I've had a single floater in my right eye for a while now that hasn't changed for a few months but then within the past week a couple of floaters suddenly appeared in the left eye also with what appears to be a strand, problem is, while it is mildy annoying it does not obscure vision and has not gotten worse within the week, I do not know if I should see a opthamlogist.
The floaters are the size of pin pricks.
At what point should I see a doctor?
How fast would floaters increase? How big would they be? When would be too late if it does get worse?
Thanks for any replies.
Hi Seiya and welcome to ehealth: These are questions that can only be answered by a specialist...However, seeing my husband had Macular Degeneration, and thankfully was caught early, we do not fool around with eye problems...Take care...
My dad just had a very similar complaint couple of weeks back. He started seeing some floaters but thought nothing of it and then one got a little bigger. Turned out he had a tear in his retina, and the doctor said he should have come in sooner. You're describing very similar symptoms, so I'd advise going in to see an opthamologist just in case. Can't be too careful when it comes to your eyes.
Also, my GP said retinal tears are a common issue among the near-sighted. Something about the retina separating from the eye. So if you're highly near-sighted you're in a risk group for retinal tears and detachment and should probably have regular checkups (1-2 times a year) with an opthamologist regardless of any symptoms.
I hope this helps and that it's nothing after all.