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What makes floaters?

What makes floaters?

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

Dr. Keshav Narain
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Floaters (Definition)

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


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What causes floaters and are they dangerous or warning signs?

What causes floaters and are they dangerous or warning signs?

See an eye doc soon!: Possible warning sign for retinal tearing, bleeding or detachment. See an eye doctor as soon as possible. ...Read more

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What causes floaters? Thyroid?

What causes floaters? Thyroid?

Floaters: A posterior vitreous detachment causes floaters. This is a situation where the vitreous (jelly) of the eye detaches (not a retinal detachment), it then "crumples" up leaving dots, spots, strands of blurry vitreous; i.e. The "floater". You should have an exam to ensure the incident did not tear the retina, which could lead to a retinal detachment. Wait one year then consider surgery. ...Read more

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What causes floaters in the eyes?

What causes floaters in the eyes?

They are shadows: A shadow is created when light hits anything floating inside your eye. You see this shadow as a floater. Floaters are most often benign, but can possibly be serious. You should have a complete eye exam from an eye md. ...Read more

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What do floaters in your eyes look like?

What do floaters in your eyes look like?

Different: Problem is that floaters can come in clusters and in different sizes and shapes. Makes it hard to say what one looks like. There are some good simulations on youtube, but they only represent one person's interpretation. The appearance thus varies and can change over time also. Also a great idea to get your eyes examined if you have floaters. ...Read more

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Do you know what causes floaters in your eyes?

Do you know what causes floaters in your eyes?

Syneresis: Is the name of the process of breakdown of the jelly in the eye. This occurs as the eye ages. As it does, pockets of liquid form within the jelly. The formerly invisible jelly now becomes visible. This makes the floaters you see. Uncommonly, floaters are caused by an infection or bleeding in the eye. People with new floaters should get a prompt eye exam. ...Read more

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What causes daily floaters/flashers and other visual problems?

What causes daily floaters/flashers and other visual problems?

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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I know what floaters are I have them. This is different. When I wake in morning or get woke suddenly I see a black spider. Which goes away in a fe?

Normal: You are seeing the vascular supply in the back of your eye. The pattern of light when you just wake up can cause this to appear momentarily. It actually is a sign of good visual health. ...Read more

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What are eye floaters?

What are eye floaters?

Debris in back of ey: Floaters are debris, usually from eye renewal or condensations of the vitreous gel which fills the back of the eye. If they are located in the axis of vision, they may be seen in certain circumstances as floating objects in space like flying insects. If they appear suddenly or there are many or you have light flashes associated, then see your ophthalmologist immediately. ...Read more

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What causes eye floaters?

What causes eye floaters?

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. ...Read more

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What makes eye floaters worse?

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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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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Can someone explain to me what floaters in the eye means?

Can someone explain to me what floaters in the eye means?

Floaters: Floaters arise when the vitreous gel inside the eye liquefies naturally with age and sometimes 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. Lastly, get an exam to make sure that there are no tears in the retina. ...Read more

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What are the floaters that I see sometimes when I close my eyes (are they inside the eye)?

Floaters in eye: Floaters in one or both eyes are generally benign. However, they can be distressing and anxiety provoking. I would encourage you to see an opthamologist (eye specialist) who is the specialist best qualified to determine the origin of the floater, rule out glaucoma and other optic diseases, and start the best treatment for your particular problem. ...Read more

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Hi. My right eye seems to have what is called floaters. Isn't that what you get only when you are older? I'm only 17. Is this serious?

Hi. My right eye seems to have what is called floaters. Isn't that what you get only when you are older? I'm only 17. Is this serious?

Floaters: Your description sounds like floaters in the vitreous jelly inside your eye. These are common with age, near-sightedness, trauma, inflammation, and other issues. They rarely affect vision and the brain ignores them with time. If you develop a large increase in floaters, flashing lights, changes in vision, then you need to see an eye doctor to rule out retinal issues. ...Read more

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Seeing 1 black dot in left eye for about 2 weeks now it's there all time, no matter where I look it appears I know what floaters are this is all time?

Seeing 1 black dot in left eye for about 2 weeks now it's there all time, no matter where I look it appears I know what floaters are this is all time?

Floater: If a floater yes, it could be stuck in the bursa pre macular is area. Many times will move away or you will get used to it. But it could be from something else more serious. So go see an ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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What can cause floaters at my age other than retina/vitreous related problems? I have 6/6 vision, no trauma, inflammation ever, 3 opthas said perfect eyes

What can cause floaters at my age other than retina/vitreous related problems? I have 6/6 vision, no trauma, inflammation ever, 3 opthas said perfect eyes

Floaters: It's good to hear that your eye examination is normal. Vitreous opacities are normal to see & discover on examination. The important distinction is evaluating normal floaters from abnormally occurring floaters. The latter would require diagnosed problems with your eyes. You've indicated a normal exam. Visual phenomena seen as floater-like disturbances may be from migrainal-type events too. ...Read more

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What causes eye floaters in a 19 year old? I have dealt with them for many years but they keep increasing. I saw 2 eye doctors who said retina was ok

What causes eye floaters in a 19 year old? I have dealt with them for many years but they keep increasing. I saw 2 eye doctors who said retina was ok

You just do, unless?: Floaters commonly and gradually develop over ones' life, & are due to aging. They may be a nuisance, but adaptation to them is the norm. If the floaters arise from a sudden burst, with erratic light flashes &/or dark curtain blocking part of vision, then likely pathological. Otherwise floaters are observed. If you experience the above OR NEW changes, then seek an Eye MD for RE-evaluation. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if an eye doctor checks your eyes and says they are perfectly healthy, what can cause floaters in your vision?

Can you tell me if an eye doctor checks your eyes and says they are perfectly healthy, what can cause floaters in your vision?

Commonly floaters: Are from the loss of clarity of the gel-like substance inside your eye (vitreous). This is a natural process in most patients and does not require treatment. Your doctor was checking for retinal tears or retinal detachments that can sometimes be associated with new floaters. Retinal issues would require treatment. Be well. ...Read more

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What causes eye floaters, metal taste, jaw cracking and left ear ringing?

What causes eye floaters, metal taste, jaw cracking and left ear ringing?

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

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What's an eye floater?

What's an eye floater?

Liquefied vitreous: The gel (vitreous) that fills in side of you eye liquefies, usually in our 50/60's, but can occur earlier in eyes that are near sighted or after an injury. New floaters warrant an exam to rule out a retinal detachment or hemorrhage ...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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I recently got new glasses, during exam I was asked about floaters what does that mean?

Floaters: "Floaters" are vitreous particles, and most people can occasionally see them in the "corner" of their eyes. However, an acute increase in the amount of these particles can be indicative of a more serious condition, a detaching retina. Other signs can be an acute change in visual acuity or flashes of light in the periphery of the eye. Call you eye doctor immediately with any of these. Good luck. ...Read more

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I was bombarded with "floaters". What can I do to get rid of them?

See below: You must see an eye doctor right away if you have new or worse floaters as this could indicate a serious problem like a retinal tear or detachment. You really can't get rid of them, though sometimes they can improve over time depending on the cause. ...Read more

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What are the treatments for floaters in the eye?

Floaters are a Pain: While floaters may be a true aggravation, they are not something that your eye physician will get too concerned about, after checking for retinal tears. Floaters commonly occur in people with myopia -see well close up, but poorly for objects far away. When they first appear, they are more annoying, especially while reading, as they dance repeatedly back and forth in the same area of one's vision. ...Read more

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What are the treatments for floaters in the eye at 40?

Floaters: Most common it is recommended to have an immediate exam when they first occur to rule out retinal detachment. If there are only floaters, then wait a year and if they are still symptomatic then consider a vitrectomy to remove the vitreous and floaters. There is not much information and acceptance on using a yag laser to treat them, do internet search if you want more on yag. I do not recommend. ...Read more

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See lots of floaters. What is affecting my eyes?

See lots of floaters. What is affecting my eyes?

Floaters: It sounds as if you have had a posterior vitreous detachment. This is a situation where the vitreous (jelly) of the eye detaches (not a retinal detachment), it then "crumples" up leaving dots, spots, strands of blurry vitreous; i.e. The "floater". You should have an exam to ensure the incident did not tear the retina, which could lead to a retinal detachment. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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What is done for eye floaters?

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What is done for eye floaters?

Vitrectomy Surgery: Irb-approved studies have shown that minimally-invasive vitrectomy under local anesthesia in an ambulatory surgery center can be performed in 5 to 10 minutes, heal in 1 to 2 weeks, and permanently cure floaters without complications [no infection, glaucoma, hemorhhage, retinal tears or detachments in 75 consecutive cases].
Sebag j: am j ophthalmol 152:3-4, 2011; am j ophthalmol 152:1077, 2011. ...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