Eye

Ask an eye Doctor and get an answer ASAP

Ask a Doctor,
Get an Answer ASAP!

I was hit in the eye by a baseball yesterday. Today I have…

Customer Question
I was hit in the...
I was hit in the eye by a baseball yesterday. Today I have something that looks like an eyelash in my vision (left eye). What is this and what should I do?
Submitted: 6 years ago.Category: Eye
Show More
Show Less
Ask Your Own Eye Question
Answered in 2 minutes by:
11/5/2011
Eye Doctor: Dr. Dan B., Board Certified Ophthalmologist replied 6 years ago
Dr. Dan B.
Dr. Dan B., Board Certified Ophthalmologist
Category: Eye
Satisfied Customers: 3,343
Experience: Eye surgeon experienced in cataracts, glaucoma, retina & neuro-ophthalmology
Verified
Doctor DanB : Hello and thanks for your question. Are you available to chat?
Customer:

Yes

Customer:

I'm here

Doctor DanB : Your object is likely what is called a vitreous floater. A floater tends to follow your eye movements, floating behind and then catching up to the same position they occupied. These floating spots or "bugs" or cobwebs (they can come in many shapes and sizes) as some people call them, are tiny pieces of the vitreous jelly that occupies a large amount of the volume of the back of the eye.  This vitreous jelly, when we're born, is the consistency of a jello jiggler (thick jello). As we age it liquifies and becomes more fibrous bands and water. Because of this liquification and the resultant fibrous bands that are left, there becomes more points of traction that the jelly exerts on the back of the eye where it is attached. As we move our eyes in different directions and as our pupils change shape, or even as we rub our eyes, some of these bands can become unattached from the back of the eye and a piece of it floats around, attached still to the rest of the jelly. It is this traction of the vitreous jelly on the retina that can sometimes produce flashes that you may see or may not see, or may see in the future.  If you have or develop them, these flashes tend to be small, like starbursts and are usually intermittent; they can also appear as an arcing light. One of the most important things to understand about floaters is that the process of a new floater happening can rarely lead to a retinal detachment, so it is important to know the 4 signs of a possible retinal detachment. These are: 1. sudden increase in or new floaters, 2. flashing or arcing lights that are persistent and not going away, 3. a shade/shadow/spot in your vision that you can't see light through, or 4. a large drop in your vision which doesn't improve after a few minutes. For any of these symptoms you must see an ophthalmologist as soon as possible. Because this has been caused by trauma I would make sure to see an ophthalmologist on Monday and to an ER ASAP if you have one of the 4 signs above. 
Doctor DanB :

Does that make sense?

Customer:

I don't seem to have any of the 4 symptoms at this time.

Customer:

yes it does

Doctor DanB :

That's good. That means you are probably okay to wait this out until Monday--just take it easy activity wise.

Customer:

Will it go away?

Customer:

Will itimprove?

Doctor DanB :

The floater usually gets better in one of three ways: it may start to break up, drift out of your view or the brain starts to learn how to ignore it, but usually most people are usually left with some remnant of the floater (it may not completely go away).

Doctor DanB :

Do you have any other concerns about this topic that I haven't addressed?

Customer:

Does it require surgery?

Doctor DanB :

No, only rarely if it significantly interferes with your activities of daily living.

Customer:

What are the remnants?

Doctor DanB :

Basically whatever degree of a floater doesn't resolve over time.

Customer:

It's been 12 hours since it happened.

Doctor DanB :

I would count on seeing some portion of this floater or having it pop up every now and then for the rest of your life; that's most likely.

Customer:

Anything I can do to help it heal?

Doctor DanB :

Not really, unfortunately. I would just lay low activity-wise until you can see your ophthalmologist. Unfortunately there's no medicine, supplement, or activity that will change the course of this.

Customer:

Ok. Thanks for your help.

Doctor DanB :

You're welcome.

Please help me get credit for my efforts in answering your questions and press the ACCEPT button for this encounter; this allows part of the funds that you have deposited to the website to be released for my efforts to assist you. This does not end our conversation, however—we can continue to discuss any of your concerns regarding this topic without further charges until you are satisfied.

Any positive feedback and/or bonus you may feel prompted to provide would be welcomed and is appreciated. Thanks for trusting me to help you with your concerns!

My opinion is solely informative and does not constitute a formal medical opinion or recommendation. For a formal medical opinion and/or recommendation you must see an eye doctor.

Dr. Dan B.
Dr. Dan B., Board Certified Ophthalmologist
Category: Eye
Satisfied Customers: 3,343
Experience: Eye surgeon experienced in cataracts, glaucoma, retina & neuro-ophthalmology
Verified
Dr. Dan B. and 87 other Eye Specialists are ready to help you
Ask your own question now
Was this answer helpful?

How JustAnswer works

step-image
Describe your issueThe assistant will guide you
step-image
Chat 1:1 with an eye doctorLicensed Experts are available 24/7
step-image
100% satisfaction guaranteeGet all the answers you need
Ask Dr. Dan B. Your Own Question
Dr. Dan B.
Dr. Dan B.
Dr. Dan B., Board Certified Ophthalmologist
Category: Eye
Satisfied Customers: 3,343
3,343 Satisfied Customers
Experience: Eye surgeon experienced in cataracts, glaucoma, retina & neuro-ophthalmology

Dr. Dan B. is online now

A new question is answered every 9 seconds

How JustAnswer works:

  • Ask an ExpertExperts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional AnswerVia email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site. Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction GuaranteeRate the answer you receive.

JustAnswer in the News:

Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.

What Customers are Saying:

I feel so much better today, and upon further investigation believe that there is a chance that the responses I got saved me from a serious, even life threatening situation. I am very grateful to the experts who answered me.

Susan O.USA

Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help.

Mary C.Freshfield, Liverpool, UK

This expert is wonderful. They truly know what they are talking about, and they actually care about you. They really helped put my nerves at ease. Thank you so much!!!!

AlexLos Angeles, CA

Thank you for all your help. It is nice to know that this service is here for people like myself, who need answers fast and are not sure who to consult.

GPHesperia, CA

I couldn't be more satisfied! This is the site I will always come to when I need a second opinion.

JustinKernersville, NC

Just let me say that this encounter has been entirely professional and most helpful. I liked that I could ask additional questions and get answered in a very short turn around.

EstherWoodstock, NY

Thank you so much for taking your time and knowledge to support my concerns. Not only did you answer my questions, you even took it a step further with replying with more pertinent information I needed to know.

RobinElkton, Maryland

< Previous | Next >

Meet the Experts:

Dr. Dan B.

Dr. Dan B.

Board Certified Ophthalmologist

3,343 satisfied customers

Eye surgeon experienced in cataracts, glaucoma, retina & neuro-ophthalmology

Dr. Stan

Dr. Stan

Ophthalmologist

905 satisfied customers

Johns Hopkins Fellowship Trained, Certified and Licensed Medical Physician and Surgeon

Dr. Stevens

Dr. Stevens

Ophthalmologist

629 satisfied customers

Board Certified Ophthalmologist

Dr. Susan

Dr. Susan

Ophthalmologist

217 satisfied customers

Board Certified & Fellowship trained eye surgeon.

Dr. JP

Dr. JP

Ophthalmology, Oculoplastic Surgery

28 satisfied customers

Harvard Medical School, Massachussetts Eye and Ear

Dr-Trace

Dr-Trace

Board Certified Ophthalmologist

26 satisfied customers

Board Certified in General Ophthalmology

Dr. Daniel Jewelewicz

Dr. Daniel Jewelewicz

Board Certified Ophthalmologist

11 satisfied customers

Glaucoma Specialist, Associate Professor FAU, Teaching Faculty Bascom Palmer Eye Institute

< Previous | Next >

Related Eye Questions
Eye Floaters: Hair like object in the vision of eye
JACustomer: I have a situation; a hair like object in the vision of my left eye; moves as I move my eye direction & seems to float. I am 76 years old, male and I have already tried eye drops.… read more
Dr. Dan B.
Dr. Dan B.
Board Certified Ophthalmologist
3,343 satisfied customers
I have occasional "Lightning bolt" floaters in my eye. They
I have occasional "Lightning bolt" floaters in my eye. They fade within 5 to 10 minutes, and there is no pain associated with them. They have become more frequent in the last few months -- perhaps onc… read more
Dr. A.S. Desai
Dr. A.S. Desai
Board certified general ophthalmologist
Master\u0027s Degree
1,573 satisfied customers
An hour ago I thought there was a black string hanging from
An hour ago I thought there was a black string hanging from my eyelash, but it is in my eye, but my husband can't see anything. the object seems like several black threads floating across my left eyeb… read more
Dr. Dan B.
Dr. Dan B.
Board Certified Ophthalmologist
3,343 satisfied customers
Do you have an ophthalmologist that can answer my questions.
do you have an ophthalmologist that can answer my questions … read more
Dr. A.S. Desai
Dr. A.S. Desai
Board certified general ophthalmologist
Master\u0027s Degree
1,573 satisfied customers
I have been diagnosed with vitreous detachment. No
No pain...light when I move like walking or going on the stairs. The ophthamologist said it was fine. I can go to work. I feel its worse becuz the bad eye is so blurry and I have to run my dept. And give my patients I've or injections. … read more
Dr. Nina Lim
Dr. Nina Lim
Doctor of Medicine
572 satisfied customers
Do i have retinal detachment or something else? after
do i have retinal detachment or something else? after getting an electric shock four weeks ago, i noticed a curtain over my vision and even burning sensation in my skin and eyes. later i noticed that … read more
wieyedoc
wieyedoc
Ophthalmologist & Retina Specialist
Doctoral Degree
952 satisfied customers
It's an eye question are there ophthalmologists here? Rt Eye
It's an eye question are there ophthalmologists here? … read more
wieyedoc
wieyedoc
Ophthalmologist & Retina Specialist
Doctoral Degree
952 satisfied customers
I have a question for a Canada/USA based ophthalmologist
Hello, I have a question for a Canada/USA based ophthalmologist regarding corneal scarring, specifically on non-surgical approach. I am aware of a non-surgical option for reducing/ eliminating the sca… read more
wieyedoc
wieyedoc
Ophthalmologist & Retina Specialist
Doctoral Degree
952 satisfied customers
I went to the ophthalmologist and they found a freckle on my
I went to the ophthalmologist and they found a freckle on my retina which is a Choroidal Nevi (7:00nevus: max thickness -1.5mm High IR) … read more
Dr. A.S. Desai
Dr. A.S. Desai
Board certified general ophthalmologist
Master\u0027s Degree
1,573 satisfied customers
I had a retinal detachment about two years ago and had
I had a retinal detachment about two years ago and had surgery to re-attach the retina. After that I developed a cataract in that eye. I am considering cataract surgery but noticed that retinal detach… read more
wieyedoc
wieyedoc
Ophthalmologist & Retina Specialist
Doctoral Degree
952 satisfied customers
90 days post-op vitrectomy for retinal detachment, pupil
90 days post-op vitrectomy for retinal detachment, pupil remains dilated- just looking for some good news... … read more
Dr Stan
Dr Stan
DO
3,312 satisfied customers
I had a retinal detachment in july, and a vitrectomy and
hi, i had a retinal detachment in july, and a vitrectomy and scleral buckle to fix it in july. the last couple of days i have had a lightening bolt-like flash in the same eye appear every now and then… read more
wieyedoc
wieyedoc
Ophthalmologist & Retina Specialist
Doctoral Degree
952 satisfied customers
I had a retinal detachment, with a repair, a vitrectomy and
I had a retinal detachment, with a repair, a vitrectomy and a buckle on my right eye almost 3 months ago. I am still having headaches (localized in and around the eye socket). I have extreme discomfor… read more
wieyedoc
wieyedoc
Ophthalmologist & Retina Specialist
Doctoral Degree
952 satisfied customers
I see a black line in my left eye. when i close my eye it is
I see a black line in my left eye. when i close my eye it is still there, unless the room is completely dark. it looks like a blood vessel. my first description of it was it looked like a skinny tree … read more
Dr. Dan B.
Dr. Dan B.
Board Certified Ophthalmologist
3,343 satisfied customers
What is the cause of Black Lace in a persons eye?
What is the cause of Black Lace in a persons eye?… read more
wieyedoc
wieyedoc
Ophthalmologist & Retina Specialist
Doctoral Degree
952 satisfied customers
I was hit in the eye by a baseball yesterday. Today I have
I was hit in the eye by a baseball yesterday. Today I have something that looks like an eyelash in my vision (left eye). What is this and what should I do?… read more
Dr. Dan B.
Dr. Dan B.
Board Certified Ophthalmologist
3,343 satisfied customers
I see moving lines, tiny spots when I blink my eyes. What
I see moving lines, tiny spots when I blink my eyes. What are these, what to do about them?… read more
Dr. Dan B.
Dr. Dan B.
Board Certified Ophthalmologist
3,343 satisfied customers
I am constantly seeing what appear to be black ash like
I am constantly seeing what appear to be black ash like things floating in my vision. It is so annoying. Can you help?… read more
Dr. Dan B.
Dr. Dan B.
Board Certified Ophthalmologist
3,343 satisfied customers
Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Show MoreShow Less

Ask Your Question

x