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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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Dr. Keshav Narain
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Floaters (Definition)

Floater = 0ptical debris in vitreous body or lens that appears as a spot in ...Read more


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What does it mean to have eye floaters and small lightning streak that lasts for 2 seconds?

What does it mean to have eye floaters and small lightning streak that lasts for 2 seconds?

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. The lightning streak occurs with traction or pulling on the retina. See a retinal specialist. Avoid retinal detachment. ...Read more

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I have 2 eye floaters. One stays still while the other long one moves and changes shape constantly. Also mild pain. They both appeared suddenly.

I have 2 eye floaters. One stays still while the other long one moves and changes shape constantly. Also mild pain. They both appeared suddenly.

Eye floaters: the fact that one moves and the other does not makes me think the non moving one is NOT a floater. You need an eye doctor to examine your eyes esp the retina in the back of the eye. Good luck. Stupid question but any chance you got a small spot of mascara on the cornea of your eye like when changing contact lenses? Have seen that before. Please see eye doctor. ...Read more

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I have developed very severe eye floaters and can no longer work and rarely go outdoors. Should I consider a vitrectomy? It's been over a year now.

I have developed very severe eye floaters and can no longer work and rarely go outdoors. Should I consider a vitrectomy? It's been over a year now.

Eyes: I went through 5 pair of glasses at age 6. Now at age 72 I am taking much more care of my vision and doing OK as a doctor. You must have your Primary doctor refer you to an Eye specialist! ...Read more

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Can looking at a laptop for too long cause eye floaters?

Can looking at a laptop for too long cause eye floaters?

No: But the contrast of the monitor can bring out your pre-existing floaters and make them more obvious. If your floaters are truly new, however, you must get a dilated retinal exam. Looking at a laptop too long can cause worse dry eye since your blink rate during computer work is less. ...Read more

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If you have eye floaters do you eventually go blind(over a long period of time)?

Rarely: Eye floaters can be an early cue to some vision threatening conditions so the appearance of these should be cause for an eye examination by an ophthalmologist (not an optometrist). But most causes are benign so the presence does not inevitably lead to blindness. ...Read more

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My friend is having eye floaters since last 5 years and he is getting irritation with it. Is there any medical treatment apart from surgery?

My friend is having eye floaters since last 5 years and he is getting irritation with it. Is there any medical treatment apart from surgery?

Little but surgery: Surgery is a last resort and is only considered when the floaters are continuous, prevent normal vision and interfere with lifestyle. A few very anteriorly placed floaters can be dispersed with laser treatment. There is no medical treatment for floaters. ...Read more

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I'm 19 girl, myopic -2.5 both eyes,spec only within 2 years,engaged in reading all time, from last 6 months eye floaters annoying,is it danger?? Help

I'm 19 girl, myopic -2.5 both eyes,spec only within 2 years,engaged in reading all time, from last 6 months eye floaters annoying,is it danger?? Help

Not to worry: Your myopia is not a high degree. Reading can be good for the mind and is not harmful to your eyes - keep it up. Floaters are common, at worst annoying but only indicative of harm if they suddenly appear with dozens of floaters and light flashes You are not doing anything dangerous. If you still are worried, you could have an examination by an ophthalmologist (not an optometrist). ...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?

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?

Observation: Most floaters are benign and can be annoying but not dangerous. A few, especially of recent onset can be a clue to underlying retinal problems like detachment and bleeding. If your floaters are new, see your ophthalmologist for diagnosis. ...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

Dr. Richard Scartozzi
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Eye Floaters (Definition)

are spots you notice visually that may vary in shape & are ...Read more