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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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I wore neck hard collar, when I dropped my phone I suddenly bent over to pick it and I saw floaters for4 seconds n felt as if my eyes were pulled back.

I wore neck hard collar, when I dropped my phone I suddenly bent over to pick it and I saw floaters for4 seconds n felt as if my eyes were pulled back.

Floaters: It may just have been that when you bent over there was decrease blood supply due to hard collar and flexion. Could visit optometrist (like Lenscrafters/ Hour eyes) and they can look into your eyes to check for tears, which is the greatest concern. Sometimes sinusitis/sinus pressure can cause floaters. Call you doc today and discuss positions with hard collar. ...Read more

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I recently found out I have birthmark at back of my eye. I also experience eye floaters and am wondering if there is a connection?

I recently found out I have birthmark at back of my eye. I also experience eye floaters and am wondering if there is a connection?

Most birthmarks are: Stable, and your retinologist or eye doctor/surgeon can tell for sure. If it's flat and has remained unchanged, then it's less likely to be causing any floaters. If you have a retinal detachment, you could see massive amounts of floaters. But the usual one or two floaters are usually not related to these birthmarks. It's from the vitreous humor aging & changing, and causing shadows on the retina. ...Read more

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Lots of floaters after eye infection. But mine seem to be large and chang their shape as I move eyes back an forth. Do floater stretch out in a line?

Lots of floaters after eye infection. But mine seem to be large and chang their shape as I move eyes back an forth. Do floater stretch out in a line?

Floaters may be: Either linear or circular or both. Their physical location and size and shape in large part determine the effects that they have in a person. It is always best to have the eye examined when there are new floaters since retinal tears frequently occur at the same time. If there is a tear in the retina, it may progress to a detachment without treatment. ...Read more

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Got a cut below my eyebrows a few days ago. Went to doctor and got it glued back together. As it's healing I have been starting to see eye floaters.

Got a cut below my eyebrows a few days ago. Went to doctor and got it glued back together. As it's healing I have been starting to see eye floaters.

See ophthalmologist: The cut seems to be doing fine, but the force of the blow to make the cut might have impacted the eye leading to disruption of the fluids in the back. There is a small risk of retinal detachment when new floaters develop. At your age this is not common but serious if it does happen. Check with an ophthalmologist very soon and get this looked at. ...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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Memory issues, bowel issues, lower back and hip pain, floaters in eyes, weak, joint pain,? I don't know what's going on?

Memory issues, bowel issues, lower back and hip pain, floaters in eyes, weak, joint pain,? I don't know what's going on?

Varies: All those things may or may not be related. Starting with a good check up my your medical doctor may be a good start. Possibly getting a rheumatology evaluation to look for a systemic problem might be a consideration as well. ...Read more

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Hi I am having tingling in feet and hands, left side back of head has tension headache also left eye has occasional floaters. Please let me know what this could mean?

Hi I am having tingling in feet and hands, left side back of head has tension headache also left eye has occasional floaters. Please let me know what this could mean?

It could mean...: ...that you should see your Physician or Urgent Care as soon as possible. You need to be evaluated, especially in light of your neurologic symptoms. Please make arrangements now. ...Read more

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Have IIH. Constant eye pain, floaters, grey/white sparkles in periph. Right ear pain, green snot right nostril. Pressure at back of head. What is this?

Have IIH. Constant eye pain, floaters, grey/white sparkles in periph. Right ear pain, green snot right nostril. Pressure at back of head. What is this?

Migraines: IIH may be red herring and symptoms are more indicative of migraines. Try prophylactic treatment for migraines. Discuss with your neurologist. ...Read more

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Tingling hands, tingling feet badly, sore lower back, dry eyes, seeing floaters. I have low thyroid on levo 100mcg but still in pain why?

Tingling hands, tingling feet badly, sore lower back, dry eyes, seeing floaters. I have low thyroid on levo 100mcg but still in pain why?

Totally unrelated: Hi. Those symptoms have nothing to do with your (treated and presumably normalized) hypothyroidism. The thyroid, more than any other endocrine system, gets blamed for everything. Even if your thyroid function is nowhere near normalized (which, on that dose, is unlikely), those symptoms having nothing to do with your thyroid. Mention them (symptoms) to your doc for other ideas. Good luck! ...Read more

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Phlegm sensation at back of throat coming from sinus, can't cough out feels thick (stuck) feel like vomiting, no runny nose, but dizziness eye floaters?

Phlegm sensation at back of throat coming from sinus, can't cough out feels thick (stuck) feel like vomiting, no runny nose, but dizziness eye floaters?

Phlegm: Sounds like you have a post nasal drip. try taking mucinex, (guaifenesin) and avoiding dairy foods for a while and see if this helps. Uncontrolled gastritis could also cause post nasal drip. Do you have gerd or sour sensation, heart burn. Then I would suggest you take prilosec 1 tablet a day. ...Read more

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My doc won't do diagnostic tests for my symptoms I have fungal problems digestive problems excessive sweating fatigue back pain nausea anxiety and panic attacks night sweats chest pain weight loss eye floaters severe pmt im 34 female what tests should I as

My doc won't do diagnostic tests for my symptoms I have fungal problems digestive problems excessive sweating fatigue back pain nausea anxiety and panic attacks night sweats chest pain weight loss eye floaters severe pmt im 34 female what tests should I as

See your eye doctor: For your symptoms of floaters you should see your eye doctor right away to see if it's the sign of a serious problem. As for your other symptoms, they should warrant some further testing. If you feel you're not getting the proper care from your primary physician, you should consider changing doctors, or go to your local emergency room. Chest pain can be a symptom of a very serious problem. ...Read more

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Is it unusual to have floaters in your eyes in your 30s?

Is it unusual to have floaters in your eyes in your 30s?

Part of aging: Floaters are 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. Constant floaters can be a warning that there are changes in the retina like a tear or detachment. Get it checked out. ...Read more

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What are eye floaters?

What are eye floaters?

Debris in back of ey: 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. ...Read more

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What causes eye floaters?

What causes eye floaters?

The Vitreous: 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. ...Read more

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Why do eye floaters exist?

Why do eye floaters exist?

Floaters: The vitreous degenerates with normal aging. Floaters/ debris occurs as it turns from a formed, to a fluid state. You should ideally be examined by an ophthalmologist or a retinal specialist when you have new floaters. ...Read more

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Why do we get eye floaters?

Why do we get eye floaters?

Age related change: 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, . ...Read more

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Will my eye floaters go away?

Not likely: Eye floaters r little pieces of solidified fluid that the eye globe is filled with (vitreous fluid). When they form, they float around and you will only be aware of them when they float in front of that part of the retina (optic nerve) that is the focus of light that allows us to see. They generally don't go away, and once u know what they are, may not be too bothersome. C eye doc annually. ...Read more

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How do I ignore eye floaters?

How do I ignore eye floaters?

Floaters: 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). ...Read more

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What is done for eye floaters?

Dr. J Sebag Dr. Sebag
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What is done for eye floaters?

Vitrectomy Surgery: Irb-approved studies have shown that minimally-invasive vitrectomy under local anesthesia in an ambulatory surgery center can be performed in 5 to 10 minutes, heal in 1 to 2 weeks, and permanently cure floaters without complications [no infection, glaucoma, hemorhhage, retinal tears or detachments in 75 consecutive cases].
Sebag j: am j ophthalmol 152:3-4, 2011; am j ophthalmol 152:1077, 2011. ...Read more

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What makes eye floaters worse?

Eye floaters: Typically floaters are composed of protein pre-cipitates in the vitreous. These arise naturally with age, but can occur early due to certain conditions in which the vitreous is abnormal. Violent agitation of the vitreous is one way that floaters may arise and seem worse. Injection of medication in the eye for conditions like macular degeneration is also a cause. ...Read more

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Is it bad to have eye floaters?

Usually innocent: Vitreous floaters commonly develop as the eye ages, a process called vitreous syneresis. However, if floaters abruptly occur with/without light flashes, an examination is important to rule out any underlying problems with the retina. Floaters may also arise from intraocular hemorrhage orinflammation. Sometimes migraine auras are perceived as floaters, but are actually due to cerebral blood flow ch ...Read more

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Could everyone have eye floaters?

Could everyone have eye floaters?

See below: To some extent, everyone has eye floaters. New or worse eye floaters, flashing lights, and/or loss of peripheral vision require an urgent dilated retinal exam however. ...Read more

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How do you live with eye floaters?

How do you live with eye floaters?

You just do, unless?: Floaters commonly and gradually develop over ones' life. They may be a nuisance, but adaptation to them is the norm. Unless a sudden occurrence of floaters with erratic light flashes &/or dark curtain blocking part of vision, then floaters are observed. If you do experience the above, then seek an eye md for evaluation. ...Read more

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What is the cause of eye floaters?

What is the cause of eye floaters?

Aging, mostly: Most of the time floaters appear as a natural consequence of getting older, like seeing the first wrinkle in your forehead. If, however you see floaters that weren't there before, or if you have flashes of light in the periphery of your vision, it's best to get checked out asap by an eye md (ophthalmologist) to rule out retinal tears, which can lead to (vision-threatening) retinal detachments. ...Read more

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Are eye floaters a serious problem?

Are eye floaters a serious problem?

No not at your age: Normal aging changes of the eye unless you see a curtain of them streaming down obscuring your vision. Then that's an EMC situation. ...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