Hi

about 2 months ago I have noticed a lot of floaters in my eyes. My right eye has 1 big floater and my left eye has a smaller floater. These are gettin quite annoying and everytime I want to read or use the computer I see them flying around.

I went to get my eyes tested and checked out however all seems to be fine however the only test she did not do was the eyedrop test, where you eyes dilate and a better examination can be taken of the eye.

I am quite a paranoid person and wonder if I have vitreous detachment or something.

I dont have 2 floaters but a number of floaters there is one like I said in the right eye thats very big, its just like a big string, when I move my eyes left to right quickly, the right floater does not seem to move it looks like it is attached to my eye, its very hard to explain

anyway if some1 could give me more information or advice it will be most appreciated,

p.S I am 21, short sighted.
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replied October 28th, 2004
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What do you mean by floaters? Do you mean something physically on your eye, or just black spots you see when looking around? If you mean black spots, then I wouldn't worry. I see them all the time, and I don't have any eye problems other than being far-sighted. If you are really that paranoid, then go to a different eye doctor and have them run tests.
If something is wrong they will find it!

Daile
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replied November 17th, 2004
Re: Floaters
You're not being paranoid at all. If you're not satisfied with your eye doctor's conclusion you could see a retina specialist. Any change in the floaters you see may be important. You're young, but I would still have it checked out. I had a change in the floaters I was seeing, and barely six months later I had a retinal detachment--and had seen two doctors in the interim.
I'm curious though, when you say the floater in your right eye doesn't move. Floaters should move, or so I understand--so I wonder what it is you're seeing?
I'd be interested to know if you've seen another doctor since your original post.
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replied December 10th, 2004
I have the same problem. I know what you mean about a floater that doesn't seem to move when you move your eyes quickly. I have hundreds of floaters. When I move my eyes, some of the floaters move exactly with them, some lag behind the rest, some keep floating on after my eyes stop, some are like strings that are attached at one end, so they move differently, depending which way I move my eyes.

I remember having floaters since I was about 12; about the same time my eyes started getting bad. I'm near-sighted. In the beginning, they were small and unnoticeable except against very light backgrounds. By the time I was 20, there were a lot of them and I had some pretty big ones that were noticeable all the time except in very dim light. After that, I didn't notice any big change until I was 38. Then all of a sudden I got two really big ones (one really gigantic) and a smaller dense one within a year. I'm 42 now, and haven't noticed any big change since then.

I've talked to optometrists about this several times. They always say it's normal for near sighted people and nothing to worry about. One told me the floaters are tiny (almost microscopic) pieces of tissue that break loose inside a small, gel-filled disk that covers and protects the retina. They only appear bigger because they're so close to the retina. That's also why there is no treatment yet (last I heard). You'd have to rupture the protective disk and extract nearly microscopic bits of tissue within millimeters of the retina. It's just not worth the risk for a simple annoyance.

Personally, I hate them and would almost be willing to risk blindness to get rid of them. I'd pay $1000 just to get rid of the one that jerks back and forth over the words when I read. But the problem is not debilitating and apparently doesn't lead to anything more serious. And the optometrists seem not to care about it at all. I suggest doing what I do. Just try to ignore them and don't worry. But ask the optometrist every time you get your eyes checked if it can be corrected. Maybe if enough people ask, somebody will develop a treatment.
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replied January 17th, 2005
I have the same thing, tons of floaters, they are normal to have as we age, annoying, but normal. Sometime I think I see a bug fly by, but it's only a floater. Nothing to really be concerned about, nothing they can do about them as far as I know.
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replied March 25th, 2009
Maybe a cure!
I read on a post in a different forum that the FDA was going to come out with an eye drop to dissolve floaters. I hope so I have a big one in my right eye now and it's so annoying! I've had a retina exam and no torn retina but she says to watch it for six weeks, bad choice of words, I mean to see if any change occurs. I had some in my left eye but weren't so big. Over a period of time they seem to fade. It's something for now that we have to learn to live with. I wear dark clip-ons over my glasses sometimes when I can't stand it anymore that makes them somewhat easier to not see. rainbow
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replied February 9th, 2012
Floaters are evik
Hello fellow floaters. I have had floaters for about 8 months now and im 26 years old. I have a ton in my left eye and about one-quarter of that in my right eye. They are very annoying and ive tried numerous things such as: billberry pills, vitamin e pills, and brite eyes3 eye drops. The eye drops sting too much for me but maybe you will have a better experience. They may be your best bet. There is also another eye drop product just like it (made for cataracts); my next venture. good luck to all.
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replied March 21st, 2013
Anybody wanna chat I'm new to this .. I'm 25 and have severe floaters ... Just wanna share stories n coping mechanisms

Dean
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replied December 17th, 2013
is it rare to have severe floaters? I have one thread like one in my right eye with a few crystal worm type floaters, my left has some as well but hardly noticeable

Most of the time I do not see my floaters however am fearing the day that I get more, are there some people out there who have never had their floaters get worse over time?
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