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zaphyre14
07-20-2010, 05:40 PM
I have flocks of floaters all the time, some clear, some dark, some strings, some blobs. They are particularly noticible against light backgrounds, like snowy days or clear skies. My eye dr. described them as coagulations of the viscous fluid in the eye. Sometimes they disolve or break up on their own. I've learned to "look around" them. Or if one gets too obstructive, I shake my head and roll my eyes until it moves away.

Satellitegirl
07-20-2010, 05:44 PM
I have floaters sometimes as well. My dad has always had them pretty bad. I just occasionally see a black speck here or there. I remember being able to see them as a kid though too. Is it weird that I sometimes look at light to see what they look like because I'm curious? lol. Sort of fascinating to me.

jessilyn
07-20-2010, 08:15 PM
I developed them with Lyme Disease:(

judiz
07-21-2010, 01:53 AM
I've had floaters ever since I could remember, it's never been a problem for me but obviously if they interfere with your vision you should do something about them.

Era
07-21-2010, 06:17 AM
I've had floaters for a very long time. Most of the time I can ignore them. I found if I start thinking about them then I become overly aware of them. If I keep busy and don't think about them, they are not really noticeable most of the time.

However, if a person is very near sighted or if they've had eye surgery (such as cataract removed) they may be more prone to detachment of the retina and that is very serious if not attended to immediately. Just make sure there isn't a change/increase in floaters or some other vision abnormality that occurs suddenly. If there is, get your eye doctor to check again asap.

I know someone who had their retina start to detach in one eye last year and he ended up having emergency eye surgery and then being mostly immobile for several days. It was good that it was caught in time and he was able to go back to work 10 days later after surgery.

pumba
07-21-2010, 07:14 AM
I used to see floaters constantly when I was little (not dark ones, though, transparent ones). Not being the sharpest knife in the drawer, I thought I had the gift of seeing molecules. :lol:

The same about me :D.

igniculus
07-21-2010, 07:20 AM
I have them too for years now, but transparent ones, and not that big and disturbing like in the vid. They are annoying for sure, but I can live with them.

cruisin
07-21-2010, 03:31 PM
Getting floaters is a natural part of aging. The eye is filled with a gel like substance called the vitreous humor. The vitreous is attached to the retina, around the perimeter. As we age the vitreous begins to dry out and little bits will pull away from the retina and cause vitreal leaks, or bits of the vitreous may coagulate into blobs. Those are what the thready/blobby floaters are. It is rarely anything to worry about, by itself. They will dissipate, to some degree, float to the bottom of your field of vision, and your brain learns to "not see them". Bright backgrounds can make them more visible though.

However: WARNING! If it is accompanied by bright flashing lights get to an ophthamologist or emergency room immediately! The flashing lights could indicate a detached retina, a retinal tear, or a vitreal tear. The detached or torn retina will require surgery. A vitreal tear, can cause a temporary weakness and result in a retinal tear or detachment and has to be watched. They do not do anything for a vitreal tear, unless it progresses. I have had a vitreal tear in both eyes. My floaters are beyond annoying. Immediately after a vitreal tear you will see very dense blobs and tiny black specks (like looking through a windshield with tiny black raindrops). The black specs are blood and will be absorbed, but they last a week or so.

The flashing lights are very different from migraine flashing lights. If you get migraines (I do), you will know the difference.


My mom has been having major trouble with that recently. Says she feels like there's a black worm in her eye all the time. She was also seeing flashes of light for a while, but a visit to the eye doctor and some drops seems to have helped with that.

I don't know of any drops that would resolve that. The only medical drops for eyes, that I am aware of, are for glaucoma. You might want to get a second opinion, if it happens again. With vitreal tears, it will improve on it's own. But it never goes away completely and the risk of retinal tears goes back to normal in a month or so.

I'm not an eye doctor, but this is my understanding, based on my treatment.

Zokko!
07-21-2010, 07:30 PM
Thanks for all the entries! :) Good (or bad) to know I'm not the only one.

The problem with this "disease" is, although harmless and nothing really bad, that there are obviously a lot of (also younger) people who live with it for many years, having it on both eyes. According to what I've read recently they actually suffer, some of them are not able to work and/or enjoy life any more. It's hard for them being taken serious by eye-specialists, to get a surgery. They've been told "come on, don't be a sissy, cope with it" and again ... the risk of a surgery seems too high, and all that for something "harmless" ...?

In my particular matter, I can live with it (yet), but I'm worried for all the people who are really suffering under it and don't get much attention/comprehension. :(

Wyliefan
07-21-2010, 07:36 PM
Getting floaters is a natural part of aging. The eye is filled with a gel like substance called the vitreous humor. The vitreous is attached to the retina, around the perimeter. As we age the vitreous begins to dry out and little bits will pull away from the retina and cause vitreal leaks, or bits of the vitreous may coagulate into blobs. Those are what the thready/blobby floaters are. It is rarely anything to worry about, by itself. They will dissipate, to some degree, float to the bottom of your field of vision, and your brain learns to "not see them". Bright backgrounds can make them more visible though.

However: WARNING! If it is accompanied by bright flashing lights get to an ophthamologist or emergency room immediately! The flashing lights could indicate a detached retina, a retinal tear, or a vitreal tear. The detached or torn retina will require surgery. A vitreal tear, can cause a temporary weakness and result in a retinal tear or detachment and has to be watched. They do not do anything for a vitreal tear, unless it progresses. I have had a vitreal tear in both eyes. My floaters are beyond annoying. Immediately after a vitreal tear you will see very dense blobs and tiny black specks (like looking through a windshield with tiny black raindrops). The black specs are blood and will be absorbed, but they last a week or so.

The flashing lights are very different from migraine flashing lights. If you get migraines (I do), you will know the difference.



I don't know of any drops that would resolve that. The only medical drops for eyes, that I am aware of, are for glaucoma. You might want to get a second opinion, if it happens again. With vitreal tears, it will improve on it's own. But it never goes away completely and the risk of retinal tears goes back to normal in a month or so.

I'm not an eye doctor, but this is my understanding, based on my treatment.

Well, maybe the drops were what the doctor used to dilate it. I don't really know -- I didn't go with her. But she did say the doctor gave her a very thorough eye exam and told her to come back. And she is going to see one other doctor, just to be safe.

cruisin
07-21-2010, 10:08 PM
Well, maybe the drops were what the doctor used to dilate it. I don't really know -- I didn't go with her. But she did say the doctor gave her a very thorough eye exam and told her to come back. And she is going to see one other doctor, just to be safe.


good, when it comes to the eyes, you can never be safe enough.

Octoberopals
07-25-2010, 03:34 AM
I have had a clear circle in one eye for about 3 years. It has been diagnosed as a 'freckle' on the optic nerve.....no change although it is photographed every year. Dr. says we do nothing until there is a change. It's one of those things that just happens; no know reason....at least I was told that.

cailuj365
07-25-2010, 11:14 PM
I used to see floaters constantly when I was little (not dark ones, though, transparent ones). Not being the sharpest knife in the drawer, I thought I had the gift of seeing molecules. :lol:

LOL, me too! I thought I was so cool because I could see the structure of the atom.

A new one popped up last year. I didn't know what it was at first so I started grabbing for it in the air.

FigureSpins
07-26-2010, 08:02 AM
I've had them for years, no surgery required. My Opthalmologist felt that they were partially caused by my eye-rubbing habit - I had horrible seasonal allergies for years, so I was always rubbing my face and eyes.

I now take care to stay on Zyrtec as needed, and use eye drops when my eyes are especially itchy. That seems to have made the floaters far less noticeable.

I always wear polarized sunglasses outdoors. All the time. I used to just wear cheap sunglasses occasionally, but because I have light-colored eyes, the doctor recommended upping my protection against sunlight damage.


My mom has been having major trouble with that recently. Says she feels like there's a black worm in her eye all the time. She was also seeing flashes of light for a while, but a visit to the eye doctor and some drops seems to have helped with that.

My late mother complained about seeing flashes and having a "shade pulled down" that blocked her vision at various times. The Opthalmogist couldn't find anything wrong, but it turned out that her carotid arteries had blockages that were causing the problem.

Many eye problems are related to blood pressure issues, perhaps that's what the eye drops control. Or perhaps relieving the scratchiness prevents her from rubbing the black spot? Your mother should talk to her regular doctor or cardiologist at her next checkup.

sailornyanko
08-01-2010, 09:59 AM
I have them and they're serious enough to not let me see decently with a microscope anymore. They don't bother me much anymore doing regular activities though.

I went to an ophthalmologist about 2 years ago because of a non related problem and discussed the issue but he said my eye exam seemed pretty normal and that I didn't need anything. He doesn't know however that I probably have Ehler-Danlos syndrome which would have warranted a second check.