Ok. That makes sense. I think that the blobs you are seeing are caused by a vitreous
detachment and clumps of "gunk" in floating around in your vitreous.
The can be associated with a retinal tear, as you have noted, but since your tear was so long ago I would think that by now your vitreous has fully moved away from your retina and your risk for an additional tear or a retinal detachment
is low. At this point, I don't think you have anything to worry about when it comes to these floaters/blobs.
Now, you are probably wondering what can you do about the floaters? Well, 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.
Does this make sense to you?
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