"Eye-floaters" anyone?

Discussion in 'Off The Beaten Track' started by Zokko!, Jul 19, 2010.

  1. Zokko!

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    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! :)
     
  2. Latte

    Latte Well-Known Member

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    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.
     
  3. Wyliefan

    Wyliefan Well-Known Member

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    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:
     
  4. emason

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    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.
     
  5. PDilemma

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    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.
     
  6. luna_skater

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    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.
     
  7. Rob

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    I have them, but they are very faint - they are annoying sometimes and not so noticeable others. I am just used to them.
     
  8. olympic

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    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.
     
  9. vesperholly

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    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.
     
  10. Wyliefan

    Wyliefan Well-Known Member

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    Thanks, PDilemma. Her doctor did say something about a possible retina problem.
     
  11. acraven

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    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.
     
  12. CantALoop

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    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.
     
  13. Really

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    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...
     
  14. screech

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    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.
     
  15. harekrishna43

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    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.
     
  16. zaphyre14

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    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.
     
  17. Satellitegirl

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    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.
     
  18. jessilyn

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    I developed them with Lyme Disease:(
     
  19. judiz

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    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.
     
  20. Era

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    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.
     
  21. pumba

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    The same about me :D.
     
  22. igniculus

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    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.
     
  23. cruisin

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    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.
     
  24. Zokko!

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    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. :(
     
  25. Wyliefan

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    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.
     
  26. cruisin

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

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    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.
     
  28. cailuj365

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    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.
     
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  29. FigureSpins

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    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 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.
     
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  30. sailornyanko

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    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.