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I have a significant increase in "floaters" following

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I have a significant increase in "floaters" following cataract surgery. The surgeon tells me this is due to vitreous body detachment following the surgery. Will these floaters reduce with time? Is the detachment itself a permanent condition or will it "reattach"? Is the condition likely to worsen?
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Eye
Expert:  Dr. Stevens replied 8 years ago.

Hello there

Lets talk about what that is. The back of the eyeball is full of a gel called vitreous. This gel is intimately attached to the retina and as we age, this gel liquifies, shrinks and pulls away from the retina. Where it was attached on the optic nerve, a small imprint is left, often described as a semi-circle or an out of focus cobweb. So this is permanent and it does not reattach. Your brain will learn to ignore it over time, and sometimes they settle a bit lower in your vision.. They will always be more noticeable against a blue sky or white wall. If you notice new floaters, from this point on, you need to be re-examined, I hope this answered all your questions, Dr. Stevens

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