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What makes eye floaters to become more disturbing?
4 doctors weighed in

Dr. Amir Khan
Sports Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Amir Khan
Dr. Amir Khan
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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology
In brief: Probably benign
Floaters are common and become more so in middle years (age 45-70).
Isolated 1-3 floaters without vision change, without flashes of light and without seeing a leafy vein pattern are probably not a problem. If any of these occurs, see an ophthalmologist. The presence of a floater or two alone without accompanying symptoms usually is not a problem.

In brief: Probably benign
Floaters are common and become more so in middle years (age 45-70).
Isolated 1-3 floaters without vision change, without flashes of light and without seeing a leafy vein pattern are probably not a problem. If any of these occurs, see an ophthalmologist. The presence of a floater or two alone without accompanying symptoms usually is not a problem.
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Dr. Richard Bensinger
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Dr. Michael Ham
Ophthalmology
In brief: Floaters
They can shift or move to a different location in the vitreous, causing symptoms that you notice more with activities of daily living.

In brief: Floaters
They can shift or move to a different location in the vitreous, causing symptoms that you notice more with activities of daily living.
Dr. Michael Ham
Dr. Michael Ham
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