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Is there a relationship between eye floaters and depression?

Is there a relationship between eye floaters and depression?

Depression: Depressed people (and those who are anxious) seem to be more aware of what goes on with their bodies. As a result, while there may be no scientific relationship, depressed people may report seeing floaters more than those who are not depressed. ...Read more

Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Depression (Definition)

Depression is a mood disorder that can affect behavior and emotions. Symptoms of depression include feeling down most of the time, losing interest in previously enjoyable activities, increase or decrease in appetite or weight, sleeping more or less, becoming easily agitated or lethargic, feeling worthless, feeling guilty, having difficulty concentrating, thinking more about death and dying. Depression can sometimes result in suicidal thoughts and plans. In this case, emergent ...Read more


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Will my eye floaters go away?

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 you live with eye floaters?

How do you live with eye floaters?

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. ...Read more

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Is it normal to see many eye floaters?

Is it normal to see many eye floaters?

Vitreous Floaters: The back part of the eye is filled with clear jelly-like substance called vitreous. As it begins to liquefy over time, some of the fibers and debris become visible, particularly against a white background. New floaters and a change in your normal pattern of floaters can be a sign a of retinal damage or a pvd. You should get checked by an ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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How can you minimize seeing eye floaters?

Floaters: Floaters are most easily seen on a clear day against a clear background. They are less visible in dim light or on a cloudy day. Sunglasses may help. There is no medicine or eye drop to get rid of floaters, and surgery is not recommended. Most floaters will improve with time. ...Read more

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How many people (%) experience eye floaters?

How many people (%) experience eye floaters?

100%: Sooner or later, we all get this due to degeneration of the vitreos gel. If it occurs suddenly, especially with flashes, see ophthalmologist promptly. ...Read more

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What does it mean if I'm seeing eye floaters?

What does it mean if I'm seeing eye floaters?

Floaters: Are very common in adults. They are typically caused by aging changes of the vitreous jelly that fills the back of our eyes. When this degeneration occurs, small pockets of liquid develop and the jelly pulls away from the retina (the lining of the back of the eye). A small piece of tissue gets pulled away (the floater). If this has developed recently, see your eye doctor to rule out problems. ...Read more

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Is it possible for one to get eye floaters from pain?

Is it possible for one to get eye floaters from pain?

1/: No. Floaters do not cause pain. However, you should see your ophthalmologist for this, as it is a signal that you may have a tear in your retinal, which may require treatment with a laser. ...Read more

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What kind of medication can you take for eye floaters?

What kind of medication can you take for eye floaters?

None I'm aware of.: Floaters are these small concretions that float about the vitreous fluid of the globe of the eye; they are quite common, some people are not aware they have them, but there are times quite noticeable when they float in front of the macula or the area of the retina where sight is focused. ...Read more

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How common are eye floaters for people in their thirties?

Common: Floaters are common in all age groups. New floaters should have a medical evaluation by an ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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Do you know how to reduce eye floaters that are bothering me?

Do you know how to reduce eye floaters that are bothering me?

Nothing to be done.: Eye floaters are a normal aging change of the interior of the eye. These normal floaters are rarely so debilitating that they would need to be removed by a process called vitrectomy. However, some floaters might be a sign of more dangerous problems such as bleeding from diabetic retinopathy, retinal detachment or inflammations of the eye interior. Any sudden change in floaters requires an exam. ...Read more

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Eye floaters and flashing lights, can the lights cause you to have floaters?

Eye floaters and flashing lights, can the lights cause you to have floaters?

Vitreous detachment: It sounds as if you have had a posterior vitreous detachment. This is a situation where the vitreous (jelly) of the eye detaches (not a retinal detachment), it then "crumples" up leaving dots, spots, strands of blurry vitreous; i.e. The "floater". You should have an exam to ensure the incident did not tear the retina, which could lead to a retinal detachment. Wait one year then consider surgery. ...Read more

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Why do I see spots and eye floaters?

Why do I see spots and eye floaters?

Due to vitreous cell: We can see the cells that are floating in our vitreous, occasionally in a bright day. But if anyone develops vitreous detachment, the floaters are more commonly seen and they are more in number.
Also people with disease of posterior part of their eyes may have more floaters. Like patients with diabetes, who has had bleeding in their eyes. ...Read more

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How does glaucoma cause eye floaters?

How does glaucoma cause eye floaters?

It does not cause it: Just like within the body there are many parts, although one organ, the eye is very similar with many parts as well. Where floaters occur in the eye is separate from the area where the effects of glaucoma occur, which is the optic nerve. Floaters are typically black spots that appear real like gnats in front of you. Vision loss from glaucoma is like dark patches in vision that don't go away. ...Read more

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Does lutein for eye floaters work well?

Does lutein for eye floaters work well?

No: It has no effect on eye floaters. There is no medication or vitamin that will have an effect on them. ...Read more

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Eye floaters in 18 years old, what is wrong?

Eye floaters in 18 years old, what is wrong?

Nothing: In people who are moderately nearsighted (-6.00 or worse) floaters can happen earlier in life. Trauma to the eye like being punched or having surgery can also make the process happen earlier. ...Read more

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I have some annoying eye floaters. How to treat them?

Floaters: Most common it is recommended to have an immediate exam when they first occur to rule out retinal 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. There is not much information and acceptance on using a yag laser to treat them, do internet search if you want more on yag. I do not recommend y. ...Read more

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What is the difference between scotomas and eye floaters?

What is the difference between scotomas and eye floaters?

Scotomas are blind: Spots. This becomes important if the blind spot increases in size, and this can be determined best with visual fields screening, as it can point to other causes that may not be known by just dilated fundoscopic exam alone. So, thanks for asking an important question, and glad you got a retinal exam, as your doctor must have given you a diagnosis, and prognosis. ...Read more

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Are there any drugs or dietary habits that causes eye floaters?

Floaters: Neither are effective. Floaters are due to a degenerative change that takes place in the vitreous fluid with aging. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of my eye floaters?

Surgery: Doctors are willing to perform such surgery only in rare instances when vision seriously is hampered. The only way to remove the vitreous and its specks and webs would be to remove the gel-like substance entirely from the eye through a vitrectomy procedure. Usually, the vitreous then is replaced with a saline liquid. ...Read more

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What do I do to get rid of eye floaters?

What do I do to get rid of eye floaters?

Depends: First question is have you had a dilated exam to make sure that the floaters are not accompanied by other findings such as retinal tears. As a retina specialist, I rarely recommend a vitrectomy for floaters. Usually they are not severe enough to require any treatment. Another option is yag vitreolysis. This doesn't always work either. That leaves you with adapting to them. ...Read more

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What's the best treatment for eye floaters?

Have them checked: Eye floaters, especially those of sudden onset may be a symptom of a serious ey problem, and should be checked by your eye doctor. If they turn out to be due to the normal changes in the vitreous gel that occurs with aging, the best treatment is to ignore them. Most will get better over time. ...Read more

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Any connection to blepharitis and eye floaters?

Any connection to blepharitis and eye floaters?

Not exactly: If the blepharitis is causing pellets of meibomian oil to float in your tear film that could be perceived as floaters. Dr clancy is correct that there is no connection with vitreous floaters. ...Read more

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What is an alternative medicine for eye floaters?

Unknown: None exist to my knowledge. They are a natural aging change and sometimes can be an emergency. I would see an ophthalmologist first to make sure it is not an emergency. Some doctors can do a laser to blast away the floaters. ...Read more

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Do you get more eye floaters from serious eye trauma?

Do you get more eye floaters from serious eye trauma?

Yes this is possible: Vitreous floaters or more serious bleeding inside eye or retinal detachment or retinal tears or retinal holes (e.g. Macular hole) may result after injury/contusion to eye. Post-traumatic new floaters should always be examined by an ophthalmologist (eye md) who examines eye trauma patients frequently to detect vision threatening injuries and recommend frequency of future eye exams. ...Read more

Dr. Keshav Narain
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Floaters (Definition)

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