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Is It Common For Teenagers To Have Eye Floaters
I have eye floaters in both eyes, have noticed them from being a teenager now in my early 30's, they seem more pronounced should I get them checked?
Not Unusual: The odds of it being serious are not high, but a good ophthalmologic exam is advisable to confirm.
Common: Floaters are common in all age groups. New floaters should have a medical evaluation by an ophthalmologist.
Yes, sometimes: Floaters are due to imperfections in the clear gel inside the eyeball, and tend to become noticeable as a person ages. Floaters occur in many people, and sometimes are more noticeable if one is looking at a plain blank surface such as a blue sky. Large numbers of floaters, noticeably increasing floaters, flashes of light, changes in vision, etc..., should be evaluated by an md eye doctor.See 1 more doctor answer
How common are eye floaters in people under 40? Can physical over-exertion, rubbing eyes or swimming goggles be causes?
How common are eye floaters in a 22year old male? Do every one have eye floaters? Does the doctor answering also have eye floater?
Very common: Hello Eye floaters are very common issues and if the amount is low/not noticeable every day than it is nothing to be worried about. Almost everyone has some amount of floaters and yes I too have floaters. Noticed them for about 20 years in myself.
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.See 2 more doctor answers
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.See 2 more doctor answers
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).See 1 more doctor answer
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.
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 chSee 1 more doctor answer
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.See 2 more doctor answers
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