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Can rubbing the eyes white area make floaters worse?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
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In brief: Alteration position

Rubbing the eyes may shift the position of pre-existing floaters a bit although they will reposition themselves in between.
Unless the rubbing is so vigorous that you induce further floaters, this will not change the basic pattern you are experiencing. If you see many new floaters, or flashing lights or the vision changes, see your ophthalmologist without delay.

In brief: Alteration position

Rubbing the eyes may shift the position of pre-existing floaters a bit although they will reposition themselves in between.
Unless the rubbing is so vigorous that you induce further floaters, this will not change the basic pattern you are experiencing. If you see many new floaters, or flashing lights or the vision changes, see your ophthalmologist without delay.
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