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Dr. Keshav Narain
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Floaters (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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How common is it for people to see a field of floaters and flashing lights in their eyes?

How common is it for people to see a field of floaters and flashing lights in their eyes?

Common: Very common! you should have an exam to make sure there are no tears or holes in the retina or a retinal detachment. ...Read more

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Has anyone ever had a floater field in their eyes?

Indeed, yes!: Flashes and floaters are very common, most often representing posterior vitreous separation and are usually not harmful. Much less frequently, a sea of floaters or light show of flashes can indicate a retinal tear or detachment. These should all be checked out by an eyemd! ...Read more

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I know floaters cannot be completely cured. What are some dietary recommendations to significantly improve eye health and minimize floater symptoms?

I know floaters cannot be completely cured. What are some dietary recommendations to significantly improve eye health and minimize floater symptoms?

Floaters arise as we: Age and are a natural consequence of liquefaction of the vitreous gel. They are harmless but annoying. They can occur in diabetes as hemorrhages or inflammation. Maintaining a healthy diet in general can reduce risk of getting diabetes, but there is no special food that dissolves the floaters. ...Read more

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Recently had thorough eye health check from optician about a small, fixed, persistent fuzzy shape in right eye, they suggested floater, sound right?

Recently had thorough eye health check from optician about a small, fixed, persistent fuzzy shape in right eye, they suggested floater, sound right?

Could be: Be sure that the doctor did a dilated exam of the back of the eye. They would have put in drops and had you wait 15-30 minutes for the drops to have worked. ...Read more

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67yo with spot in vision. No flashing or h/a can see peripherally ok. Could this be just a floater. Keep rubbing eye no luck. No pain.

67yo with spot in vision. No flashing or h/a can see peripherally ok. Could this be just a floater. Keep rubbing eye no luck. No pain.

See Eye Dr. soon: If a spot always appears in the SAME place in the center of your visual field, rather than just floating by, you may have a problem with the Macula in that eye. This is a small area of your retina that allows you to see fine detail clearly. Such as reading fine print or threading a needle. The main causes are: age related macular degeneration and macular hole or pucker. SEE http://bit.ly/1tiadJy ...Read more

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When I rub my eye is see a circle of light. Is this normal? I do have floaters and have been worried that I have seen some light flashes but not sur

When I rub my eye is see a circle of light.  Is this normal?  I do have floaters and have been worried that I have seen some light flashes but not sur

Yes, but: Don't rub your eyes! Here, rubbing the eyes sends a pressure wave through your eye back to your retina which then mechanically stimulates the photoreceptors of the retina to send a signal of a light flash or circle of flashes back to the brain. So you seem to "see" the circle of light that is actually not there. Same pressure wave can also tear weak parts of retina or scratch surface of the eye. ...Read more

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Eye floaters what does it mean when i see light flashes?

Eye floaters what does it mean when i see light flashes?

Retina needs exam: Floaters are usually a very benign finding and a normal aging change as the vitreous jelly in the eye pulls away from the retina. Floaters are potentially more worrisome as it often indicates the vitreous jelly is pulling on the retina and may be a sign of a retinal tear or retinal detachment. You need to schedule an eye exam to include dilation of your pupils to examine the entire retina. ...Read more

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Can anyone explain me how u see flashes of lights i only see eye floaters not flashes of light how it can be visible?Wat they look like?

Mostly older folks: Most flashes of light originating within the eye are due to the semi-fluid vitreous fluid jiggling the underlying retina. The retina has no nerves of pain, motion, pressure, etc. It can only register a light signal and will do so under this stimulus. It appears usually as a streak of light peripherally. Since this can also occur with retinal detachment, it is useful to see an ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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For a while i've had eye floaters with pvd; recently, flashes with cough or move head in peripheral right vision; at times see shadow rgt eye peri.

For a while i've had eye floaters with pvd; recently, flashes with cough or move head in peripheral right vision; at times see shadow rgt eye peri.

See an eye doc ASAP: It sounds like you had a vitreous detachment (pvd)which is very common after age 50 or earlier if the person is myopic or had h/o an eye trauma. 90% people of the time the person has no issue except floater and occasional flashes for 2-4 months. About 10% of the patients may develope retinal tear or detachment. Since you have a new symptoms with periph shadow you need to see an ophth asap. ...Read more

Dr. Sadiqa Stelzner
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