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What's the difference between eye floaters and entoptic phenomena?
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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology
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In brief: Different cause
Floaters are debris suspended in the vitreous which can be seen in the proper light if they are near the central visual axis.
Entoptic phenomena are natural and interesting objects in the visual view - the most common being the "flying corpuscle" view of your actual blood vessels in the center of the back of the eye. They are not pathologic.

In brief: Different cause
Floaters are debris suspended in the vitreous which can be seen in the proper light if they are near the central visual axis.
Entoptic phenomena are natural and interesting objects in the visual view - the most common being the "flying corpuscle" view of your actual blood vessels in the center of the back of the eye. They are not pathologic.
Dr. Richard Bensinger
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Dr. Michael Ham
Ophthalmology
In brief: Floaters
Floaters would be a cause of what they refer to as entoptic phenomena.
Entoptic phenomena are visual effects whose source is within the eye itself. Floaters are blurred areas of jelly withing the eye causing visual affects most commonly referred to as "floaters".

In brief: Floaters
Floaters would be a cause of what they refer to as entoptic phenomena.
Entoptic phenomena are visual effects whose source is within the eye itself. Floaters are blurred areas of jelly withing the eye causing visual affects most commonly referred to as "floaters".
Dr. Michael Ham
Dr. Michael Ham
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