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Old 02-03-2020, 10:06 AM   #1
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Default Anybody deal with eye floaters?

Saturday afternoon I was clearing some dead limbs and took a slight poke in the corner of my eye. It wasn't bad - only hurt for a minute and didn't even leave a red mark on my eyeball. The next morning I woke up to find I have a little squiggle floating around in that eye. It is most noticeable when looking at a blank wall, the sky or a computer screen. After consulting my primary care physician (Dr Google) I'm not sure it is even related to getting poked - floaters are very common and have multiple causes. Everything I read said it is not even worth a doctor's visit unless your vision is narrowing or getting blurry. (symptom of detached retina) It also seems there is no real treatment - you just have to get used to it. Sometimes they go away sometimes not. Right now it is really annoying - anybody deal with this?
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Old 02-03-2020, 10:09 AM   #2
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I thought everyone over 40 had floaters. I have them but only notice them under certain conditions. Maybe you are more focused on your vision after injuring your eye.
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Old 02-03-2020, 10:11 AM   #3
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I see them when looking through a scope.
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Old 02-03-2020, 10:12 AM   #4
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I've had eye floaters since I was really young (early elementary school first time I noticed them)...several in each eye. I only really notice them in high contrast situations but I guess b/c I've had them so long I've learned to ignore them
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Old 02-03-2020, 10:16 AM   #5
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I had one about 10 years ago that completely blurred my vision in one eye for about 4 hours. Thought my retina detached so I went to emergency room. They sent me home and it cleared up. No problems sense. I would just see a eye doctor just to be sure.

I bet its just a minor scratch to the eye and will heal in a few days. Will be annoying though.
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Old 02-03-2020, 10:17 AM   #6
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I’m 34 and I remember having them since I was little like 7 or 8 years old. I never knew what they were. I was scared to ask, I thought it was ghost or something when I was younger lol.

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Old 02-03-2020, 10:18 AM   #7
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I can’t remember ever not having them
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Old 02-03-2020, 10:19 AM   #8
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When I scratched my eye a couple times I went to Opthamology Associates on Lancaster/Summit. They always got me in quickly and were very thorough and didn’t break my wallet. You only have one set of eyes - the worst they can tell you is “it’s normal”.
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Old 02-03-2020, 10:24 AM   #9
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get em all the time. you try and focus on em and they run away lol. i was told its small build up similar to the crust that builds up in your eye when you sleep.
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Old 02-03-2020, 10:24 AM   #10
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I've had them all my life, they come and go. My eye doc said they were a protein something or other that gets into this certain part of the eye to optic nerve connection. At least that's the best I remember the conversation according to my memory, (my least reliable source of information).
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Old 02-03-2020, 10:26 AM   #11
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Need to get the eye checked. My eye doc in Katy looks at my floaters every 6 months. Floaters can be caused from eye disease, eye injury, tumors, etc. Best since you poked your eye that you get them checked.
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Old 02-03-2020, 10:27 AM   #12
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I had floaters so bad a few years after cataract surgery I had to have a vitrectomy in both eyes. A few floaters is nothing to worry about.
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Old 02-03-2020, 10:32 AM   #13
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If that bugs you, you should try an ocular migraine! I get them about twice a month, usually a crescent-shaped squiggle in my vision that starts small near the center and expands out to the edge over the course of half an hour or so. It’s a moon-shaped spot that looks like tv static. Started when I was a teenager, scared the hell out of me until I was finally able to get an eye doc to understand what I was describing. Apparently I’m one of the lucky few that get them without any pain like a normal migraine. I’ve been told to pay attention to foods or stress to figure out what might trigger them, but I’ve never been able to see any kind of pattern.
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Old 02-03-2020, 10:35 AM   #14
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Had them as long as I can remember. I still have 20/20 vision so I don’t worry about them.
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Old 02-03-2020, 10:38 AM   #15
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If that bugs you, you should try an ocular migraine! I get them about twice a month, usually a crescent-shaped squiggle in my vision that starts small near the center and expands out to the edge over the course of half an hour or so. It’s a moon-shaped spot that looks like tv static. Started when I was a teenager, scared the hell out of me until I was finally able to get an eye doc to understand what I was describing. Apparently I’m one of the lucky few that get them without any pain like a normal migraine. I’ve been told to pay attention to foods or stress to figure out what might trigger them, but I’ve never been able to see any kind of pattern.
I get these also and it seems to be at random.

If floaters are really bad, they can be reduced with a laser treatment.
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Old 02-03-2020, 10:38 AM   #16
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I do and they are annoying.


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Old 02-03-2020, 10:52 AM   #17
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Have them and yes they get annoying. I just went to the eye doctor last month and she says that the fix now is pretty invasive but that they are working on a laser treatment that looks promising. I'm sure it wont be cheap.
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Old 02-03-2020, 10:58 AM   #18
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I am 73 and have a small detachment of the jelly layer in each eye--not the retina. First diagnosed while driving at night and when I'd blink I would get a flash like someone shined a light at me. No deterioration of vision but I have a tiny BB-sized black spot in the visual field of each eye and like you, when I look at the sky I can see them. There is also another thing which I describe as a spider web floating in the eye that moves when I move my eyes. Only bad part is sitting in the stand and scan with eyes only---I move my eyes and the black spots move, tricking me into thinking there is an animal there.

I get an annual follow-up with the ophthalmologist and no further deterioration since the initial diagnosis.
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Old 02-03-2020, 11:11 AM   #19
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I have had them since my eyes were damaged with unsanitary contacts. I only see them involuntary if I am looking at a blue bird sky. I can make a conscious attempt to focus on them at any given time. (like right now against the computer screen). But they don't bother me.
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Old 02-03-2020, 11:11 AM   #20
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Im same someone above. I have one in right eye. I can look a certain direction and it will "float" away. Very annoying, but eye doc says theres nothing he can do about it. Very annoying, especially when its right in the middle.
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Old 02-03-2020, 11:19 AM   #21
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Not really a floater, but I burned my right eye welding when I was a teenager. I have a dot that goes everywhere I look. I'm used to it, but it is very annoying when I'm squirrel hunting.
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Old 02-03-2020, 11:22 AM   #22
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my eyes have been full of them for 20 years
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Old 02-03-2020, 11:44 AM   #23
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I get these weird aberrations when a migraine is incoming.

They usually migrate across my line of sight from the lower right corner to upper left, for the time they are directly ahead of my retina, it's impossible to see clearly looking straight ahead.

I was blown away the first time I noticed it, then a simple description in google resulted in images of exactly what I was describing.

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Old 02-03-2020, 11:46 AM   #24
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Had em for years.......
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Old 02-03-2020, 11:57 AM   #25
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John, I think you and Dr.Google diagnosed them correctly. I have had them for years and thought they would go away after cataract surgery; not so, and my eye doc said I just had to live with them.
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Old 02-03-2020, 12:06 PM   #26
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I cant remember ever not having them
Same.....have had them for as long as I can remember.
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Old 02-03-2020, 12:19 PM   #27
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I've always had them. They've gotten worse after 40, but you just kinda learn to deal with them. They mess with me the worst when I am bird hunting!
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Old 02-03-2020, 12:21 PM   #28
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I got a ton of floaters. Craziest thing, I had one about a year ago where I could watch it actually fly across my eye from side to side if I moved my eyes quick enough. One piece was still attached but the rest of it wasn't. Eventually that day it all came apart. It's a big one too.
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Old 02-03-2020, 12:32 PM   #29
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Thanks for all the replies. Sounds like I'm fortunate to not have them show up until age 63. Mine are like a little crumpled wad of black thread and so far it is only in my non-dominate eye. I guess I'll just have to live with it.
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Old 02-03-2020, 12:33 PM   #30
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Woke up with one this morning that looked like a house fly buzzing my head but it’s gone now. I’ve had retina surgery, cataracts removed, so it’s pretty common to me.
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Old 02-03-2020, 01:32 PM   #31
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Youre more than likely fine. I would get checked though. Ive seen small injuries like this seem like no big deal then progress into a retinal detachment. It doesnt cost much to see and eye doctor and get dilated. Worse part is waiting on the dilation go away.


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Old 02-03-2020, 01:40 PM   #32
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If that bugs you, you should try an ocular migraine! I get them about twice a month, usually a crescent-shaped squiggle in my vision that starts small near the center and expands out to the edge over the course of half an hour or so. Its a moon-shaped spot that looks like tv static. Started when I was a teenager, scared the hell out of me until I was finally able to get an eye doc to understand what I was describing. Apparently Im one of the lucky few that get them without any pain like a normal migraine. Ive been told to pay attention to foods or stress to figure out what might trigger them, but Ive never been able to see any kind of pattern.

I just had one of these for the first time and I am 42. Scared the crap outta me and almost went to the ER. Lasted about 15-20 minutes and back to normal...

As for floaters, had them all my life.
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Old 02-03-2020, 01:56 PM   #33
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YEP
The really get annoying during dove season!!!!!
Every time I look up there is a bird coming at me.
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Old 02-03-2020, 02:13 PM   #34
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Yep. I have had floaters for as long as I can remember.
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Old 02-03-2020, 02:17 PM   #35
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If that bugs you, you should try an ocular migraine! I get them about twice a month, usually a crescent-shaped squiggle in my vision that starts small near the center and expands out to the edge over the course of half an hour or so. Its a moon-shaped spot that looks like tv static. Started when I was a teenager, scared the hell out of me until I was finally able to get an eye doc to understand what I was describing. Apparently Im one of the lucky few that get them without any pain like a normal migraine. Ive been told to pay attention to foods or stress to figure out what might trigger them, but Ive never been able to see any kind of pattern.

I have been having these randomly for a year or so now. Not very often, but I am sure they are connected to stress dealing with medical problems.
Strangest thing I ever heard of, a jagged lightning bolt looking thing starts somewhere in my vision, it grows, and moves across my field of vision, and gradually drifts away. No pain, and I have never had it anywhere but relaxing sitting in a chair.

I also have an issue where my right eye will not line up with my left causing double vision. Its called 6th nerve syndrome. It's like a stroke, but not a stroke that affects one of the nerves that controls some of the movement in that eye. Happens every 2 or 3 months and lasts about 5 mins. Except in 2017, the 1st time it happened, it lasted a month. Went to 3 different eye specialty docs, they told me if would eventually go away and sure enough it did. Happened once while driving, I closed my right eye and got off the highway and sat in a parking lot til it went away, the drove on.

I also cannot remember a time when I didn't have floaties in my eyes.
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The really get annoying during dove season!!!!!
Every time I look up there is a bird coming at me.
This year was the worst yet... I can't count the number of times I flinched!
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Old 02-03-2020, 02:25 PM   #37
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I noticed them when I was in college 20+ years ago. Saw them mostly when I was sitting in the classroom staring at the chalk board/white board. Went to eye doctor and he basically told me I had floaters and to learn to live with them. I just ignore them for the most part. Hasn't been a huge deal for me.
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Old 02-03-2020, 02:25 PM   #38
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I don't get floaters, but I get ocular migraines.
Mine are like a kaleidoscope amoeba obscuring an area of my vision.
Usually when I'm dehydrated.

Hope you are better soon, Jerp!
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Old 02-03-2020, 02:32 PM   #39
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Go on a goose hunt when the fog is an inch and a half off the ground and thick as all get out. You'll be amazed and scared to death at the same time.
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Old 02-03-2020, 02:33 PM   #40
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I had the same surgery!
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Old 02-03-2020, 02:37 PM   #41
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I had the same surgery!
Sorry to hear that. Pretty dang invasive surgery but the end result was great, no more of those **** webs, strings, & floaters.
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Old 02-03-2020, 02:38 PM   #42
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I have had them In both eyes for years. You will get used to them. I rarely even notice mine unless i think about them. I see them mostly when my eyes are closed.
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Old 02-03-2020, 02:49 PM   #43
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Ive had them off & on since I turned 40. I have noticed that certain antibiotics clear them up when I take them.


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