Patient Comments: Floaters - How Common?

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

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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Comment from: Hank, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: February 04

I am 81 and had cataract surgery done in both eyes, one eye in November and one eye in December. I now have floating spots in both eyes and a light gray cloud formation that is very annoying. A retina specialist examined me though thoroughly and told me they were in the fluid in my eye and would never go away and I would have to live with it. My distance vision is 20/20 but I need glasses to read. Before the surgery I could read without glasses. My brother had the spots and his doctor said it was cholesterol in the arteries and corrected it somehow. I think I will check it out.

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Comment from: skater, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 21

Since my early 30's I have noticed floaters especially in white wall rooms and I tend to wear sunglasses whenever outside since they are more noticeable in bright light. They do not seem to be diminishing with time and may even be a little more frequent now that I am 49.

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