- Floaters! ~ Any Opticians on here?
I also have a number of irritating floaters that won’t go away. They shift out of sight at times but do come back too. Not really an issue unless one decides to go right in the middle of my vision so reading is hard but that’s rare.
Also had extended talks with two doctors and two opticians. All concluded there’s a procedure that can be done (needle into eye, suck out floater) but it generally creates more floaters and is reserved for ones that “stick” right in your way so you can’t cope. i.e. there’s nothing you can do.Posted 7 years agokaren805Member
I’ve suffered with floaters since I started wearing glasses some 15 years ago, very annoying, but you do get used to them.
I’ve been to see two specialists at the Bristol eye hospital, both told me there are no problems with my eyes and I just have to live them them.
Mine seems to get worse when I change my pescription, luckly it’s not too much of an issue for me as I need specs for an astigmatism, rather than short/long sightednes, so they don’t need changing so often.Posted 7 years agoTheBrickMember
I have a strong astigmatism, my optician told me to tell him if I experience sudden increase in floaters, especially if they occurred after sudden eye movements. He said that this can be a sign of retina detachment starting to occur. This was not a general cause but but something he told me I am prone to because of the stuff to do with my eyes.Posted 7 years agosamuriMember
Yeah, loads here too. Shortsightedness/astigamitism. Opticians visits, nothing wrong with my eyes, nothing can be done about it blah, blah.
Chap here at work had them so bad he did go for the surgery. They sucked out all his eye fluid, replaced it. he had to lie on his stomach for a few weeks.
Seemed fine then he suddenly got more issues, has had to get it done again.
There’s a chap in the states who claims he can laser the things. So far the general body reckons he’s talking crap but I guess that method will gather pace. The issue is that your eyes will carry on producing the protein strings and if they can’t get out the drain hole they’ll carry on floating aboutPosted 7 years agoslowoldgitMember
Me too: I’ve had floaters long time. I was checked over by a hospital eye doc after reporting flashes in the corner of my eye. They are noticeable after dark, if I move my head quickly. My optician referred me on for this can be a precurser for detached retina. It needs needs attention if other things happen. Probably it’s worth getting briefed.
Some Lymies would associate floaters with LD, IIRR.Posted 7 years agoStonerMember
Stoner Jr when he was one yr old showed signs of cloudy eye.
My laymans interpretation of the Sciency Bit is that the drain holes can get occluded in the eye ball meaning your eye juice cant get out. If it cant get out the proper way then the pressure builds up in the eye (causes pain and eventually damage to the optic nerve) and the cloudiness is the effect of eye juice being forced out of the front of the eye ball instead. The cornea, being a kind of lattice that doesnt take kindly to having juice pushed through it reflects and refracts light creating the cloudiness.
To fix it Jr went under two different procedures one on each eye, a goneotomy and a gonectomy (sp?) I think. Basically, Doctor Steady Hands jabs a needle in the eye ball and scores a new drain hole. Some topical anti inflamatory to stop it healing up, and bosh, juice flows out and pressure drops. So far, so good for Jr – pressure down from a nasty 25ish to a much better 12-16ish I think and has been steady for 4 years.Posted 7 years agotrustySubscriber
The drain holes are called the trabecular meshwork and work pretty much as Stoner describes. If they block it can cause high pressure (IOP) with similar results to glaucoma.Posted 7 years ago
the op to remove the fluid and floaters is called a vitrectomy, and is generally not nice. The two are connected as IIRC floaters can block the meshwork.coffeekingMember
My GP informed me that the juice in your eyes isn’t really juice, it’s more of a matrix material filled with fluid. The floaters are bits of matrix that have broken free and got in the way but don’t move much because they’re trapped in the matrix material despite the general fluid flow through the eye. And hence if they needle it out they tend to damage more of the matrix.Posted 7 years agojkomoMember
Floaters are just organic material floating about in the eye juice.Posted 7 years ago
A big sudden increase combined with flashes- go to optician. May be a vitreous detachment (not serious), but will get a fairly quick referral to eye hospital. If you get these symptoms with a ‘curtain’ coming down over part of vision is serious. Phone your local eye hospital emergency line, get straight down there. It could be retinal detachment. More common in the very short sighted.
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