Within the last three months I have experienced a gradual increase in floaters. They seem to swirl around in liquid and look like strands of hair or small bugs or pieces on lint. I have quite a few now (7-10) and have been to an opthomologist twice who dilated my pupils but found nothing out of the ordinary, and gave me optical steroids for my conjunctivitis. Other symptoms ive been having along with this include eye pain, headache, a constantly tense jaw, sore joints, mouth ulcers, chest pain, and dark circles under my eyes when I wake up. I wake up very tired as well. I have been to a few different doctors: gotten a cat scan of my head which was fine, and blood drawn which also turned out fine. My blood pressure was normal. They suggested my symptoms could be stress related, but I dont feel very stressed out by any means. Id like to find out whats causing these symptoms before they worsen. Is there anything in particular I should get tested for? Where should I go from here?
Im 22/male/dont usually smoke, but do on occasion
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replied June 13th, 2005
Same Situation
Hello. I am a 21 year old male, so not much younger than you are. I also see floaters if I am looking at the sky or in other situations. The thing is, you must realize that they are harmless, and rarely is there a case where they are a threat to you eyes. I've done some research on the before and every doctors agree's that most people see them. I started seeing floaters after a fall that I had when I was younger, and I also have minor vision problems while my eyes adjust to darkness. Do you also see "squiggly" lines in your vision? Well, if you don't consider yourself lucky, because I see lots of them in the dark along with other strange shimmering lights every time in the dark. So be thankful that you only have some floaters which are indeed harmless.
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replied June 14th, 2005
But im curious if the floaters could be a symptom of some type of illness. My headaches and fatigue symptoms are quite abnormal as well.
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replied August 3rd, 2005
My floaters have gotten quite a bit worse since my last post. There a lot more and they are constantly in my field of vision. Still no help from the doctors.
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replied August 7th, 2005
If u focus on them too much, u will begin to see more and more, like me, theres constantly things passing through our eyes, blood cells, floaters, everything, if we concetrate enough we can c them....U just have to try and deal with them.....Tyler these shimmering lights does it look like it could be like fluid passing through kind of ? And the make odd patterns then go to the nmiddle and then dissapear and then come back again in a new pattern?
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replied September 15th, 2005
You're lucky you could actually know you had 7-10. I have millions since I was young so i'd stop worrying.
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replied November 13th, 2005
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I have seen them since I was about 10 (now 26) and its true the more you think about them, the more noticable they become!! I used to panic, they would make me blind!
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replied January 31st, 2006
Everyone does get floaters. Most of the time they're no cause for worry.

Here's a cut & paste from Wrongdiagnosis.Com/sym/floaters.htm

floaters: floating spots or spidery webs in front of the eyes
introduction: floaters need immediate medical diagnosis by an eye specialist because of the risk of the severe retinal detachment, which can cause vision loss. However, other causes of floaters are more common than retinal detachment, such as vitreous detachment due to aging.

The shapes of floaters vary, with effects such as spots, dots, wavy lines, cloud-like shapes, spidery-webs, and other variations. There may be one large floater, or many smaller floaters, or any combination. Floaters may be caused by opaque substances (e.G. Blood) floating in the vitreous or from problems with the retina. Floaters in the eyes are seen by the person, but nothing can usually be seen on the eyes. The floaters move with the eyes, so you usually cannot focus on them. To see them best, look at a white piece of paper, wall, or a clear sky.

Floaters are often associated with visual flashes, where the person sees flashing lights or sudden pulses of bright lights. Flashes are also a symptom of serious disease such as retinal detachment, but there are less serious possibilities also. Any floaters or flashes need immediate medical diagnosis by an eye specialist.

description: floaters are tiny spots or specks that float across the field of vision. Most people notice them in well-lit rooms or outdoors on a bright day. Floaters often are normal, but sometimes they warn of eye problems such as retinal detachment, especially if they happen with light flashes. If you notice a sudden change in the type or number of spots or flashes, see your eye doctor.

possible causes of symptom:

the following medical conditions are some of the possible causes of floaters as a symptom. There are likely to be other possible causes, so ask your doctor about your symptoms.

* normal eyes - some people get floaters without disease; other people don't.

* floaters
* short-sightedness
* vitreous detachment - commonly occurring with aging
* posterior vitreous detachment (pvd) - commonly occurring with aging
* retinal disorder
* retinal damage (see retina symptoms)
* detached retina
* diabetic retinopathy

conditions listing symptoms: floaters: the following list of conditions have 'floaters' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

# autoimmune uveitis ... Floaters
# diabetic retinopathy ... Floaters
# posterior vitreous detachment ... Floaters
# retinal detachment ... Floaters
# retinopathy ... Floaters
# uveitis ... Floaters
# vitreous detachment ... Floaters

i get more floaters if I take ibuprofin or asa for a few days. Did the floaters come before the headaches? I don't think it's stress related and since you've been checked out you're just getting harmless floaters like me.
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replied March 14th, 2006
Wanted to toss in my two cents here...

I miss my floaters. I had my vitreous removed during one of detachment surgeries so I get bubbles and very few floaters anymore. But I grew up with them... I was very myopic as a child, the lens implants when I was 20 yr old made me almost have perfect vision so I couldn't see them at all for a few years until I lost more vision.

Think of floaters as your own personal childhood friend. 8)

unless u have a drastic change in ur floaters, don't bother the docs.
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replied November 24th, 2007
Re: Floaters As a Symptom
Hi Less,
I just wanted to say that I have all the same symptoms as you, plus a few more. I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia about 3 years ago, and went through many tests and many days of frustration and pain before I was finally diagnosed. You may want to ask your doc about it at your next appointment. There are many meds to help out with your symptoms if that is in fact what it is. Take care, and I hope you're feeling better!
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