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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

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How do I treat eye floaters naturopathically?

Easily: Since there is no actual treatment for floaters, then naturopathic remedies, offering no treatment anyway, can be used with no risk. If you have had the sudden onset of floaters you need your eyes evaluated by an ophthalmologist who can rule out any serious problem and discuss the prognosis of the floaters with you. ...Read more

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I'm wondering are eye floaters a big problem?

I'm wondering are eye floaters a big problem?

Maybe: Maybe not. You need an exam by an ophthalmologist to make sure they are benign floaters and not something associated with a bigger oroblem. ...Read more

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What makes eye floaters to become more disturbing?

What makes eye floaters to become more disturbing?

Age, inflammation: Age and inflammation/infection can commonly casuse the gel-like fluid (vitreous) in the eye to liquefy and break apart 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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What are some probable reasons for my eye floaters?

What are some probable reasons for my eye floaters?

Vitreous floater: You most probably have a vitreous floater. The clear gel that fills eyeball is normally attached to all parts of the inside of the eye. As we get older it can become more liquid (watery) and detaches from the back of the retina causing your "dirt" floater. This can also reult in a retinal tear or detachment you should see your eye doctor to check the retina for this or hemorrhage (blood). ...Read more

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Is having a lot of eye floaters potentially harmful?

Yes, potentially.: When lots of floaters appear, they may be associated with a retinal tear. The tear can evolve into a detachment which is harmful to vision. The actual floaters are made of proteins and are generally not directly harmful. On occasion they interfere with vision. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Eye floaters?

What is the definition or description of: Eye floaters?

Eye floaters: Are spots you notice visually that may vary in shape & are usually gray or black. ...Read more

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Are eye floaters normal for teenagers from time to time?

Are eye floaters normal for teenagers from time to time?

Not Unusual: The odds of it being serious are not high, but a good ophthalmologic exam is advisable to confirm. ...Read more

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Is there any risk in having eye floaters your whole life?

Yes, but small: Eye floaters are generally a common part of the aging process. Rarely, a floater may indicate an eye problem. New floaters or changes in your floaters should prompt an evaluation with your eye doctor. ...Read more

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Is it possible for everyone to have eye floaters but not know it?

Sometimes: To see floaters they must be in the central visual axis and the vision must be good enough for them to be viewed. A poorly sighted eye may have floaters but they will not be seen. And many floaters occur out of the visual axis and can be seen by your ophthalmologist but you will not notice them. ...Read more

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What are the causes of eye floaters in a 23yo female doesn't happen all the time?

What are the causes of eye floaters in a 23yo female doesn't happen all the time?

Have your eyes: Examined and make sure there is nothing significant going on. However, floaters are very common, they are little tissue remnants. They are annoying, but we just live with them. You get used to them over time. You urgently need to see an eye doctor if your vision is impaired by them, if you notice flashes of light in your peripheral vision or you have pain with your floaters. ...Read more

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What is the cure for eye floaters?

What is the cure for eye floaters?

"Serious" 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 are truly serious, most are associated with some other disease process like diabetes. Yag laser lysis is the other way, though less common and more difficult. ...Read more

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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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Is there a surgery for eye floaters?

Rarely done: For the vast majority of people, floaters become less and less bothersome over time, and they tend to move out of the line of sight. For those who are plagued by floaters where they interfere with the quality of life, vitrectomy surgery done by retinal specialists can remove floaters. The surgery has a high risk of cataract developing. A laser procedure can also be done: www. Eyefloaters. Com ...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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What are ways to prevent eye floaters?

Can't: Floaters occur naturally as the vitreous gel undergoes changes with aging. On occasion, floaters can be brought on suddenly by trauma. So avoid trauma. I know of no other solution to the problem. Sorry. ...Read more

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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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Docs, could a cold cause 'eye floaters'?

Docs, could a cold cause 'eye floaters'?

Eye floaters: The cause of the cold symptoms could also be associated with causing inflammation in your eyes. Most floaters are not a concern, but some require treatment. Its best to check in with an eye doctor for a dilated exam, especially if there is any decreased vision, pain, redness or flashing lights. Good luck. ...Read more

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Any connection to lorazepam and eye floaters?

Any connection to lorazepam and eye floaters?

No association: There is no association between this medication and eye floaters. It is possible that the medication may cause some blurry vision which could be perceived as a floater. ...Read more

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Eye Floaters (Definition)

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