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I have floaters all through my eyes. Little circles. Strings.

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I have floaters all through my eyes. Little circles. Strings. Strings of small circles. Look like small bacterial colonies, you know. And I see halos. Starburst. Not cool. This started happening a few years ago. I started sleeping badly. Had knee surgery. Think I have even gotten some polyps in my nasal cavity, from some allergy maybe. Some years back, before any of this, I had a major accident - blood on the brain. Is this kind of vision normal? I used to enjoy seeing clear skies. No, I don't think retinal tearing - I don't see flashes. What could have caused this - just aging?

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

Dr. Rick :

what you are experiencing is called a posterior vitreous detachment. This can even occur with the absence of flashes.

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 :

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.

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I see that you are offline. I'll switch over to the Q&A system. This system works a lot like 'text messaging' but an email is sent to each of us anytime something is posted to this thread. We can continue to work on your question there..... :)

Also, I agree with you: From what you have posted I do not think you have a retinal tear or are experiencing a retinal detachment :)
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Customer: replied 5 years ago.
Thanks for your help.
My pleasure :-)