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What causes floaters and are they dangerous or warning signs?

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Dr. William Goldstein
Ophthalmology
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In brief: See an eye doc soon!

Possible warning sign for retinal tearing, bleeding or detachment.
See an eye doctor as soon as possible.

In brief: See an eye doc soon!

Possible warning sign for retinal tearing, bleeding or detachment.
See an eye doctor as soon as possible.
Dr. William Goldstein
Dr. William Goldstein
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Dr. Michael Ham
Ophthalmology
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In brief: Vitreous detachment

Floaters are caused by the vitreous (jelly in the eye) detaching from the retina (typically a normal change in the aging eye).
The vitreous clumps up or develops blurry areas within the jelly causing your floater. Yes they can be a warning sign. If when the vitreous changes, causing floaters, the retina is torn you are at risk for a retinal detachment. You should have and examination.

In brief: Vitreous detachment

Floaters are caused by the vitreous (jelly in the eye) detaching from the retina (typically a normal change in the aging eye).
The vitreous clumps up or develops blurry areas within the jelly causing your floater. Yes they can be a warning sign. If when the vitreous changes, causing floaters, the retina is torn you are at risk for a retinal detachment. You should have and examination.
Dr. Michael Ham
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Dr. Richard Scartozzi
New or worse floaters require a dilated retinal exam to rule out retinal tears and/or retinal detachments right away.
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