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Zokko!
07-19-2010, 06:36 PM
I'm looking "dirty" through my left eye, which means my view is a little bit blocked with fluffs and "flying insects", especially in front of a light background. My eye specialist diagnoses "Glaskörpertrübung" (German), "Mouches Volantes" (French, "flying mosquito's") or, in English, eye-floaters. According to him it's pretty harmless, nothing one can really do (well, there "are" operations, but quite risky and allegedly not "worth" all the trouble), it may disappear by itself one day, it may stay forever. Right now it looks like I have to deal with it.

Just to give you an impression what I'm talking about:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=36zFabJmjFM&feature=related
(Well, it's not "that" bad in my case yet ...)

Now I've got a question:
Is there anybody here and/or in her/his environment who has the same problem and may give some quite personal advices how to cope with it? Thanks in advance! :)

Latte
07-19-2010, 06:40 PM
I'm looking "dirty" through my left eye, which means my view is a little bit blocked with fluffs and "flying insects", especially in front of a light background. My eye specialist diagnoses "Glaskörpertrübung" (German), "Mouches Volantes" (French, "flying mosquito's") or, in English, eye-floaters. According to him it's pretty harmless, nothing one can really do (well, there "are" operations, but quite risky and allegedly not "worth" all the trouble), it may disappear by itself one day, it may stay forever. Right now it looks like I have to deal with it.

Just to give you an impression what I'm talking about:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=36zFabJmjFM&feature=related
(Well, it's not "that" bad in my case yet ...)

Now I've got a question:
Is there anybody here and/or in her/his environment who has the same problem and may give some quite personal advices how to cope with it? Thanks in advance! :)

I had them, but was not given a choice of living with it.
They did laser surgery on me right away.
Your case might be caused by something else though.

Wyliefan
07-19-2010, 06:43 PM
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 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:

emason
07-19-2010, 07:07 PM
I've had a problem with floaters for years; I've just gotten used to them as best I can. Sometimes they bother me more than at other times. My ophthalmologist says they won't go away and she absolutely thinks an operation is too much risk for too little reward.

PDilemma
07-19-2010, 08:05 PM
If they are not clear, you could have a major problem with your retina. I would check with an opthamologist in that case. And if you are seeing flashes of light and dark spots, that's usually symptomatic of something that is worse than needing eye drops for the record. Wyliefan--your mom might want to see an opthamologist instead of an optometrist just to be sure.

I have had them since I was small due to a genetic retinal condition. Lots of them. There are some things that help. Driving on a foggy or snowy or very white cloudy day is when they are the biggest pain. Sunglasses seem to help then, so you might want to try that. Otherwise, you can learn to kind of move them out of your line of vision because they do float after all. I think I learned this as a small child in bed just after the lights were turned off. Sometimes closing your eyes for a second will make them move out of your line of vision as well.

luna_skater
07-19-2010, 08:27 PM
My mom had floaters for a while, but when they started getting really bad she went to see her optometrist and they sent her directly to surgery. She had a detached retina. If she had waited much longer, she would have completely lost vision in that eye. Keep very close watch on them.

Rob
07-19-2010, 08:29 PM
I have them, but they are very faint - they are annoying sometimes and not so noticeable others. I am just used to them.

olympic
07-19-2010, 08:40 PM
Same here. I have floaters and they are more annoying than anything else. I told my optometrist about them but he just shrugged it off. I do notice that they are worse at times, barely visible at other times.

vesperholly
07-19-2010, 09:02 PM
My dad had them, along with some other eye problems like a dark spot appearing randomly in his field of vision, and it turned out he had a blockage in an artery in his neck. He had surgery on it and is now fine. :) I wouldn't be alarmed unless you're older (he's over 60) or experiencing multiple vision problems, though.

Wyliefan
07-19-2010, 09:40 PM
Thanks, PDilemma. Her doctor did say something about a possible retina problem.

acraven
07-19-2010, 11:00 PM
Zokko, it sounds as if your specialist has things well in hand. I'd suggest, though, that others with floaters (or light flashes) check with an opthalmologist even if they are rather young, especially if they are very near-sighted. I needed laser surgery on both of my eyes at age 29 because of tears in my retinas. If it hadn't been caught (by a zealous resident who did a more thorough exam than I'd ever had before), I'd have ended up with detached retinas at some point. I'll be forever grateful to that doctor, because I had not had any symptoms at all; he performed an unusually careful exam because of my extreme myopia.

I've been fine now for about 30 years, but at each annual exam I'm asked whether I'm seeing floaters or flashes of light, which seem to be the classic symptoms of retinal tears or detachments. However, as this thread indicates, floaters can show up for other reasons.

CantALoop
07-20-2010, 12:13 AM
Wow, it's a coincidence that this topic popped up today. My dad has diabetic retinopathy, and he frequently has small leaks in the blood vessels of his retina which cause bouts of those "floaters".

My dad has had frequent laser surgery to cauterize those leaks, but he's got this done so often that a lot of new blood vessels formed. These blood vessels are weaker since they are new, and one of them burst today. :eek: My dad says there are so many floaters in that eye that it looks as if BP had set up shop in there. The bad thing is that it's so cloudy that the ophthalmologist said he just had to wait until the floaters settled.

Really
07-20-2010, 01:41 AM
I have a floater. My eye doc said they're quite common, especially as one gets older. The rest of my eye exam showed no cause for concern outside of my normal nearsightedness, etc, so I guess I'll just have to put up with it. Yeah, it's rather annoying, but...

screech
07-20-2010, 02:09 AM
I have floaters but all tests on my eyes say that despite my crappy eyesight, my eyes are perfectly healthy. They are rather annoying though.

harekrishna43
07-20-2010, 03:12 AM
I had a big floater in April and my eye doctor always wants to err on the side of caution - she dilated me and checked the retina - while it looked fine, she still had me come back 3 weeks later for a re-check just to make sure. She urged me not wait if there were any significant changes like the eye getting cloudy all over or flashes of light because if you take care of it right away with laser surgery it is not a problem. If you wait, it gets much more complicated.

She explained that the brain has a way of realizing that they are not important and after time they don't interfere with your sight so much. If it's just a floater, eventually it will fully detach and drop to the bottom and be out of your sight. In the interim, if it is bothersome, she suggested looking away from the light.