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Large Floaters Swirling In My Vision
What neurological diseases could be the cause of having a large amount of floaters in your vision for years? Thanks :)
I've had 2 post vitreous detachments this year - now have large floaters, which can obstruct my vision. I'm told vitrectomy is too risky. Suggestions?
I have floaters in vision, In bright light they are more prominent and blurry. When younger big polyps removed? Left nostril generally blocked
I wake up with large "floaters" in my left eye along with cloudy/blurred out vision. It almost feels and looks like grey grocery bags that float over.
Large dark floater in right eye & today developed floater in left eye. Retinas ok but floaters are distorting vision. Would cognitive therapy help?
Keep getting a large floater in my vision it comes and goes and isn't perminate. It's black and sometimes white and I get little flashes.
Checkup: You are probably correct identifying this mobile spot in you vision as a floater. It's a good idea, however, to have you eyes examined to reassure that it is normal. Sometimes conditions arise that can cause increases in floaters that may need to be treated, such as a retinal tear. The flashes of light that you're experiencing may indicate that the retina is being tugged on by separating floaters ...Read more
Yes: Visual field testing will occasionally pickup small areas of visual field depressions if the floater is particularly large and thick, as some patients may have. Since they move, a repeat visual field should also show the depression to have moved. I would not however expect a large visual field abnormality from a floater and certainly l recommend an exam to rule out any problems by an eye md. ...Read more
After having cataract surgery, I now have a large "floater" which came from the back of my eye. It is blocking part of my vision. What can be done?
Call: Call the physician who performed the cataract procedure immediately! ...Read more
Lightning bolts: Patients describe them differently: flash bulbs like from a camera, lightning bolts, arcs of light, etc. ...Read more
I have been experiencing floaters with my vision that started appearing for a week. Is this a serious problem?
I am 17 and sometimes I get a bit of floaters in my vision, should I be worried, they disappear after a while though?
Why do I have a massive amount of floaters around my vision ever since I was born and they haven't disappeared not even for one day. Is this weird?
Seen ophthalmologist: What has an ophthalmologist said? If you've had this condition since birth and it hasn't really impeded your vision then, clinically it should remain stable. Origin though would only be something an ophthalmologist can tell you about as to whether they represents physical particulate matter inside the globe itself or something else. ...Read more
Floaters.: Floaters are small vitreous opacities that arise when the vitreous gel inside the eye liquefies naturally with age. This may occur due to aging, trauma, inflammation, or even high myopia. The floaters may consist of protein precipitates. Though the vitreous gel inside the eye is clear, it is composed of a complex matrix of collagen proteins that undergo changes with age. These are floaters. ...Read more
Possible retinal: If you have increasing floaters, especially with light flashes and diminishing vision, you should see your ophthalmologist without delay as there is a possibility of a retinal detachment which could be serious and needs a quick fix. Other conditions can also do this so get a diagnosis as soon as possible. ...Read more
Urgent situation: The most likely cause is either a retinal tear, a detachment or a vitreous hemorrhage. Usually the vitreous will collapse sometime during our life, and usually before age 60, and can cause any of the above to be associated with it. It is very important to call an ophthalmologist and be seen urgently. There may be other causes but these would be the most concerning to be checked. ...Read more
Why would I have light flashes and floaters in my vision for over 3 months, they haven't gone away?
Flashes/floaters: These symptoms occur as we get older and the firm vitreous gel gets more liquefied. The process in which the gel separates from the retina is called posterior vitreous detachment. While it is occurring, there may be pulling on the retina by strands of vitreous. When this occurs, the retina transmits the sensation of flashes to the brain. Prolonged pulling causes prolonged flashes. ...Read more
When I turn my head one way and then face forward I see "stars", silvery things spinning in my vision, not floaters. Why is that?
Synchesis: It is possible that you have deposits in your vitreous from birth entitled synchesis scintillans which can be seen in certain light angles such as the maneuver that you indicate. These are benign and rarely cause any problem. The next time you have an ophthalmologist exam, ask if these are present. ...Read more
I keep getting a black dot in my vision and sometimes it's a black fuzz like a light and I have been getting floaters a lot lately?
Ophthalmologist: See one to rule out a retinal tear. ...Read more
I have lots of floaters in vision after having had a petechial hemmorhage. Is it possible for floaters to go away, or am I stuck with floaters forever?
The vitreous humor is ideally a clear gel like material that allows light to pass perfectly through to the retina. Floaters are essentially debris inside the vitreous.
Sometimes they settle down and go out of your visual axis so you don't notice them - other times they continue to be an annoyance.
You should be examined by an ophthalmologist to make sure you don't have a retinal detachment. ...Read more