Patient Comments: Floaters - Describe Your Experience

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Comment from: Tree, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: August 12

I'm a very active 65 year old that had cataracts removed 2 years ago. Last year I developed large gray floaters in both eyes that when they lined up they blocked most of my vision. My regular eye doctor said they were the largest floaters he had ever seen and then left the room. I went to a specialist that performed the surgery. The floaters were the beginning of detached retina in both eyes that were repaired. The surgery was painless and now, a year later vision is fine. No floaters. I did do a lot of research on my surgeon before the surgery. I value my sight.

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Comment from: E Muniz, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: August 08

I have had floaters for over 10 years. I did thousands of research to learn how to resolve them. In recent months I have been making use of lutein, vitamin C, magnesium chloride, alpha lipoic acid and omega 3. Yesterday I went to the optometrist to make three exams: pachymetry, circadian curve ocular and visual field. This morning, looking at the cloudy sky I noticed that all the dark floaters were gone, some permanent transparent floaters. I do not know if there was any interference of ultrasound on floaters or was effect of the supplements. Because it was something so sudden, I believe pachymetry acted in their disappearance.

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Comment from: Dr P P Pradyumnan, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: July 28

I have eye floaters, it is just like the shape of a left 'quote' with hairy attachments. They began 4 months ago. I was consulted with an ophthalmologist, with her suggestion I was consulted with a retina specialist and he concluded that my right eye is in the stage of retinal detachment, he also asked my family history. Then I underwent a LASIK surgery about 2 months back. After the surgery also, the floater persists in my right eye. I again visited the same doctor and he told me that my right eye and retina are in good health, and instructed me to visit the doctor every six months. He also told me that the floater is not a problem, it will be adjusted by your eye.

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Comment from: jimmyjet, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: July 23

Three days ago I developed a large floater in my left eye. I also started seeing circular light flashes at night. Ten years ago I had cataract surgery in both eyes with mono vision. My left eye is for reading. I noticed some circular flashes shortly after the surgery and the surgeon said it was the edge of the implant lens that was noticeable when my eye was dilated at night and nothing to be concerned about. I have not really noticed these circular flashes much until this new floater developed. The new floater is very noticeable and definitely affects my reading to the extent that I develop a headache after reading a short time.

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Comment from: Shez, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 11

I noticed two black spots in my right eye that really annoyed me. I went to the optician and was told that it was normal and would go away. A year later they were still there, then suddenly it seemed that I had dozens of spots, all in my right eye. I went to the doctor, again everything was fine. Then I suddenly got many strings and blurred patches in my right eye. Again to the doctor, once again no retinal detachment or disease. Now I have had these for over two years and they interfere a lot with my vision. Hope they go away. Only thing that I can think it might be is that I did take a few accidental hits to my eyes when playing with the dogs.

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Comment from: Margaret, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: June 25

I first noticed a floater when I was 17! An optician told me not to worry as long as they kept moving, so I check occasionally, and they have increased a lot over the years. Twenty years ago, on the evening before we were due to fly to China, I saw a light on the far side of my right eye, and thought it was a reflection on my glasses, but no, and I had no time to see an optician. Next day I noticed a 'veil' floating in the opposite direction to my eye movement. I checked with my optician on our return and luckily no harm had been done. But floaters are so annoying when they all settle just where I'm reading, and I will keep swatting those non-existent flies!

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Comment from: GaryG, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: May 23

Yesterday I experienced a very weird vision problem. I had a reoccurring floater object which seemed to be in my left eye. When I closed my left eye it still existed. When I closed my right eye it still existed. When I closed both eyes I saw a very clear image. It started from a small rectangle and then the lines form a very precise set of graphics. I would describe it as a set of 5 or so stair steps going up and then a set of 8 or so going down. The graphics constantly moved from lower right to upper left. I was not blinking or constantly opening and shutting my eyes. The Lines were black with a bright white section on both sides. With my eyes open I could see the shapes but they looked more like a typical floater. The images existed for around 8 minutes and then went away.

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