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I am a 68 yr old female, and today i started experiencing some

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I am a 68 yr old female, and today i started experiencing some annoying floaters in my right eye. There are a few black spots and a little bit of a "spider web" I have done some research and understand this to be a part of aging, but I am wondering how much time I can let go by before seeing an eye doctor. It will be Friday here tomorrow, and I wonder if this can wait until Monday. I have been using a computer and a smart phone a lot more than I ever had, could this be straining my eye? What should I do before seeing the Doctor?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Eye
Expert:  Dr. A.S. Desai replied 1 year ago.

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I guess it is alright to get the eyes examined on monday since you do not seem to have any other eye symptoms apart from floaters.

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If floaters are associated with sudden flashes of light and fogginess of vision as if one were to be looking through a veil or curtain, then it is important to get the eye examined by an ophthalmologist or preferably by a retina specialist so as to rule out the presence of retinal detachment. If you experiencing only floaters without flashes of light or fogginess of vision, then it is most likely to be due to PVD. Here is a brief note on posterior vitreous detachment

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In this condition the thick gel at the back of the eye( called vitreous) gets detached from its surrounding retina . This results in retinal traction which results in the symptom of flashes of light and includes color distortion. Flashes of light may not be prominent in some individuals. Once the vitreous gets detached completely , it may form clumps or strands and cause symptom of floaters such as dark spots, cobweb or thread like strands in the visual field. More often it is not a serious issue and does not require any specific treatment. A routine retina examination needs to be done by an ophthalmologist just to check for the intactness of the retina and to look for any peripheral retinal tears or holes, which if found, can be sealed by lasers. The only concern is that of a remote possibility of a retinal tear extending into a frank retinal detachment, which is characterised by symptoms of sudden increase of flashes or floaters and a curtain or veil falling in the field of vision. This requires urgent treatment by a retinal specialist. This is not a common feature and is more predisposed in myopic and diabetic individuals. You do not seem to be having any of these acute symptoms, so as of now a routine eye exam should suffice. PVD can occur suddenly at anytime and is a diagnosis of exclusion and does not show any signs as such on eye examination. What you would need at this stage is a routine eye exam ( not an emergency) to look at the back of the eye. If PVD is confirmed then there is nothing much to be done. It would be best to ignore the floaters after that. Some floaters tend to drift out of visual field too.

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