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Side Effects Of Eye Floaters
Eyes dry despite artificial tears. Constant floaters Vision unclear. Considering plugging tear ducts n vitreolysis. Any side effects or risks?
Tear duct plugs good: You should be using the tear drops 6 times a day and nght time gel (Refresh PM or Genteal gel) will be helpful. If that fails have the punctal plugs put in. Another option would be Restasis but it is expensive. Floaters usually clear with time and vitreous surgery is not indicated. An exam by an ophthalmologist is needed with the floaters to make sure there is no tear in the retina. ...Read more
Does the eye surgery to take out floaters involve side effects of light sensitivity and vision distortion?
Surgery?: Floaters are not generally treated with surgery unless associated with retinal detachment or surface wrinkling retinopathy. Laser has been used to break up annoying large floaters leaving annoying small floaters instead. As floaters are usually not harmful, and time usually results in dissipation and less annoyance, they are mostly left alone. Vitreous surgery can cause distortion and discomfort. ...Read more
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?
Age related change: The vitreous (connective tissue of the eye) becomes more liquid in people who are nearsighted or during the process of aging - then eye floaters may develop. It can also be a sign of retinal detachment, which need immediate medical attention, . ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Floaters cause: Floaters arise when the vitreous gel inside the eye liquefies naturally with age and sometimes earlier in life due to 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. New floaters should be examined under dilation. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Usually no: Floaters are usually due to changes in the vitreous (gel like protein inside eye) due to protein changes that forms clumps. If you have a burst of new floaters, flashings, or a curtain coming over your vision, see eyeMD asap: otherwise most floaters are normal or due to a PVD (posterior vitreous detachement: that rarely leads to a retinal hole/tear/detachment. More info: email@example.com ...Read more