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Old 03-16-2012, 09:00 AM   #1
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why don't doctors care about eye floaters?

I'm 22 years old and I've been suffering from eye floaters since the age of 19.

I've gone to many doctors, and they basically told me to ignore them. However this is not possible.
How can you ignore this?

they told me a vitrectomy is serious and very risky and no doctor wants to do it, at least where I live.

why don't they find out a medicine that would dissolve eye floaters inside the eye?

what's so difficult about it? isn't this the 21 century? we have computers, nano technology, and no safe cure for eye floaters?

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Old 03-16-2012, 11:05 AM   #2
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Re: why don't doctors care about eye floaters?

They don't do anything about them because everyone gets them and the older you get, the more you get. They don't cause any harm...just a pain in the neck to see float across the vision...but otherwise they are totally harmless.

In medicine, it's "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" and with eye floaters, nothing is broken...so why fix it? Eye surgery brings the possibility of blindness and even death so why fix something that is harmless and risk dying or going blind?

If they make you anxious, then fix the anxiety and not the eye.

 
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Old 03-16-2012, 11:22 AM   #3
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Re: why don't doctors care about eye floaters?

I'm sorry but unless you are a floater sufferer by yourself, then you can't really know what it is like to live with severe eye floaters

my floaters are too many in both of my eyes, I see them all the time, even inside my house when not much of sun light comes in

floaters are the cause of my anxiety, how can you "Fix" anxiety without "fixing" the problem that causes it?

it's the same as saying, cancer causes death, well don't fix cancer, fix the death.

how aren't they harmless when they have literally ruined my life, I don't want to go out, I hate the sun, I can't concentrate on anything

how is this not harmless?

I don't care about blindness, I would rather take the risk and then go blind than have these things constantly floating in my eyes

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Old 03-28-2012, 03:59 PM   #4
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Re: why don't doctors care about eye floaters?

Howdy! I'm 24 years old and I've been dealing with floaters for quite awhile myself. Every time I move my eyes (most often sideways to the left or right) I see those little buggers! I have quite a few so I see them often. On the computer, in the light, in a normal room. Never fails.
Of course, I've also been dealing with pain in my eyes, discomfort and so on. All of this the doctors can't figure out what's going on.
I'll tell you what, these things still bother and scare me. But I had tried an anti-anxiety medicine which actually helped a whole lot! I've weaned myself off of it now. The anti-anxiety medicine has helped me to move past it and ignore it. It's hard, but I've learned to look past the floaters.
I read at one website that quickly moving your eyes/gaze up and down will get those annoying little buggers moved out of the way some. This helps sometimes for me but not always.
Maybe you can also try some vision therapy? I read about that on another website that I've been using too. Seems like stretching your eye muscles or something, haha!
Anyway, I'm sorry there's not much I can say that helps. You are defiantly not alone. I draw a lot, so moving my eyes a lot makes me notice those annoying floaters and they are SO ANNOYING. But, I do suggest you look into testing out some anxiety medicine as it did help me.
You may want to see what you can do about your diet too. Take some vitamins and such. I've read about diet change helping to keep those annoying buggers at bay too.

 
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Old 04-07-2012, 12:37 PM   #5
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Re: why don't doctors care about eye floaters?

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I'm sorry but unless you are a floater sufferer by yourself, then you can't really know what it is like to live with severe eye floaters

my floaters are too many in both of my eyes, I see them all the time, even inside my house when not much of sun light comes in

floaters are the cause of my anxiety, how can you "Fix" anxiety without "fixing" the problem that causes it?

it's the same as saying, cancer causes death, well don't fix cancer, fix the death.

how aren't they harmless when they have literally ruined my life, I don't want to go out, I hate the sun, I can't concentrate on anything

how is this not harmless?

I don't care about blindness, I would rather take the risk and then go blind than have these things constantly floating in my eyes
Same boat, have floaters as well, since I can remember, it has been a long time and I am 20 yrs. old.

 
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Old 08-14-2012, 05:25 AM   #6
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Re: why don't doctors care about eye floaters?

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Howdy! I'm 24 years old and I've been dealing with floaters for quite awhile myself. Every time I move my eyes (most often sideways to the left or right) I see those little buggers!
Yep me too. Came on suddenly a couple of months ago. Scared the hell out of me. Had all the tests done so I am fine. Maybe I always had them but just noticed them??

Mine are big and hazy. Like a ghost rushing past my vision when I move my eyes, it moves in the opposite direction. usually when I am in front of a bright laptop screen at night or in a room looking out a bright window.

But once I am outside I don't notice them at all!

 
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Old 08-16-2012, 11:19 PM   #7
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Re: why don't doctors care about eye floaters?

Thats odd I notice mine a lot when outside when it is cloudy and looking at the sky.

 
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Old 08-17-2012, 01:01 AM   #8
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Re: why don't doctors care about eye floaters?

Hi John

I've had floaters for about the last 35 years - they started when I was about your age. Initially they were very irritating and noticable but as time goes on you become less aware of them. Somedays you won't notice them at all and some days you will.

Believe me - the doctors are right not to want to do a vitrectomy just to deal with floaters because the eye is extremely sensitive and there is a chance that you'll end up with a complication that is worse. I know because it has happened to me! Earlier this year I had posterior vitreous detachment (PVD) and had 2 lots of laser surgery to repair tears. I was left with much, much worse floaters and I asked if anything could be done to get rid of them. I was told only a vitrecomy but the risk of problems (including loss of vision) were too high to be considered. I accepted this and tried to move on but shortly after I had a vitreous haemorrhage and had to have a vitrectomy. This was followed by retinal detchment and now, 7 months on, I think everything has stabalised but I have lost macular vision in that eye and I still have some floaters!

I know it's hard when you have something like this that irriates but believe me the alternatives are far, far worse!

 
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Old 09-02-2012, 08:48 AM   #9
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Re: why don't doctors care about eye floaters?

See the new post I made concerning floaters.

I have very severe eye floaters and they are driving me crazy. I went to the ophthalmologist on Friday and he said everything looks perfectly normal. He said they sometimes do surgery for floaters but the risks are too serious to strongly consider the surgery. He basically told me floaters are common and you have to live with them. He told me the warning signs to look for... a curtain like appearance over one or both eyes, big flashing lights. If either symptom develops, it's time to come back promptly. Otherwise, even though I am bothered massively by the sudden increase in floaters, my eyes are fine and there's no need to worry but just to live with it.

I guess since they know there is nothing they can do for the issue, it is a common one and it doesn't structurally damage your eyes, they leave them alone. I wish the damn floaters would leave me alone. lol

 
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Old 02-23-2013, 12:14 PM   #10
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Re: why don't doctors care about eye floaters?

Think about it.

These days its all about money. If you fix one thing especially in the drug medical industry you may have ended one area of profit forever. That career/job gone. Back to school. lol

Personally I would rather get these rid of than getting a new prescription and new glasses. -.-

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Old 02-28-2013, 05:40 PM   #11
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Re: why don't doctors care about eye floaters?

I cant believe how many people suffer from floaters! I thought I was the only one. About 30yrs ago or so I suffered from an attack of Crescent shaped flashing lights, that lasted about 20minutes, in the DARK! I was so scared I didn't know what was happening. I considered for a moment to go to the Hospital ER, it was THAT BAD. Instead, as the lights subsided, I called my Opthm in the morning. They said I HAD to come in THAT DAY to be seen because floaters are a symptom of detatched retina. So, I did as I was told, saw the Dr. that day - a retina specialist - and he said my retina looked fine and explained what had happened to me was an optical migraine. He told me had I not that flash light attack, I would have had the most horrifying headache you can imagine. He also said that as it happened once, it could happen again. Each time it "happens" you HAVE to see the opthm to rule out detatched retina. Its been around 30yrs and I have never had another BUT THE FLOATERS are unreal. But I agree with everyone above, you WILL get rid of the Panic, eventually your Brain is just going to accept them as "normal for you", that I can promise. One thing that did help me, as I was so aware of them for so long....when driving around,,,if there were Green Trees on both sides of me I did not notice the floaters. I believe the color green camoflages (mispld sorry) them, so you "could" try a pair of Green Tinted sunglasses..... recently I became concerned because I hadn't been aware of my floaters and I thought maybe something was wrong with me, like the vitreous is becoming too hard....they aren't moving around as much,,,,,but no,,,,i made myself aware of them, they are there. Dots, worm-like structures, spider ****. circles, red blood cells....the Dr. said that is exactly what they are cells from the retina that pulled away and now we see them exactly like looking under a microscope at a piece of hair, or a white or red blood cell.....same thing. Don't panic, I also went the route of valium, it DOES WORK, I also went the route of Recovery international, Inc. meetings for panic, etc.....but you will be allright. Just if you get that Flash Attack, day or night, or like other said, the "curtain" starts to fall down, or up or close in from the sides, go running to the Opthm.....Good Luck, keep us posted

 
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Re: why don't doctors care about eye floaters?

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Thats odd I notice mine a lot when outside when it is cloudy and looking at the sky.
I also notice mine tremendously Outside, moreso then inside, especially up at the beautiful sky......I can only remember what the clouds used to really look like.....

 
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Old 02-28-2013, 05:51 PM   #13
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Re: why don't doctors care about eye floaters?

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I'm sorry but unless you are a floater sufferer by yourself, then you can't really know what it is like to live with severe eye floaters

my floaters are too many in both of my eyes, I see them all the time, even inside my house when not much of sun light comes in

floaters are the cause of my anxiety, how can you "Fix" anxiety without "fixing" the problem that causes it?

it's the same as saying, cancer causes death, well don't fix cancer, fix the death.

how aren't they harmless when they have literally ruined my life, I don't want to go out, I hate the sun, I can't concentrate on anything

how is this not harmless?

I don't care about blindness, I would rather take the risk and then go blind than have these things constantly floating in my eyes

If you would seriously rather take the risk,,,, first do the research on the Recovery of a Vitrectomy,,,,,it is GRUELING from what I have read and I am dreading the day make that Years of recovery when I have to have one....then if you STILL WANT IT,,,and you cannot find a doctor, go to a local University Hospital, even if you have to go to Germany if you are in Italy,, and get in on their research, or tell them you want to have it done. They will be more than happy to research on you after you sign all their papers for liability and you "may" end up with the outcome you are looking for. But I Doubt it. It may take a few years but ....sometimes I play with my floaters.....make the best of me I say!

 
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Old 04-16-2013, 11:28 AM   #14
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Re: why don't doctors care about eye floaters?

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I also notice mine tremendously Outside, moreso then inside, especially up at the beautiful sky......I can only remember what the clouds used to really look like.....
I see mine worse on cloudy days and I do like you said sometimes and play with them when I am bored and make them move and stuff. I don't like them but they aren't going away.:/

One time i was moving my eyes around getting them to move and my brother or somebody saw me and asked what I was doing with my eyes.

 
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oH thats funny!! All goes back to how "others" will never know unless they experience it themselves. It actually took ME around 3 years (which is what the neurologist said - exactly 3 years) for the brain/eye connection to accept each other. I stand by my "theory" of the color Green, Blending the floaters into the rest of the surroundings - and by the site of the (blue) sky - I really believe its true. I hate the fact that the "spider/cob ****" are all over my field of vision, especially in the sky - BUT like we all agree I believe, most of us anyway, consider the alternative? No site at all. The thought of THAT, is simply not acceptable in the year 2013 when we can do so many things.....the most important of them is to FIND THE VERY BEST OF THE BEST, ESPECIALLY IF YOUR SITUATION IS "DIFFERENT" OR MORE COMPLICATED THAN THE STANDARD. We ARE Special! Good Luck to EveryOne, and remember you WILL adjust - even if it takes 3 years, but everyone please do your research on vitrectomies before making a decision (I reconfirmed, just yesterday with my Retina Specialist). My Dr. says although we have made great strides in the past 30years, its still a risky surgery and he does not recommend having it done for SIMPLE FLOATERS.

 
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