Patient Comments: Floaters - How Common?

At what age did your floater first appear? How often have you gotten a floater(s)?

Comment from: tubalaw, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: December 01

I had a spidery floater develop in my left eye 2 days after playing my sousaphone in a college pep band at a basketball game. I am 64 years old and very nearsighted. I visited my eye doctor immediately, on the chance that it might be a detached retina, but it was not. He said onset could be caused by physical trauma (e.g., a car accident) and did not think playing the horn would cause it. However, the sousaphone weighs 45 pounds, I lifted it onto and off my shoulder at least 15 times during the game, and the effort to play the horn loudly in the pep band is similar to a weightlifter grunting on a lift (which he said could be an example of causal physical trauma).

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Comment from: RSandman, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: March 11

My floater first appeared as a child. It rose to the level of noticeable annoyance during college. It worsened to affect daily tasks at 48. How often have I 'gotten' a floater? Good grief, that's like 'how often do you breath!' You just live with them; you glance up or around to shift them out of the way; you ignore them when doing active tasks; you sigh and wish them away every few seconds because they continually drift through your vision focus area, every day, every minute, every second you have your eyes open.

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Comment from: A.steven.sian, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: November 26

I am 21 years old and I started having a floater in my left eye. It happened 2 days ago and I'm getting worried. I wonder if this will go away. I only have one black spot. It is very annoying.

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Comment from: JohnS., 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: November 10

I am 53 years old. I have had bad floaters for 5 months. I believe they started when I lifted my ATV to slide it over about 6 inches. I've been to 2 eye doctors. There's nothing they can do. They said a 50/50 chance they will go away. I can hardly read anything clearly.

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Comment from: Kadj, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: September 04

In Jan 2012, I suffered from retinal edema after giving birth to a premature baby. I had pre-eclampsia. I was given Acular as my medication. Months later, I started seeing floaters. I thought it was still part of the retinal problem. More than 2 years passed then I realized they were not gone. I saw a doctor, and he sad those were eye floaters. I am nearsighted and now I am 34.

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Comment from: Nils Mortensen, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: November 12

I started 2 months ago to see a shadow like a small bundle of hair dancing in front of my left eye at all time. I had a cataract surgery with laser 5 years ago on this eye.

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Comment from: milledj, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 24

I was very nearsighted, but had radial keratotomy (RK) surgery in 1987. It went well, but about 20 years later, my sight started degrading. Anyway, I have a very flat cornea because of the RK. This year, 2013 on April 17th, I started seeing flashes on the edge of sight on my right eye, my worst. I went to the doctor right away, and she thought I am suffering from the posterior vitreous detachment. However, it wasn"t bad enough to do anything but watch... I go back in a few weeks. Currently, the flashes have diminished, but I have a nasty floater that looks like a wad of fuzz with a long stringer in my right eye which is very distracting. I am 57, will be 58 in July.

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Comment from: AgingGraceful, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 18

The floaters started today. I just turned 56 and have always had very bad eyes. My goodness, the human body moves forward for years and then starts moving backwards. I wonder if this is caused by contact lenses. I will start to wear my eyeglasses more and see.

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