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I have floaters in my eyes. The optometrist was unable to find them. Should I be concerned about the long-term health of my eyes?

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Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology
6 doctors agree

In brief: Floaters

Although the classic definition of floaters refers to small fragments of vitreous within the eye, some visual phenomena can occur which resemble floaters-- an example of this would be migraine with aura or an ocular migraine.

In brief: Floaters

Although the classic definition of floaters refers to small fragments of vitreous within the eye, some visual phenomena can occur which resemble floaters-- an example of this would be migraine with aura or an ocular migraine.
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Dr. Pedro Hernandez
Internal Medicine - Geriatrics
4 doctors agree

In brief: No

Although floaters may be associated to retinal disease like detachment if the optometrist saw your retina (dilated eye exam) they likely ruled it out.
Most likely your floaters are benign.A study reported in the journal of the american medical association in late 2009 found that sudden presence of eye floaters and flashes means that one in seven people with these symptoms will have a retinal tear.

In brief: No

Although floaters may be associated to retinal disease like detachment if the optometrist saw your retina (dilated eye exam) they likely ruled it out.
Most likely your floaters are benign.A study reported in the journal of the american medical association in late 2009 found that sudden presence of eye floaters and flashes means that one in seven people with these symptoms will have a retinal tear.
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Dr. Stephen Hamilton
Ophthalmology
3 doctors agree

In brief: No

As long as there are no retinal tears i would not be concerned.
Floaters are easier to see by the patient than the doctor and are considered normal unless there is a sudden change or accompanied by flashes of light or diminished vision.

In brief: No

As long as there are no retinal tears i would not be concerned.
Floaters are easier to see by the patient than the doctor and are considered normal unless there is a sudden change or accompanied by flashes of light or diminished vision.
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Dr. William Goldstein
Ophthalmology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes and No

It is fairly rare for floaters to be visible to the doctor, even though they may seem to be very visible to you.
The real concern is the possibility of retinal tears and detachments. Hopefully, your optom did a very thorough exam of the retina, all the way around the inside of the eye. If not, find an ophthalmologist to re-examine you.

In brief: Yes and No

It is fairly rare for floaters to be visible to the doctor, even though they may seem to be very visible to you.
The real concern is the possibility of retinal tears and detachments. Hopefully, your optom did a very thorough exam of the retina, all the way around the inside of the eye. If not, find an ophthalmologist to re-examine you.
Dr. William Goldstein
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Dr. Ilan Cohen
Ophthalmology

In brief: Not necessarily

Dark floaters are a common occurence.
As the jelly inside the eye breaks down over time, it casts shadows onto the retina resulting in the perception of floaters. You should certainly have a dilated examination the first time you notice them, if there is a sudden increase, if you see flashes of light or if you have a change in vision. Other than that, follow up as advised by your doctor.

In brief: Not necessarily

Dark floaters are a common occurence.
As the jelly inside the eye breaks down over time, it casts shadows onto the retina resulting in the perception of floaters. You should certainly have a dilated examination the first time you notice them, if there is a sudden increase, if you see flashes of light or if you have a change in vision. Other than that, follow up as advised by your doctor.
Dr. Ilan Cohen
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