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How common are eye floaters?

Eye floaters are extremely common in adults and are a leading symptom that causes people to see an ophthalmologist. Almost everyone has eye floaters by age 70, although some people are much more aware of them than others. It is unusual for children under 16 years of age to notice eye floaters unassociated with eye disease.

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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: 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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