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Old 06-20-2006, 04:08 PM   #1
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Are floaters a symptom or aren't they?

My GP, neuro, and ophthalmologist all said that floaters were local to the eye and were not caused by MS. They said that most everyone has floaters, and they only start to notice them when they are stressed or don't feel well. Do a lot of you have floaters as a symptom? More so than prior to being diagnosed?

 
Old 06-20-2006, 04:25 PM   #2
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Re: Are floaters a symptom or aren't they?

I dont know if i have ms... not sure what i have but i do have floaters and since all my syptoms of what i think is ms started I have noticed that i seem to have more floaters then usual.. especially when im outside in the sun and also I notice them when im taking a shower.. i know ms causes ocular problems so floaters may be one of them..I would like to find out also from someone who has been diagnosed.
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Old 06-20-2006, 06:07 PM   #3
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Re: Are floaters a symptom or aren't they?

I have MS and I have floaters but I have had them for ever and I never thought twice about them. I don't know what their association is with MS. I do know that my left eye does not focus as good as my right eye and no one knows why
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Old 06-20-2006, 08:10 PM   #4
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Re: Are floaters a symptom or aren't they?

Floaters are one of the many visiual symptoms of MS. Diplopia (double vision), floaters, Nystagmus (rapid eye movement), optic atrophy, optic neuritis, and uveitis. Did did the optho do any further testing when you seen him? If not I suggest a consult with another qualified opthomologist. It may not be MS, but get checked anyway. Hope this helps.

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Old 06-21-2006, 04:43 AM   #5
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Re: Are floaters a symptom or aren't they?

excuse me for being thick.....but what are floaters?? I keep seeing something black moving quickly from the 'corner of my eye'. Is this what you class as a floater?

It scares me half the time, but only because i think its a spider i have seen running across my floor.....and i hate spiders!!! When i get someone to check for me, they tell me there is no spider! I think i'm going mad.

 
Old 06-21-2006, 09:39 AM   #6
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Re: Are floaters a symptom or aren't they?

fairynuff,
yes floaters are usually black little wavy lines or dots that seem to float by in your vision, its actually the gel in the eye that is breaking away from the wall in the back of your eye... doctors usually say they are harmless and happen as we get older.. they are most common in people who are near sighted... but i have noticed an increase in them since not feeling well.. maybe just a coincidence or maybe from what ever is wrong with me...
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Thanks for replying tiffany. Yes i am near sighted. At least i won't have to keep checking for the eight-legged arachnids (sp) anymore!!!

 
Old 06-21-2006, 05:48 PM   #8
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Re: Are floaters a symptom or aren't they?

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Originally Posted by KCTim
My GP, neuro, and ophthalmologist all said that floaters were local to the eye and were not caused by MS. They said that most everyone has floaters, and they only start to notice them when they are stressed or don't feel well. Do a lot of you have floaters as a symptom? More so than prior to being diagnosed?

Just wanted to let you know that I found a great site to answer some questions for you. [url]www.mscentralsupport.com/visual.html[/url]. Hope this helps. It really explains things in ways you can understand.

vicky

 
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