Floaters

  1. Just wanted to ask, does anyone on the current forum have an eye condition called floaters? According to doctors it isn't serious, but it damm well is!! Just want to know other peoples experiences with the problem.

    Thanks
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  3. by   Rustyhammer
    Care to elaborate on this?
    I'm picturing all sorts of things.

    -R
  4. by   purplemania
    Floaters should always be evaluated by an eye doctor. Everyone gets them at some time or other. They are caused by vitreous gel separating from the retina and, because they are protein, are too large to be absorbed. Sometimes they get in the way and sometimes they just "float" around. HOWEVER, a change in the number or type of floaters could be a symptom of retinal detachment or some other traction on the retina. That is why they need to be checked out.
  5. by   DutchgirlRN
    Quote from Rav_810
    Just wanted to ask, does anyone on the current forum have an eye condition called floaters? According to doctors it isn't serious, but it damm well is!! Just want to know other peoples experiences with the problem.

    Thanks
    My Mom has alot of problems with floaters and it really affects her quality of life. She has been to a specialist in Europe and he told her that the vitreous breaks off in little pieces and floats around and causes the severe symptoms for 6 wks to 6 months and then it fades to be almost unnoticeable unless in the bright sun. She tells me sometimes it's like seeing threads all over the place and sometimes just like a big black spot, it alternates from day to day. She has a corneal disease called "Fuchs Syndrome" but he assures her that it has absolutely nothing to do with the eye disease but that some people are just prone to develop floaters. I had eye surgery at age 4 and have residual floaters left, and I do only see them in the sunshine. I have unfortuneately inheirited "Fuchs Syndrome". The fix is corneal transplants. My Mom has already had both of her transplants. Her mother went blind and of course there were no transplants 30 years ago. I feel so fortunate to be alive in this age of medical advances. My corneal specialist tells me that by the time I need cornea transplants they may be a very quick fix. My Mom had day surgery with both but the healing takes over a year each and the stitches have been in for over 2 years now. However with that said she has gone from legally blind to seeing 20/20. Didn't mean to get off on another subject. Sorry!
  6. by   hypnotic_nurse
    I've had floaters for years, can see them even without bright light. My opthalmologist assures me it is nothing to worry about, but it is annoying.
  7. by   General E. Speaking, RN
    i have floaters- they haven't changed- just annoying-
  8. by   stephera
    Yes, I have floaters. I have been a diabetic for 21 years and started having eye problems about 8 years ago. I have diabetic retinopathy and had three laser surgeries to stop its progress. The damage is already done and cannot correct that part. I have floaters and flashers and yes they are a nuisance!!!!!! I really don't know why people would just have them for no other reasons. Have you been checked for eye diseases?
    Quote from Rav_810
    Just wanted to ask, does anyone on the current forum have an eye condition called floaters? According to doctors it isn't serious, but it damm well is!! Just want to know other peoples experiences with the problem.

    Thanks
  9. by   ProfRN4
    Very annoying!! I started getting them a few months ago. I wear glasses, so my first instinct is to wipe off my glasses. My eye doctor wasn't too impressed. Then my mother started geting them. WHen I told her about mine, she had no idea what I was talking about. Now she does!!!
  10. by   nursegoodguy
    Mine is like a very small almost worm shaped thing that just floats down when I blink. I don't see it right now so maybe it's a thing that they can come and go? Also, all my life I've been very light sensitive, had a hard time going out in bright sunlight without squinting and only a few years ago had a doctor say with your stigmatism I bet you are very light sensitive... I thought Oh yeah so that's why!
    And Yes the floater thing is annoying almost dizzying at times!
  11. by   Rustyhammer
    I've never heard of "floaters" (not in this context anyway).
    I'm finding this interesting.

    -R
  12. by   SmilingBluEyes
    i agree w/those saying check it out.
  13. by   Jamesdotter
    I agree with everyone who says they're a nuisance. Mine developed after cataract surgery. Post surgery seems to be a common causal event.

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