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What Causes Floaters In The Human Eye
Vitreous aging: Floaters are due to more dense areas in the vitreous humor, a gelatinous substance in the eye behind the lens and anterior to the retina. These changes can occur as an age related phenomenon. Sometimes floaters can be associated with retinal abnormalities. Go and get a dilated eye exam. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Opth says eye rubbing didn't cause floaters but some websites including healthtap say otherwise. Who to believe?
Vitreous debris: Most commonly floaters are caused by an infolding of the vitreous humor, aka a posterior vitreous detachment. Other causes can be infection and vitreous hemorrhage. New floaters (or flashing lights) always demands an urgent dilated retinal exam. A veil or curtain in your visual field is an ocular emergency and may be a retinal detachment. Floaters can be benign or very serious. See an eyemd. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My eye has ached all week and seems to have increased floaters. What would cause this? Hurts to look to the far right.
Floaters are painles: Floaters are not usually associated with pain. Pain with eye movement is usually either from the flu or optic neuritis. Optic neuritis would typically cause a reduction of vision. Floaters can indicate a vitreous separation or retinal tear which could lead to a retinal detachment which is also painless but is accompanied by a loss of peripheral vision. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Visualizing small: opaque or translucent objects in your vision can be indicative of vitreous floaters. This is a consolidation of the vitreous gel, composed of water & protein, that has detached itself from the retinal inner lining and now is floating above the retina. One can see the shadow of the floater cast upon the retina. If you are experiencing a new floater please see your retina specialist. ...Read more
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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