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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)

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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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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What can be done for a floater?

What can be done for a floater?

Surgery and floaters: Vitrectomy works for bad floaters. Although it carries risks, it is associated with reasonably good outcomes to get rid of floaters. The reality is that most floaters are not serious enough to warrant a vitrectomy. Of the floaters that I have seen that are truly serious, most are associated with some other disease process like diabetes. Yag laser lysis is the other way. ...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?

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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Can a weiss ring floater cause fog?

No: A floater is a shadow created by something floating inside the eye. A weiss ring may retain its ring shape or break or twist, but can only create a shadow of its shape. If you see a fog, you may be seeing shadows created by other floaters or even floating blood. If this is new, you need to see your eye md asap. ...Read more

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