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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Stress (Definition)

Stress affects most people in some way. Acute (sudden, short-term) stress leads to rapid changes throughout the body. Almost all body systems (the heart and blood vessels, immune system, lungs, digestive system, sensory organs, and brain) gear up to meet perceived danger. These stress responses could prove beneficial in a critical, life-or-death situation. Over time, however, repeated stressful situations put a strain on the body that may contribute to physical and psychological problems. Chronic (long-term) stress can have real health consequences and should be addressed like any other health concern. Fortunately, research is showing that lifestyle changes and stress-reduction techniques can help people learn ...Read more


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Are my eye floaters stress-related?

Are my eye floaters stress-related?

Floaters: Eye floaters are not typically stress related. They are usually related to thickening of the jelly in the back of the eye which occurs with age, trauma, near-sightedness, inflammation. See an eye doctor for further evaluation. ...Read more

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Can eye floaters be cause by stress? And or watching too much tv!

Can eye floaters be cause by stress? And or watching too much tv!

Neither: Floaters are due to variations in the anatomy of structures in the back of the eye and are opacities in the vitreous. Stress and TV or computer viewing will not affect them one way or the other. ...Read more

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Seeing eye floaters after several months of high stress, emotionality, anger. Just a coincidence? Opth says part of normal aging process & not related

Seeing eye floaters after several months of high stress, emotionality, anger. Just a coincidence? Opth says part of normal aging process & not related

Coincidence: Floaters are caused by tissue debris in the fluid spaces in the eye in front of the retina. They are not caused by stress or emotions. Trust you ophthalmologist, he/she is correctly advising you. ...Read more

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Can stress cause floaters in both eyes. My eye docs found no other cause.

Can stress cause floaters in both eyes. My eye docs found no other cause.

Stress doesn't cause: Floaters, common in older agers, is caused natural changes in the vitreous fluid in the back of the eye, accelerated by trauma and more common in myopes. Stress has no effect on this, although the appearance of floaters is sometimes stressful. ...Read more

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What makes eye floaters worse?

Eye floaters: Typically floaters are composed of protein pre-cipitates in the vitreous. These arise naturally with age, but can occur early due to certain conditions in which the vitreous is abnormal. Violent agitation of the vitreous is one way that floaters may arise and seem worse. Injection of medication in the eye for conditions like macular degeneration is also a cause. ...Read more

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Why are my eye floaters getting bigger and worse?

Why are my eye floaters getting bigger and worse?

See opthalmologist: Age and inflammation can commonly casuse the gel-like fluid (vitreous) in the eye to liquefy and detach leading to loose floaters. More than 50% of 80 year olds will have a vitreous detachment. 40 % of people with posterior vitreous detachments who also experience light flashes can have a 15% chance of developing a retinal tear. Therefore see an opthalomologist immediately. ...Read more

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Eye floaters, vision slightly worsening, over 1-2 years?

Eye floaters, vision slightly worsening, over 1-2 years?

Probably nothing: Sounds like typical floaters due to the normal liquifying of the vitreous gel. But go to ophthalmologist to rule out rarer stuff. ...Read more

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Since I started wearing glasses, my eye floaters got worse. is there something wrong with me?

Since I started wearing glasses, my eye floaters got worse. is there something wrong with me?

Not related: Worsening of eye floaters is not related to glasses. You should see an ophthalmologist to determine why you have worsening eye floaters. Most of the time, eye floaters are due to benign changes in the vitreous, the jelly in the center of your eye, but occasionally, floaters are due a serious eye problem. Only a thorough exam can determine this. ...Read more

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What exactly are eye floaters? Can they cast off large shadows? Been having floaters and now it seems like there getting worse and casting shadows.

What exactly are eye floaters? Can they cast off large shadows? Been having floaters and now it seems like there getting worse and casting shadows.

If new, need exam: Floaters in the eye have several causes. The most common cause is degeneration of the vitreous fluid. The floaters gradually get worse, and persist; these are degenerative fosters. Sudden increase in floaters may be caused by vitreous separation (detachment) and may associated with a retinal tear or detachment, and an urgent eye exam is advisable; these are acute floaters. ...Read more

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Why do eye floaters exist?

Floaters: The vitreous degenerates with normal aging. Floaters/ debris occurs as it turns from a formed, to a fluid state. You should ideally be examined by an ophthalmologist or a retinal specialist when you have new floaters. ...Read more

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Why do we get eye floaters?

Why do we get eye floaters?

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 more

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Are eye floaters a serious problem?

Are eye floaters a serious problem?

No not at your age: Normal aging changes of the eye unless you see a curtain of them streaming down obscuring your vision. Then that's an EMC situation. ...Read more

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Is it possible to clear eye floaters?

Is it possible to clear eye floaters?

Yes: Typical they will clear or the symptoms will dissipate with time. If not you can consider surgery called a vitrectomy. Discuss this option with your eye specialist / retina surgeon. ...Read more

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What is the main cause of eye floaters?

What is the main cause of eye floaters?

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 more

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Should I be worried about eye floaters?

Should I be worried about eye floaters?

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: eyedoc2020@blogspot.com ...Read more

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I only see eye floaters when im outside ?

I only see eye floaters when im outside ?

Bright light: Floaters don't come and go. Sometimes the ambient light is brighter and enables you to perceive them. An eye evaluation is advisable. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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


Dr. Richard Scartozzi
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Eye Floaters (Definition)

are spots you notice visually that may vary in shape & are ...Read more