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last week, asking about the floaters in my right eye

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I had written in last week, asking about the floaters in my eyes, well I found out it was a Vetrious detachment, and is not a retinal detachment. I never got a chance to ask questions as the doctor was very busy, had alot of patients.

How long will my right eye be clouded, and how long will I see these floaters, very annoying.

Do you think I should get a second opinion from a Retinal Specialists?

Would I be able to get a contact lense for just my right eye, if this does not clear up?

Thanks you

Dr. Rick :

Hi. I'm online and happy to answer your question today.

Dr. Rick :

Hi. I am a retina specialist......

Dr. Rick :

Here is some information on floaters:

Dr. Rick :

You have a thick gel material in the middle of your eyes called the vitreous. Over time as it liquefies, this gel material collapses on itself, forms little clumps that you can see as dots, lines or bugs. As these clumps form the vitreous pulls away from the wall of the eye. In the process it can stimulate the retina -- causing the flashes that you may see.

It is recommended that you see your ophthalmologist to look at the retina to make sure there are no problems such as a retinal hole or tear. In most cases, there are no problems, but this exam is precautionary and allows for preventative treatment of any lesions that are found.

If you notice a sudden increase in floaters, flashes of light (like a lightning storm), or a shadow/veil in the periphery of your vision, this can be worrisome for a retinal detachment. You would need to contact your ophthalmologist promptly in that case.


Dr. Rick :

As to what you can do about the floaters, well.....

Dr. Rick :

floaters don't go away, and they don't really get worse. Over time they tend to "sink" out of your central vision and you brain "filters" them out so you don't notice them so much anymore. They almost never cause significant visual problems except, of course, if they cause a secondary retinal detachment as discussed above. The only way to decrease or remove the floaters is with a major surgery called a vitrectomy. As a retinal specialist for almost 2 decades I've only done this procedure to remove floaters in a handful of cases.


Dr. Rick :

As long as you have been examined by an ophthalmologist (MD) there is no need for you to go to a retina specialist for another exam. Things should clear up soon and, yes, if needed, there is no reason you can't be fit with a contact lens for your right eye only...although I really don't think that will be necessary.

Dr. Rick :

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If you were examined by your optometrist (OD) and told you had a vitreous detachment and everything was ok with your retina I would feel a lot better if you went to an ophthalmologist for another, complete examination. Optometrists really are not trained to examine the retina, especially in the periphery where most problems from a vitreous detachment occur.