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Treatments For Eye Floaters
Have them checked: Eye floaters, especially those of sudden onset may be a symptom of a serious ey problem, and should be checked by your eye doctor. If they turn out to be due to the normal changes in the vitreous gel that occurs with aging, the best treatment is to ignore them. Most will get better over time. ...Read more
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. No pills! ...Read more
Floaters research no: I am a vitreoretinal surgeon and am not aware of any major research on floaters. The options to treat floaters in young patients are limited. Older patients may be candidates for vitrectomy surgery depending on severity of floaters. Most doctors advise waiting to see if they improve on their own. They are not harmful. Discuss options with your eye doctor. ...Read more
I have eye floaters. Annoying to stay with it. Wondering if there's any treatment and if any tips on slowing growth?
No: Floaters in the vitreous cavity of the eye, although at times annoying, are degenerative changes in the vitreous humor where the collagenous skeleton breaks down and begins to float around in the liquefied gel. These spots (fibrillar, and veil-like) cast shadows on the retina as you move your eye. No treatment exists except when floaters arise from intraocular diseases that require a vitrectomy. ...Read more
I am 18 years old and I am suffering from eye floaters? Is there any treatment? Will they go away? And why have they formed some early in my life?
Unsure: There appears to be a doctor in virginia and one in florida. There has been a lot of talk about this proceedure over the past 10 years. Essentially you use a laser to break the floater in small pieces and hopefully it will not bother you or settle out of the way. Do internet search "yag laser for floaters". My opinion at this time - wait a year, and if still a "big" problem consider vitrectomy. ...Read more
Is there anything promising currently in clinical development in terms of an injectable enzyme for treatment of eye floaters? Ocriplasmin seems to be a step in the right direction, albeit indirectly.
Enzyme for floaters.: Unfortunately, the ocriplasmin enzyme has very specific indications and really would not work for getting rid of floaters. The problem is in finding something strong enough to hydrolyze the floaters but not harm the eye. I am not aware of any research currently being done to treat floaters this way. ...Read more
I've been having these things called Eye Floaters for more than 5 months. I see a lot of them, especially on bright areas such as the sky or a bright light. Can I go blind from the Eye Floaters? Do they go away naturally or do I have to get treatment?
First week of 4 drug TB treatment for ocular TB. Started to see eye floaters in left eye which have more infectious activity. Is this expected?
Opthalmology: Floaters are collagen fiber proteins floating in the vitreous effect the amount of light that hits the retina. Most of the time floaters are no concern to medical health. But, sudden increases in numbers of floaters especially when accompanied by flashes of light or vision loss on one side should be seen by ophthalmology immediately. Retinal detachment, Retinal tear or bleeding may be occurring. ...Read more
Long time: There is nothing good on the horizon unfortunately. ...Read more
"Serious" floaters.: Vitrectomy works for bad floaters. It carries risks like cataract, but may have reasonably good outcomes. 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. It is less invasive, but less effective also. Don't forget dilated exam first! ...Read more
Why black eye floaters seen after i-lasik and can they go away completely without treatmeni in how much time?
Get your eye dilated: Floaters can be a sign of serious eye problems, including retinal detachment. Go see your eye doctor, and have your eye dilated. Floaters may take weeks or months to disappear. There are a few surgeons who will do floater removal surgery if the floaters are constant and don't go away on their own. ...Read more
Floaters are caused by particles floating in the vitreous (jelly of the eye) casting a shadow on the retina. With time they usually settle to the bottom of the eye and out of the vision.
New onset floaters should be examined by an opthalmologist asap to rule out retinal tear, hole, detachment. ...Read more
"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
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
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
Time: Most symptoms from floaters will diminish to a tolerable level with time. Patients will notice them in certain lighting situations or activities. Vitrectomy surgery markedly increases the risk of cataract formation and the small but real risk of retinal tear and detachment. Surgery is only indicated if floaters are severely diminishing your ability to perform activities of daily living. ...Read more
Possibly but...: Degenerative changes happen in the vitreous gel of the eye (vitreous syneresis) as we age. This is a benign process when the floaters are not attributed to pathological conditions (torn retina, hemorrhage, inflammation). Although a nuance at times, they are best ignored or tolerated by people. Dissolving or surgically eliminating them is not without risks. Future developments are possible. ...Read more
Any medicine or tablets to cure eye floaters I can afford a surgery any minerals vitamin calcium tablets please tell me thanks?
Treating floaters: There is no cure for benign floaters. No medications or supplements will help. Fortunately with time, floaters to become less noticeable and problematic. Any sudden change in floaters, especially if accompanied by flashing light, is an emergency. Otherwise, just try your best to live with it. Surgical treatment for floaters would be very expensive and not without significant risk. ...Read more
Can taking antioxidant, taurine, hyaluonic acid, omega 3 cure my eye floaters, having floaters past 1 year, eye normal checked by retina specialist.
My friend is having eye floaters since last 5 years and he is getting irritation with it. Is there any medical treatment apart from surgery?
Have had Eye floaters for almost a year. No pain but they aren't going away, ever. Sort of annoying but I don't know how to get rid of them.
Have your eyes: Examined and make sure there is nothing significant going on. However, floaters are very common, they are little tissue remnants. And yes, 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
I have eye floaters in both eyes, have noticed them from being a teenager now in my early 30's, they seem more pronounced should I get them checked?
I am 18 and suffer from eye floaters. What I don't know is the cause of eye floaters? All the causes mentione dodn't apply to me. What is it?
Should I use a high contrast or low contrast tint to reduce perception of crystal eye floaters when out in the sun? Don't see them when inside house
Polariazed: Any polarized tint will work.Get a more detailed answer ›
I have had increase in number of eye floaters. What should I do? Please don't advice to ignore them or get my eye checked for retinal tears as its done.
See below: If you had a retinal check, and there's no retinal pathology, then that's great. If your symptoms get worse however, you must have a repeat dilated retinal exam. There is nothing you can do otherwise to rid yourself of floaters short of vitrectomy surgery which is not a good option in this circumstance. ...Read more
Went to opthalmologist today bcuz I have lot of eye floaters come out of nowhere, im only20 and never had them. I got test and they couldn't find cause?
I have had eye floaters for a few years now. Haven't seen a dr because I thought it was due to pregnancy but they aren't going away. Will they go away?
Possible problem: Floaters are frequently benign and come and go but can represent an eye problem such as a problem with the retina which is necessary for good vision. With your age and history you give, your floaters are probably benign. Being as you have not seen an eye doctor you should make a point of seeing one and having your eyes properly checked. It is not wise in medicine to make assumptions about anything ...Read more
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