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When is a floater something to worry about?

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Old 08-20-2012, 11:00 AM   #1
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kenney367 HB User
Question When is a floater something to worry about?

Hi All:

I'm coming to this forum as a last resort. I've been dealing with some ongoing eye issues lately, and despite reassurances, I feel like something is wrong.

Long story short, about 2 months ago I developed an obnoxiously large floater in the middle of my right eye. I never usually get floaters, so it was unusual for me. When a month had passed and it was no better, I saw a local optometrist, who said that it was "normal" and that it would "go away on it's own".

Fast forward to two weeks later, and my vision was increasingly dotted/spotted with floaters, and I was seeing a few flashes of light. The original dark floater now appeared to have lines extending above and below it. I visited an ophthalmology clinic and saw an MD, and went through the same tests and procedures. Again, I was told it was "just a floater" and that my eyes were "perfectly healthy". I tried to communicate to the doc just how disruptive this was to my life, but my concerns were brushed off.

It's been about 3 weeks since that visit. I've noticed an increase in floaters in my vision (nowhere near as big or as problematic as the big one), and the lines coming from the original floater are extremely apparent.

This is distracting when I drive, work on a computer, read, pretty much doing anything. I feel like I am constantly looking at the world through dirty glasses. I am always conscious of this spot, I can never "ignore it" like I have been told to do. If I close my eyes and try to clear the lens of my eye, the floater will drift left or right, but the big one with the lines will always settle smack dab in the middle of my vision in my right eye. Every time I move my eye, I see the floater and it's lines move across my vision.

I am concerned that I have a more serious issue going on than just floaters in my eye. Both doctors I saw brushed it off, citing my eyes were in perfect health.

What should I do? Day by day my vision becomes more and more obstructed by these floaters. I want to trust the docs I saw, but my gut is telling me something isn't right. I've never, ever had floaters before to this degree. Never even had once I noticed!

I am at my wits end. Any suggestions/help are appreciated! (If it helps, I am 26/F, and I wear glasses.)

Thank you to everyone!

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Old 09-07-2012, 07:58 AM   #2
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keswick215 HB User
Re: When is a floater something to worry about?

You said you saw "flashes" - if so, you need to see an eye doctor as these flashes have to do with the retina and possible tearing which is very serious. If you just told the eye doctor about floaters and not the flashes he/she may not have looked at the retina. Good luck.

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