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Floaters. How bad?
Apr 2, 2007
Man, it was a bad day for me. But it was so nice out, I decided to go lay out in this big grass field near my house and lay down in the grass and kick back and relax to a nice cigar. So I did. The sky was a crystal clear blue with a few specs of a white cloud here and there.

I've never experienced floaters before, unless I'm looking at the sky. If I have my head flat and there's no trees around and look directly up so all I see is blue, if I move my eyes around sometimes I can notice tiny tiny shadows here and there. I've noticed them before, but only when looking at the blue sky.

I don't wear contacts. I don't wear glasses. I've never had any trouble with my vision. I've never had an eye injury of any kind except a spitball back in 5th grade. And I first noticed these floaters yeeeears ago but I never thought anything of it. Now that I'm older (nearly 21) and learning more about health, I learned about floaters. However I'm questioning whether what I'm seeing is bad or not. Again, it's been years since I first noticed this, and only tonight I realized what they could be. Also take note, I never ever see these unless I'm looking up at the sky and I move my eyes around a lot. Even then sometimes it takes me a while to see them. If I look at a car, or a computer screen, or anything else, I never see them.

After googling a bit, I found this. How accurate is this?

Also, if I go to an eye doc and test positive for floaters, how do I get rid of them? Is there something they can do, or am I just SOL if my retinas start to detach?

The vitreous is a clear gel that fills the space between the crystalline lens and the retina. As you age, the vitreous begins to thin and sometimes separate from the back of the eye. This is known as posterior vitreous detachment (PVD). As bits of the vitreous gel separate, they may cast shadows on the retina. These shadows are referred to as floaters. These floaters are very common and rarely cause any serious problems.

However, floaters may also be the result of a more serious condition. Floaters may result from retinal tears or detachment, or from an eye disease. Floaters may also present a more serious problem if they are associated with migraine headaches.

Floaters may present themselves in various symptoms. These include:

* Black spots
* Spider webs
* Flashing lights or colors
* Obstructed vision

Floaters are generally considered harmless. However, if floaters are accompanied by other symptoms they may be a sign of a more serious problem. If you are noticing floaters in your line of vision, contact us today for an evaluation of this visual impairment.

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