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Weiss Ring Floaters
I have large Weiss ring floaters in each eye. Is there a procedure that can safely remove or break them up.
Weiss floaters: Weiss floaters are nearly always associated with posterior vitreous detachment. These floaters can be treated by laser ablation although the number of op docs who can do this is a bit restricted. You need a good dilated exam because PVD often precedes retinal detachment. ...Read more
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
I am considering laser to treat my floaters. Extreme including large Weiss ring. What is your opinion on this procedure? Thank you!
How long does a weiss ring take to go away? Why doesn't it float away like the other little floaters that you get. Thank you. I had it checked by my ophthalmologist, so I don't have any tears. It is in the center of my visual field and is driving me nut
Weeks to months: The weiss ring will always be present the rest of your life whenever an ophthalmologist looks in your eye. Your brain, however, over time should learn to ignore it and it will be less noticeable. Rarely the floaters do not disappear. If it is really debilitating, a retina surgeon can perform a vitrectomy to remove the vitreous floaters. Few ophthalmologists may also use a laser to treat floaters. ...Read more
Had visual migraine 6 days later developed eye floaters after, seeing halos and comets and starbursts around lights at night rainbow ring around light?
Examination time: You need to make an appointment with an ophthalmologist for a dilated examination. You may have had a classic migraine, but the onset of spots/floaters could mean something different, like a retinal tear, vitreous detachment, or some other ocular issue. The starbursts & halos could be a refractive error, cataract, dry eyes or other. Bottom line is an examination to diagnose your symptoms. ...Read more
I have been getting ringing in my ears, fuzzy vision, see black floaters, leg pains mainly in lower legs. What could it be?
TMJ CRACKING: You need to have your eyes examined by an ophthalmologist (eye doctor) and your ears by an otolaryngologist (ear doctor) to make sure there are no problems from them. The jaw cracking is from the jaw cartilage being out of place and when you open the head of the jaw bone pops onto the cartilage causing the cracking sound. Since the jaw joint is in front of the ear it will cause the ringing in the ears. ...Read more
Dizziness and increase in eye floaters in bright light. Retina normal eyes close to 20/20 optometrist said. Slight ring in ears and popping sometimes?
Had STD testing (blood draw) done for HIV which was "non reactive". I have eye floaters and lately white rings/ coated tongue. What is going on?
Vitreous detachment: Floaters are usually secondary to vitreous detachment from the retina. This is a normal aging process and it can start as early as teens in a highly nearsighted person to into the 60's. But when you first notice it u need to see an eye md to make sure there are no retinal tears. Your mouth lesions may be candida and from a lot of stress and not necessarily HIV related. See your primary md. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
No: Floaters in the eye have several causes. The most common cause is degeneration of the vitreous fluid. The floaters gradually get worse, and persist. Sudden increase in floaters may be caused by vitreous separation (detachment) and may associated with a retinal tear or detachment, and eye exam is advisable. In both of these situations, the floaters persist. ...Read more
Not necessarily: Floaters are very common, especially in people who are nearsighted or myopic. You need to be concerned about a retinal tear or even a retinal detachment if you have a sudden shower of floaters, see a flashing light, or have a curtain or veil come over your vision. If you have any of these symptoms you need to see an eye md asap. ...Read more
Vitreous detachment: Floaters are caused by the vitreous (jelly in the eye) detaching from the retina (typically a normal change in the aging eye). The vitreous clumps up or develops blurry areas within the jelly causing your floater. Yes they can be a warning sign. If when the vitreous changes, causing floaters, the retina is torn you are at risk for a retinal detachment. You should have and examination. ...Read more
Translucent floaters: Large floaters that appear as a small circle or some other geometric shape usually represent the pulling away from the back of the eye of the posterior part of the vitreous gel and is called posterior vitreous detachment, not to be confused with retinal detachment. However if this occurs suddenly with or without flashing lights, you should be evaluated by your eye md. ...Read more