Eye floaters - anyone else have these?

Discussion in 'The Watercooler' started by graceupongrace, Sep 15, 2010.

  1. graceupongrace

    graceupongrace New Member

    Well, here's another sign that I'm aging: eye floaters. I thought I had gotten mascara on my contact lens or something, but when I removed the lens, I still saw it. Apparently eye floaters are usually harmless, and you just learn to live with them.

    I'm hoping that the only effect they'll have on my vision is to make it harder for me to see my crow's feet -- lol!

  2. SRL

    SRL Active Member

    I thought I was having floaters and it turned out to be a side effect of having undiagnosed high blood pressure, so be sure and get that checked out if you haven't.
  3. Star*

    Star* call 911........call 911

    I have had them all my life. Vitreous (sp) fluid bits if optic nerve...yadda yadda (I was thinking at that point of explaination uh huh...no they don't go away.......okay how do I pay the light bill AND the insurance?) and then snapped back to hear the tail end of what I'm sure was a very long explaination of nothing I will ever need to know again in my life. YOU CAN and I HAVE done finger here, away, here, away exercises to strengthen the muscles in your eyes and it has helped somewhat. He said there is no proof it works. I used to think jumping up and down literally shaking the fluid or tossing my head around like a dog would help. DO NOT TRY THAT. It only makes you really, really dizzy, and you can feel your brain almost come undone. I have no idea how the dog does it. Another reason to call a canine incredible. Long story longer - there is no way to get rid of them but sometimes looking in the opposite direction hard will cause them to go somewhere else.

    I also have tried flash glancing - sometimes that helps but I think they (floaters) just take their good old time doing the annoying dance. Like SEE ME? See me NOW? See ME now? See ME NOW? HOW ABOUT.........NOW. NOW? NOW? and NOW?
  4. Bean

    Bean Member

    I have floaters, too. But go to the eye doctor and get them properly diagnosis'd, just in case. They can see them and diagnosis them with an eye exam. But there are other factors that can cause disturbances in your vision, and you want to rule them out. Not trying to scare you, but floaters are usually clear, not black like mascara or anything. The outline can sometimes look kind of greyish.
  5. Kjs

    Kjs Guest

    Please get that checked out. My mother had this and it was an initial sign of her retina detatching. I know many times it is harmless, but you should get your eyes checked just to be sure.
  6. tawnya

    tawnya New Member

    Had them for years, and they (mine) do kinda look like something on the contacts, but without the scratchiness.

    Like others said, go get it checked out.

    I also have the spots before my eyes (aura) right before a migraine.

    It is annoying, though.
  7. Marguerite

    Marguerite Active Member

    I've had a few floaters for years. You get to know them fairly quickly. But a couple of months ago I had a sudden increase in floaters - large, rust-coloured floaters acrodd my vision coupled with a jagged lightning flash every time my eyes flicked from one side to the other. I was driving when I realised it, and it was on dusk. I had to keep going but I knew it meant possible big trouble.

    Even though the lightning flashes stopped after a few hours, I still needed to be assessed urgently.

    Cause - as we age, and especially if we are short-sighted, the vitreous humour pulls away from the retina. When it does, it sometimes pulls a bit on the retina and can cause a small tear. Or some level of damage. This damage can progress rapidly if left untreated. If a problem is developing and you don't get treatment, you can lose your sight.

    I was seen that night (eventually) and had to be seen next morning by an ophthalmic registrar. It was Sunday, in Canberra. She referred me to an eye specialist in Sydney (since we were only in Canberra for the weekend). Back in Sydney next morning, I rang my optometrist (first) to get the name of a good eye specialist from their point of view. Then I rang, to be told that it normally would be a several month wait. Then I mentioned the symptoms. I was seen that morning. The eye surgeon finally found a retinal bleed, but no detachment However, I had to see him again in a few days, and then in a few weeks.

    Since then, a good friend (one who stepped up and drove me to the eye doctor that first afternoon, since I was advised to not drive myself home) has had the same problem. Thankfully hers was not a bleed, just an increase in floaters.

    I have to see my eye specialist again in a few weeks, to make sure there has been no change.

    Don't neglect this, get it checked out. A sudden increase in floaters is a problem. Floaters that have been there for years are almost certainly NOT a problem.

  8. AnnieO

    AnnieO Shooting from the Hip

    I have had one in my left eye since i was about 17. It's annoying is all.

    Last weekend I had my eyes checked, dilation and all. I have an extremely high prescription, so they did the whole banana - and I am at high risk for retinal detachment. They're monitoring my eyes, now.

    Interestingly, I've heard this for about 20 years, and my prescription didn't change for the last 13 - I just had to have an exam every year for a new scrip - for new contacts.

    Well, it changed. So now... We'll see.

    I just wonder HOW BLIND you have to be, before you get tax credits and are considered LEGALLY BLIND???
  9. Marguerite

    Marguerite Active Member

    There are strict definitions for legal blindness. From what I recall, if your CORRECTED vision is still so bad that you can't read the top letter on the eye chart, you're legally blind. I remember also with loss of peripheral vision, if your world looks like you're looking through a drinking straw, you're legally blind. Not sure how bad macula problems have to be. If you Google "legally blind" you might find out. If you really want to know...

    I wanted to know because I stopped being able to read the top letter on the eye chart while I was still at school. Of course, I can read it with glasses on. But I spent my first few years not realising how bad my eyesight was. Glasses opened up my world.

  10. Lothlorien

    Lothlorien Active Member Staff Member

    I've had floaters for many years....even prior to having my children. However, they got progressively worse after having kids. They quieted down a little since having kids. They aren't quite so annoying now, but if I'm overly stressed, they become more bothersome.
  11. graceupongrace

    graceupongrace New Member

    Thanks, everyone.

    SRL, I don't think it's high blood pressure. Mine always runs low -- miraculously, even in the midst of intense difficult child-induced stress.

    It wouldn't hurt to have my eyes checked, though. I still don't need reading glasses, which amazes my eye doctor. Maybe this is the part of aging that I get instead. Ugh.
  12. Star*

    Star* call 911........call 911

    I swear I love you Marg - but I started reading what you wrote and again...........just like in the doctors office......hahaha. I'm thinking my brain must go on auto pilot once my ears hear - you won't go blind.
  13. witzend

    witzend Well-Known Member

    husband and I were talking about this just the other day. He told me that he had read an article in Scientific American that said that you could have the fluid removed from your eye with a needle. Uh... no thanks!
  14. Marguerite

    Marguerite Active Member

    Witz, I was reading up on treatments for this kind of cause for retinal detachment, they only do it in really bad cases and it doesn't necessarily work well. It's only if the vitreous humor is so badly clouded with floaters and junk that won't ever clear (for example, a really bad bleed into the eye) that they dod this because there really is no other way to restore vision. But it does bring other problems.

    I'd have to be really desperate.

  15. susiestar

    susiestar Roll With It

    Haven't read all the posts, but have had these since my teens. Sometimes they are more visible than others, usually they are not a problem. Or so the eye docs tell me (the MD kind, not the optometrist kind).
  16. gcvmom

    gcvmom Here we go again!

    I'm in this club, too. It IS annoying, but for the most part, you'll find you're able to ignore it. And like the others said, get it checked out anyway.
  17. witzend

    witzend Well-Known Member

    I only really notice mine in bright light.
  18. graceupongrace

    graceupongrace New Member

    Oh, Witz, have the fluid removed from your eye with a needle? That's what living with a difficult child feels like sometimes! :tongue:
  19. GoingNorth

    GoingNorth Crazy Cat Lady

    Marg probably covered this, but just a warning. A sudden onset of lots of floaters, or a sudden increase in floaters can signal an impending retinal detachment.
  20. Hound dog

    Hound dog Nana's are Beautiful

    I haven't read all the posts but did glimpse at a few.

    Both of my girls have had floaters since they were in grade school. I had them checked out by Travis' opthalmologist (eye MD doctor) to make sure there was nothing to worry about.

    While it's probably something to do with aging, please been seen by an opthalmologist and checked to make sure nothing else is going on.