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Is it bad to have eye floaters?

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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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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Could it be something bad if I have eye floaters?

Could it be something bad if I have eye floaters?

Possibly: Floaters are caused by the gel in the back of the eye breaking into smaller pieces that become visible in bright lighting. New floaters or an increased number of floaters should be evaluated as they can also be mimicked by retinal tears or detachments. See an eye doctor as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Is having laser zapping to get rid of eye floaters bad?

Is having laser zapping to get rid of eye floaters bad?

I don't think so: I used to look at the procedure with skepticism but now have seen a few patients who really benefitted. It doesn't work for all types of floaters. It takes some time also. Overall, it appears to be safe in trained hands with very low incidence of complications. I have never seen the much feared complications, but they exist and should be discussed. Procedure works best for certain types. ...Read more

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I have really bad eye floaters constantly. Saw eye doctor and had MRI... All normal. What can this be?

I have really bad eye floaters constantly. Saw eye doctor and had MRI... All normal. What can this be?

Floaters are common: Floaters are usually caused by the jelly inside the eye (the vitreous) undergoing a normal change called syneresis. This creates liquid areas within the gel that house protein cellular debris. When you get in the right lighting situation, this debris casts a shadow onto the retina (the part of the eye that is like film in a camera). Floaters tend to occur earlier in people who are more nearsighted ...Read more

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I have an eye fracture and since I have eye floaters and flashes of light and bad vision that i didn't have before and iam only 20 years old what todo?

I have an eye fracture and since I have eye floaters and flashes of light and bad vision that i didn't have before and iam only 20 years old what todo?

Requires eye exam: You presumably had a serious injury resulting in your fractured eye socket. In all cases of peri ocular/ocular trauma, an urgent eye examination is necessary. Your flashes ; floaters could mean that the inner part of your eye has had some damage, eg., retinal tear/detachment , vitreous hemorrhage, traumatic cataract, inflammatory problems, etc. Please seek help by eye md. ...Read more

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Sinusitis, chest pain, eye floaters, headache joint pain, bad circulation, constant flu. Work as laser technician, two colleagues have lymphoma. We have extraction but i still breathe in fumes. ?

A lot of symptoms!: You need a medical workup to try to sort out all of these issues. I would suggest you seek a doc who will take your issues seriously and pursue a workup consisting of a thorough history and physical exam, as well as laboratory and possibly some imaging studies. You have too many issues going on to venture any useful answers without the process that i mentioned. ...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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