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I'm 16 yrs old. Why would I get floaters in both my eyes suddenly? My eye doc looked around really good and said I have healthy eyes, and wasn't worried

I'm 16 yrs old. Why would I get floaters in both my eyes suddenly? My eye doc looked around really good and said I have healthy eyes, and wasn't worried

Usually normal: Most people notice the fibrils of collagen in the vitreous humor of the eye as floaters. Myodesopsia is normal and occurs because the fibrils cast a shadow on the retina. After a while, your brain ignores them, and they seem to disappear. They sometimes occur in certain eye diseases. See an eye doctor if you are concerned or if the floaters appear as many small dots.

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Floater = 0ptical debris in vitreous body or lens that appears as a spot ...Read more


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Headaches, eye floaters, blurry spots, fatigue and zoning out... What could this be from? Help!

Headaches, eye floaters, blurry spots, fatigue and zoning out... What could this be from? Help!

Multiple causes: Eye floaters are normal, however if you are noticing blurry spots in your vision, you should have an ophthalmologist examine your eyes to determine the cause. The other symptoms (depending on what you mean by "zoning out") could be caused by an ophthalmic migraine, but they are not related to the floaters and should be reported to your internist.

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Have eye floaters, fatigue, low blood pressure, terry's nails and excesive thirst. What can be the problem? Thank you

Have eye floaters, fatigue, low blood pressure, terry's nails and excesive thirst. What can be the problem? Thank you

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).

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My doc won't do diagnostic tests for my symptoms I have fungal problems digestive problems excessive sweating fatigue back pain nausea anxiety and panic attacks night sweats chest pain weight loss eye floaters severe pmt im 34 female what tests should I as

My doc won't do diagnostic tests for my symptoms I have fungal problems digestive problems excessive sweating fatigue back pain nausea anxiety and panic attacks night sweats chest pain weight loss eye floaters severe pmt im 34 female what tests should I as

See your eye doctor: For your symptoms of floaters you should see your eye doctor right away to see if it's the sign of a serious problem. As for your other symptoms, they should warrant some further testing. If you feel you're not getting the proper care from your primary physician, you should consider changing doctors, or go to your local emergency room. Chest pain can be a symptom of a very serious problem.

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Is it unusual to have floaters in your eyes in your 30s?

Is it unusual to have floaters in your eyes in your 30s?

Part of aging: Floaters are a consequence of protein particles drifting within the vitreous fluid of our eye. They are common and harmless most of the time. If new or associated with other symptoms like flashes, the eye should be examined for retinal problems. Constant floaters can be a warning that there are changes in the retina like a tear or detachment. Get it checked out.

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Can floaters in both eyes be fixed?

Can floaters in both eyes be fixed?

Depends on the cause: It depends what caused the floaters. For most people, vitreous floaters can disappear over a period of weeks to months - eventually the brain "tunes out" the floaters so they're not very visible. Unfortunately, other floaters may then form over time. However, floaters can also be a sign of serious retinal problems - for any new or changes in floaters, see an md immediately.

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What could cause spots and floaters in my eyes?

What could cause spots and floaters in my eyes?

The Vitreous: The vitreous is composed of a clear liquid called hyaluronic acid and fibers called collagen. As we age the vitreous becomes less solid and the collagen fibers become more visible (synuresis). The spots you see are these collagen fiber clumps. They do not cause harm to the eye, they just get in the way. If they are very prominent and reduce visual function they can be removed with a vitrectomy.

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Could floaters in my eyes stop me from being a pilot?

Could floaters in my eyes stop me from being a pilot?

Unlikely: If an eye examination by an ophthalmologist shows no pathology in the back of the eye, and you qualify in other regards, you could try and become a pilot.

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Is there anything I can do for floaters in my eyes. It is driving me crazy!?

Is there anything I can do for floaters in my eyes. It is driving me crazy!?

See an eye doctor: Floaters can have several causes. Most commonly, the gel that fills the back of the eye starts liquifying (this is normal) and develops cracks that fill with water. Bits of gel fall into these cracks and bounce around. Other causes include inflammation, retinal tears and even detachments. Any new or worsening floaters require a dilated eye exam to rule out more serious causes.

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How common is it for people to see floaters and flashing lights in their eyes?

How common is it for people to see floaters and flashing lights in their eyes?

Floaters are common: But any sudden change in floaters, or associated flashing lights should be evaluated emergently.

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I have been diagnosed with floaters, around 3-4 in both eyes. What should I do.

I have been diagnosed with floaters, around 3-4 in both eyes. What should I do.

Be observant: Of any changes to your vision such as flashes of light, shadows or dark areas in the vision or a curtain coming over your visual field. The floaters are not dangerous but indicate that the gel in the eye is changing. When this happens, there can be small tears in the retina that can painlessly result in formation of a detachment. If you have new symptoms, then you should repeat eye exam.

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How common is it for people to see a field of floaters and flashing lights in their eyes?

How common is it for people to see a field of floaters and flashing lights in their eyes?

Common: Very common! You should have an exam to make sure there are no tears or holes in the retina or a retinal detachment.

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Something is wrong with my eyes? Big areas of floaters float by in both. Mostly when looking at screen.

Something is wrong with my eyes? Big areas of floaters float by in both. Mostly when looking at screen.

Floaters: Most of us eventually develop a small floater or two. If you have large ones affecting your vision, see an ophthalmologist for a thorough exam and possible solutions to the problem.

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How often should my eyes be examined after I start seeing floaters? I'm 55 and have very high degree of short sightedness.

How often should my eyes be examined after I start seeing floaters? I'm 55 and have very high degree of short sightedness.

Soon: Floaters are common, especially in people who are nearsighted. However, if you have a sudden onset of new floaters, and/or flashes of light, or decreased vision, you should be evaluated immediately to make sure you have no retinal problems.

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If I have flashes of light in the corner of my eyes and seeing floaters, what should I do? Can something be done to stop this?

If I have flashes of light in the corner of my eyes and seeing floaters, what should I do? Can something be done to stop this?

See Ophthalmologist: You should be evaluated by an ophthalmologist within 48 hours of developing symptoms of flashing lights and new floaters. These symptoms suggest that a posterior vitreous detachment is occurring and may put you at risk for a retinal tear or detachment.

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Floaters in both eyes. Sometimes aren't noticeable, but other times are very prominent. Many floating across vision. Is this normal?

Floaters in both eyes. Sometimes aren't noticeable, but other times are very prominent. Many floating across vision. Is this normal?

Yes: Almost certainly at your age, you are seeing what a termed entoptics. This is a normal patterning of the white cells in the blood vessels in the back of your eyes. This is normal.

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Today I saw floaters in BOTH my eyes for the first time. 11 days ago I dropped a dumbbell on my head. Could that have caused the floaters?

Today I saw floaters in BOTH my eyes for the first time. 11 days ago I dropped a dumbbell on my head. Could that have caused the floaters?

Concerning symptom: Floaters after a head injury are almost always something that needs further evaluation and possible treatment. These can be the result of a small amount of bleeding in the back of the eye related to bleeding around the brain (so-called Terson's syndrome), a retinal detachment, a blood clot in one of the venous sinuses, or injury to the occipital lobe. I would see an ophthalmologist, soon.

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Why would I have gotten a web of floaters over a few days? I went to 2 ODs and they both said my eyes were fine and looked really healthy.

Why would I have gotten a web of floaters over a few days? I went to 2 ODs and they both said my eyes were fine and looked really healthy.

Might be OK but.: Your best bet for something like this is to see and ophthalmologist - the real eye doctors. ODs largely are interested in selling contacts and glasses and cannot give the final word on something like this. On the other hand, you are only 16 and serious issues with webs and floaters are very uncommon at your age. Nonetheless, see and ophthalmologist for this.

Dr. Richard Scartozzi
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Eye Floaters (Definition)

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