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Floaters and the Low Vision Eye

Author: Dan Takas

Imagine staring at your television screen and suddenly a squiggly line drifts into your field of vision. When you try to get a closer look at it, it moves away as if it knows you're trying to see it better. What was that? you might wonder. As far as vision problems go, this can seem pretty disturbing.

Actually, such lines are known as eye floaters a€" they're in fact fairly common and generally not harmful. Surprisingly, doctors haven't come up with an medical term for them; they call them eye floaters, too. Once you get used to floaters and realize they rarely affect eyesight in a harmful way, they can become easier to ignore.But for some people, floaters can be quite annoying. "Not a week goes by that a patient doesn't call us wanting to rush into a clinic and see us because they're seeing eye floaters," says an ophthalmologist at the Portland Eye Center at the University of Oregon State.

And while seeing eye floaters isn't a reason to panic, in some cases, you'd be right to call your doctor; Eye floaters can also be a symptom of a more serious eye condition. Also, inquiring about low vision products or products for macular degeneration would be something to look into.

Your eye is filled with a transparent jellylike substance called vitreous humor. Light bounces off your vitreous humor and enters your eye through the pupil. The light then passes through your lens, which focuses the image on your retina. Your retina helps send this information on to your brain to process.

Sometimes stringy clumps of cell fragments can develop and float around in the vitreous humor. If a floater gets in the way of the light coming into your eye, it will cast a shadow onto your retina, which you then see. As you get older, floaters tend to become more common. According to the institute, they're also more common in people with severe nearsightedness or diabetes.

Your eyesight is not to take for granted. Rest assured, most cases of floaters are not life changing.

How to get more information - Ask your Eye MD for a Low vision Specialist. Low vision specialists are licensed doctors of optometry who are trained in the examination and management of patients with visual impairments. A few of them are ophthalmologists with additional training in low vision care. Their services do not offer a cure for the causes of low vision, but they do help the patient learn how to utilize their remaining vision to its fullest potential. Low vision care does not replace the possible need for other treatments such as laser, medication, and surgery.

What are low vision aids - The most common low vision aid for reading is called a Desktop Video Magnifier. These low vision products feature a camera mounted over a tray on which the material to be magnified is placed. Some have a built-in monitor and are known as "stand-alone" magnifiers. Others are designed to connect to a television or personal computer.

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10 Responses to Eye Problems Floaters

  1. gopren says:

    whether taking Lutein and beta-carotenes will improve eye floaters problems?
    I have a lot of eye floaters . Some say if i take capsules with Lutein and beta-carotene will reduce the floaters or reduce further forming. Please comment whether it is true?

    • Judy B says:

      No.

      Lutein is thought to help slow the progression of macular degeneration (trials are underway but not completed). Floaters are small bits of thickened gel in the vitreous of your eye, not a retinal problem.

  2. Setty says:

    Can smoking weed cause eye problems like floaters?
    I have floaters in my I and I’m thinking its from red I cause by weed smoking. Not sure if they are related but I think they are.

    • dougie says:

      No, floaters are not “weed” related. They are common aging changes in the eye. Certainly smoking weed can have other health issues, but floaters is not one of them.

  3. leowin1948 says:

    What is” floaters” in eye problems?How far it is harmful?
    Floater is seeing a spot when a person looks at a white wall or surface.some people say it is harmless but others describe it as a serious condition of eye.

  4. anne says:

    Severe Eye problems at night times. Please help me. Does floaters will be settled down after some days ?
    I checked up with 3 opthamologists and all of them told me nothing wrong with my eyes. But i have floaters and all the above mentioned symptoms. I have not gone through any eye surgeries.
    I am 25 years old from India. I am not diabetic. From the time i used malarial antibiotics 8 months back, i am facing this problems.
    Please help me.
    Your answers are highly appreciable.

    • Dr. Bill says:

      Over time many of the floaters should float out of view. I don’t know the connection, but it sounds like the malarial medication may have something to do with them.

  5. Rene says:

    eye problems?
    i think i have something called floaters, its an eye problem where i see a very small black dot everywhere. Iv’e been reading about it and im planning on going to see my optometrist, but while im sitting here on yahoo answers i’d like to know if anyone has this condition or knows anything about it; like treatment or prognosis. thanx!
    i never knew it was that common lol, no it doesnt hurt at all and i only notice when i focus on it…i just wanted some more info thats all. has anyone ever seen an optometrist for it? thanx for your responses
    frenchtraveler thanx for your great answer. im almost positive they’re floaters though because like you said as well…this dot follows gravity most of the time and it does “float”.

    • frenchtraveler says:

      It doesn’t sound like floaters. Floaters . . . well, they float. They are dead cells trapped in the eye that float across the vision. I’ve had them, they tend to follow gravity most of the time. Doctors say nothing can be done for them, but I find them less noticeable when I’ve had a good rest. I think a good nutrient-rich diet helps, you can even take over-the-counter vitamins that support healthy eye function. I also use an essential oil called Frankincense — not IN the eye, but above the eye. It seems to clear things up.

      That is not the same thing as a very small black dot everywhere. That sounds something with the retina or something they call macular degneration (a common thing in diabetics). I’M NOT A DOCTOR – don’t take this as a diagnosis. It is good that you are going to an eye doctor to see what’s going on.

      Ask the doctor about the vitamins, if he/she thinks they would help. My eye doctor also suggests taking flax seed oil. It helps to moisturize.

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