender. The diagnosis is confirmed with a biopsy of a small slice of the artery. One can see scalp tenderness with migraine but it does not typically present in the 5 the decade. See a doctor right away if you think it may be TA ...Read more

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Why am I seeing a floater in my left eye when im looking at something white or while driving in the morning?

Why am I seeing a floater in my left eye when im looking at something white or while driving in the morning?

Floaters: 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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What's an effective treament for a floater in my left eye?

What's an effective treament for a floater in my left eye?

Surgery: It is not advisable to take the risk of surgery, unless the floaters are causing a serious problem. If you have difficulty reading, or the floater affects your feeling safe driving, then a vitrectomy is a good option. Complications are uncommon or rare, but can lead to vision loss, so decide carefully. ...Read more

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Have sudden floater in left eye (black faded curved shape) have googled and I am v. worried! , I am only 22 no history of eye disease etc.

Have sudden floater in left eye (black faded curved shape) have googled and I am v. worried! , I am only 22 no history of eye disease etc.

Any pain or flashes?: Hi,
Most floaters are benign. They occur when small pieces of protein, (collagen) float through the vitreous humor, (the gel like substance inside the eye), and cast a shadow on the retina. If you have any flashes of light, loss of vision, pain, or increase in the floaters, you should be seen. It could signal a retinal detachment or an inflammatory condition of the eye. ...Read more

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For 2 years now, I've had one brown floater in my left eye, and a few clear ones in the right. What would cause that one to be brown instead of clear?

For 2 years now, I've had one brown floater in my left eye, and a few clear ones in the right. What would cause that one to be brown instead of clear?

Floaters: Floaters are normal, occur at a younger age in active people or with nearsightedness. It is caused by light hitting " debris" in the fluid inside the eye. You see the shadow cast onto the back of the eye. The more dense the particles the darker the shadow. Clear circles can sometimes be actual blood cells as opposed to floaters. Again, normal unless associated with flashes of light. ...Read more

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I'm 27 and over a year ago I got my first floater in left eye. Now, I have 1-2 more in left and 1 in right. These are small. Why am I getting so many?

I'm 27 and over a year ago I got my first floater in left eye. Now, I have 1-2 more in left and 1 in right. These are small. Why am I getting so many?

Visual axis view: Join the crowd as everyone will eventually see their floaters! when it comes into your visual axis (vision) they are more apparent, like looking at the blue sky, or on a white wall. They will eventually settle down out of view, and not be so apparent. However, if you see a stream of many floaters at once, then you have to call your eye doctor immediately. That is not normal, and is an emergency. ...Read more

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Reduced vision in left eye from floater. What to do?

Reduced vision in left eye from floater. What to do?

Floater: 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 or other problems with the eye. ...Read more

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I see eye floater in left eye. Its more visible indoor n outdoors in right eye its not that visible but u can see them I need natural n herbal solution?

I see eye floater in left eye. Its more visible indoor n outdoors in right eye its not that visible but u can see them I need natural n herbal solution?

Vitreous floater....: This a change in the fluid in the back part of your eye. It is recommended to have an eye to make sure the retina is normal. ...Read more

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I've had a large prominent floater that looks like a hair appearing in the inside corner of my left eye for a few days. Ophthalmic retinal exam was clear. Normal sometimes?

I've had a large prominent floater that looks like a hair appearing in the inside corner of my left eye for a few days. Ophthalmic retinal exam was clear. Normal sometimes?

Common: Opacities in the vitreous gel that fills the eye are enhanced when the light is bright and diffuse, and are called floaters. Patients who notice floaters for the first time should have a retinal exam, as you did, to make sure that there are no associated retinal tears or other problems. Floaters are as common as wrinkles on the skin.... ...Read more

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I had a seizure 6mnths ago and I've had a eye floater in my left eye never had seizure or floater b4 I can't see far away wear contacts glasses?

I had a seizure 6mnths ago and I've had a eye floater in my left eye never had seizure or floater b4 I can't see far away wear contacts glasses?

See opthalomologist: Floater I eyes could be secondary to serious condition like retinal detachment, retinal tear, bleeding within the eye.

Some times, it could be benign, hypoglycemis., migraine. ...Read more

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Eye field test and tomography showed that my eye nerves are healthy but scotomas are floating in my left eye (hardly noticeable)Will they get bigger?

Maybe: It is important to establish the actual cause of the scotomas. There is a type of glaucoma called normal tension glaucoma where the eye pressure measures in a range that would be normal for others but still causes damage in the patient. Scotomas can also be caused by migraines and other neurological causes. Health of the optic nerve is first assessed with a dilated fundus exam. ...Read more

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I was having light flashes on my left eye, now I see a floating black dot what is happening?

I was having light flashes on my left eye, now I see a floating black dot what is happening?

Flashes of light: Sometimes when the vitreous (gel in the back of the eye) detaches, it can cause flashes of light and floaters. However, so can a tear in the retina. I would definitely recommend a dilated exam immediately by an ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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After field exam and tomography I was diagnosed scotoma in the left eye. 2 days ago hardly noticeble things started floating in my eye. Please advise?

After field exam and tomography I was diagnosed scotoma in the left eye. 2 days ago hardly noticeble things started floating in my eye. Please advise?

Rule out anxiety: Is state of tension, apprehension, worry, uneasiness or fear. It may be related to anticipated danger or arise for no apparent reason. While mild episodes of anxiety are common and do not usually require treatment, more severe forms can be chronic and debilitating. See your PCP for evaluation and referral to a specialist. ...Read more

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I have a swollen area on the inside of my left eye on the white part only I have also been experiencing black spots floating around in my vision in both eyes what is causing it and what should I do about it?

I have a swollen area on the inside of my left eye on the white part only I have also been experiencing black spots floating around in my vision in both eyes what is causing it and what should I do about it?

Swollen: I am worried about the spots-- you may have a retinal tear or detachment. Seek care soon from your local ophthalmologist. The swollen area on your sclera should also be checked. ...Read more

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How do I treat the floating-fly (black dots) in my sight vision?, I been having them in my left eye for 2 years now.

How do I treat the floating-fly (black dots) in my sight vision?, I been having them in my left eye for 2 years now.

Floaters: They are most likely what are known as floaters. Floaters are condensations within the vitreous gel in the center of the eye. They can be annoying, but are usually not a significant problem. If you develop a shower of new floaters, particularly if seen with light flashes, that could indicate that you are developing a retinal tear or detachment, and you should be seen by an ophthalmologist asap. ...Read more

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First week of 4 drug TB treatment for ocular TB. Started to see eye floaters in left eye which have more infectious activity. Is this expected?

Opthalmology: Floaters are collagen fiber proteins floating in the vitreous effect the amount of light that hits the retina. Most of the time floaters are no concern to medical health. But, sudden increases in numbers of floaters especially when accompanied by flashes of light or vision loss on one side should be seen by ophthalmology immediately. Retinal detachment, Retinal tear or bleeding may be occurring. ...Read more

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I have eye floaters. They are like tiny bugs and spider nets and move up and down, left and right. I can also see them with my eyes closed. Is it normal?

Maybe: Floaters are common and usually of no concern. However you should have a dilated retinal exam to be sure. Occasionally floaters are sign of retinal disease, retinal tears or retinal detachment. ...Read more

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I have floaters and started seeing a green spot in my left eyes vision and a red one in my right eye. I only see them when looking to my left or right?

Floaters to look for: Floaters are usually nothing to worry about -- most people have some. But they can be a sign of inflammation in the eye or sometimes a sign of a retinal tear. If they are worsening or associated with lightning-like flashes of light then they should be checked out. Or if you are seeing lights in the center of your vision with floaters, that should be checked by an ophthalmologist as well. ...Read more

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I am slightly overweight, I have lots of floaters in my eyes, and my left big toe is slightly numb, do I have it?

You should see: A doctor for a complete work up. The two might be isolated episodes or you may have one problem that causes multiple symptoms i.E diabetes. ...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