Re: Young with Floaters...help please
I'm 42 and I have had floaters on both my eyes ever since I have memory. I still remember when I was 6 years old sitting beside my mom and I told her: "Mom, I see a lot of dust flying around the room". My parents didn't know much about floaters so no one paid attention to it until I reached late teens and started questioning my doctor.
Floaters are dead retina cells. Once dead, they fall off. When they just fell off, they are right in front of your retina so the images of them are very clear. Over time they float away from your retina so the images of them become blurry. Some doctor might say floaters will go away but fact is, they don't. Small floaters simple get blurry over time and less noticeable or you simply gotten used to them. In my case, floaters really affected me. I like to stay in darker environment and I also can't concentrate on reading.
Some floaters are caused by aging. Eyeball gets longer and retina can only stretch so much. Some floaters are caused by blood vessel on retina having problems supplying blood to the edge to keep cells alive. Latter is likely the cause for young people with floaters.
I've seen a retina specialist in my area and I was told there is a procedure that can be done. It involves flushing the fluids in your eyeball and replacing with clear fluids. I am bothered by the floaters so much, I actually don't mind doing it, but he told me such procedure is for extreme case. At my age, I still have 20/25 vision. He explained to me that such a procedure would likely introduce a positive or negative pressure in the eyeball which means I would need glasses. So, in my case, it's not worth the risk losing good eyesight.
Will it get worse? Maybe, maybe not. The worst would be the 'sunset' where the retina just completely falls off and your vision slowly goes to complete darkness at the same rate as the retina falls to the bottom of your eyeball. Scary just thinking about it.
One time about 5 years ago. I was just riding on a bus heading to work. I suddenly see a red patch. With the understand of the cause of my floaters, I instantly know that that was bleeding inside my eyeball. The movement of my eyeball pulled the patch into a streak. At the end of the day, the blood had disappeared. I guess I should say difused into the fluid in the eyeball. Now, on that eye, the image is a little browner than the other eye. I guess the blood added a shade in the fluid. Of course I went to see eye doctor. The advise I got was: "When you have a bowel movement, don't bear down so hard. The tiny blood vessel in your eyeballs may not be able to take the pressure.".
That's all I know about floaters. Hope that helps.