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Some dr.'s say that floaters go away in time, some say they don't . Which one is it?

Some dr.'s say that floaters go away in time, some say they don't . Which one is it?

Floaters float!: Floaters are tiny clumps of gel or cells floating inside the vitreous, casting shadows on the retina. They are more visible when you look at the sky or a bright, evenly lit surface, and may look like little dots, circles, lines, clouds or cobwebs. You have always had some floaters since birth, even if you were not aware of them. New floaters come from tiny bits of retinal tissue. ...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 makes floaters?

What makes floaters?

Shadows: Floaters are the shadows cast onto the retina by particles in the vitreous humor. The vitreous is a gel-like substance that takes up most of the inside of the eye. At birth, it is relatively uniform and solid. Throughout life, it breaks down into liquid and contracts. As this process occurs, particles form in the vitreous. These particles cast shadows onto the retina which we perceive as floaters. ...Read more

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How long do floaters last for?

Depends: Depends on the cause of the floaters. Red blood cells from a small bleed may clear in days to months. Common vitreous floaters usually take months to years to fall down out of the visual axis. Be sure to ask your eye MD which type of floaters you have at your next visit. ...Read more

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How many floaters made each day?

How many floaters made each day?

Floaters: There is no good answer to this question. As we age, so does the vitreous gel in the eye. As it deteriorates, little pieces of the vitreous cast a shadow on the retina which is what you actually are seeing when you see a floater. People who are highly nearsighted tend to develop floaters earlier in life and they tend to be more bothersome. With the sudden onset of new floaters, call you eye md. ...Read more

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Do floaters appear in day light?

Do floaters appear in day light?

Sort of: Floaters are always present but can only been seen in certain conditions, like looking at the sky or a plain white piece of paper. ...Read more

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Can floaters go away in months?

No, but they can: sink or settle down below your visual axis, so it's not so bothersome. Since it occurs from changes associated with the eye as we age, it's a normal process, and not to be of much concern unless you are seeing a whole curtain of floaters occurring obstructing your vision. That would be a sign of a retinal tear. ...Read more

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Are having "floaters" dangerous?

Yes, potentially: Having new or worse floaters and/or flashing lights could indicate a serious retinal condition like a retinal tear or retinal detachment. You must get examined, sooner rather than later, to rule this out. ...Read more

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Can there be 2 kinds of floaters?

Floaters: Are basically opacities that float around in the vitreous jelly that fills the back of our eyes. They typically occur in adults with aging and develop when the vitreous separates from the retina. Floaters can vary in size and shape so they may vary from eye to eye. Floaters also can occasionally be caused by blood in the vitreous. If you recently developed floaters, then see your eye doctor. ...Read more

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Are seeing floaters in your vision bad?

Can be!: You need to see an ophthalmologist to see if any cause of this. ...Read more

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How many floaters are considered normal.

Numbers are not: What you need to be concerned with the health of your eyes. See an eye doctor. Vision is so important that you don't want to mess around with counting angels on pins. Best of luck - it may be no big deal, but look into it. ...Read more

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Can the wrong perscription give floaters?

No: Floaters in the eye have several causes. The most common cause is degeneration of the vitreous fluid. The floaters gradually get worse, and persist. Sudden increase in floaters may be caused by vitreous separation (detachment) and may associated with a retinal tear or detachment, and eye exam is advisable. In both of these situations, the floaters persist. ...Read more

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Is it bad to have floaters at a young age?

Is it bad to have floaters at a young age?

Not necessarily: Floaters are very common, especially in people who are nearsighted or myopic. You need to be concerned about a retinal tear or even a retinal detachment if you have a sudden shower of floaters, see a flashing light, or have a curtain or veil come over your vision. If you have any of these symptoms you need to see an eye md asap. ...Read more

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How long do floaters take to disappear totally?

Does not go away : Floaters in the eye are debris that remain for ever. Either they disappear from the visual axis to your blind spot or our brain is doing a good job to avoid it. ...Read more

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How come i get floaters when looking at the sky?

How come i get floaters when looking at the sky?

Vitreous detachment: Floaters are caused by the vitreous (jelly in the eye) detaching from the retina (typically a normal change in the aging eye). The vitreous clumps up or develops blurry areas within the jelly causing your floater. Yes they can be a warning sign. If when the vitreous changes, causing floaters, the retina is torn you are at risk for a retinal detachment. You should have and examination. ...Read more

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Why can I see floaters in front of walls or sky?

Because that's when: They are easiest to see. They are always present but you cannot see them unless you get the clutter of the world out of the way. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Floaters?

What is the definition or description of: Floaters?

Floaters: Floater = 0ptical debris in vitreous body or lens that appears as a spot in one's visual field . ...Read more

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Why is there no medical injection to cure floaters ?

Why is there no medical injection to cure floaters ?

Surgery may help: There are surgeons in increasing numbers who will remove floaters. It is only worth the risk if your floaters are constant, and are staying in the center of your vision. ...Read more

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How many people have the translucent type of floaters?

How many people have the translucent type of floaters?

Translucent floaters: Large floaters that appear as a small circle or some other geometric shape usually represent the pulling away from the back of the eye of the posterior part of the vitreous gel and is called posterior vitreous detachment, not to be confused with retinal detachment. However if this occurs suddenly with or without flashing lights, you should be evaluated by your eye md. ...Read more

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What to do if I am seeing flashes of lights & floaters?

Get eye exam: Flashes and floaters are a sign of a problem with the retina and/or vitreous in the eye. Call an ophthalmologist today for evaluation. ...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