Patient Comments: Floaters - Describe Your Experience

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Comment from: 55-64 (Patient) Published: October 18

I experienced a large mass of floaters in my right eye over a year ago. On or two of them are quite large, and if the light is right, I can see a large "swarm" of tiny ones. My optometrist diagnosed partial detachment of the vitreous, though this type of thing happens to people in their 60's, typically. I was 56. I also have keratoconus. There was a flash of light on the side of my eye which I understand is normal when this happens. This light has subsided over the year, not the same thing happened in my left eye this week. A couple of these floaters are very large. It's annoying for sure. It's like having a swarm of some strange strand-like or spots that you can't quite see, always with you. I would like to have surgery to remove them if possible.

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Comment from: 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 14

I have had problems with floaters my whole life. Several years ago I had a partial detachment of the retina and the floaters took over my vision. Then the same thing happened in my other eye. My ophthalmologist told me that nothing could be done, yet referred me to a retinal specialist who took one look, said "those are the worst floaters I have ever seen" and scheduled me for surgery the following month. I've had two surgeries to remove the vitreous fluid from my eyes and the floaters with them. For a couple of months, I had beautiful, perfect (with glasses) vision. Then the cataracts started advancing. At first I was OK ... I had been told that my cataracts would get worse. My eyes are "interesting" said one surgeon who passed on doing my cataract surgeries and referred me to another specialist. I cannot have my astigmatism repaired due to the lack of vitreous fluid. I am 51 years old, and there is a strong possibility that I may never see well again. A good, solid refractive surgery would probably cure me of all my eye problems, but my insurance considers refractive surgery to be cosmetic. It would cost me $5,000 per eye to pay for it myself. If I had the money, (or even the credit), I would definitely have refractive surgery and stop worrying about detaching my retinas.

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Comment from: Kali, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 03

I have been very nearsighted all my life. The other day, poof, the floaters just appeared, now it is showing up in the other eye. I have worn contact lenses all of my adult life. It must be related, dry eyes and all. Oh well, the clock keeps ticking.

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Comment from: arrowhead3k, Male (Caregiver) Published: July 25

My research tells me that daily use (twice) of MSM (methylsulfonylmethane) with vitamin C and bioflavonoids may be useful in eliminating floaters. It is possible that floaters are caused by candida and MSM is a good candida fighter. So, test yourself for candida, and if you've got it, go into an anti-candida program and make sure you include MSM, vitamin C and bioflavonoids. Another powerful candida fighter apparently is a product called lufenuron. Good luck.

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Comment from: yay, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 07

I have eye floaters. They began a few weeks ago. I am 48 years old and had Lasix surgery 13 years ago and my sight is starting to diminish. I also have SAD (seasonal affective disorder) and am using a light box beginning last month. I am treated for depression and have nightmares regularly.

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Comment from: gt, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: December 16

I have a black disjointed string to the right of my right eye that is very annoying and it started 4 days ago. I am just happy to hear that it isn't serious at this stage. I am 67 and enjoy reading more than anything. So hopefully it will go away someday soon.

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Comment from: Ernesto, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: November 25

I have floaters in my right eye, which did not cause me any problem. Yesterday, I felt pressure on the right eye and around my eyebrows area, which went away fast. Today I again felt pressure only in the right eye for a few seconds and went away. I do not suffer from high blood pressure. I was given an appointment with a retinologist for December 16th.

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