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dvdjunkie32
04-09-12, 01:03 PM
I discovered yesterday that those long clear stringy things that pop in my vision are actually floaters. Funny, I've always like to think that I had super vision and I was really seeing molecules or bateria in the air especially in the sunlight.

They never bothered me until yesterday. They are jumping in and out of my vision constantly. I don't know if I'm suddenly seeing a lot more of them or my brain has suddenly stopped tuning them out. Medical websites were the bearer of bad news as I found out that I'm a risk for retinal detachment for being severely nearsighted, and increase in floaters is a main sign. Retinal detachment can lead to blindness or vision loss if it not treated by surgery quickly.

The surgery recovery sounds awful. You have to hold your head in a certain position looking down, basically staying motionless for two weeks. Sounds miserable to me, but I guess you do whatever it takes to save your vision. I'm seeing an eye doc and praying my retina looks fine.

Shazam
04-09-12, 01:05 PM
My FIL's boss slipped on some ice and detached her retina. One of my client's wife also did the same. Quite harrowing.

Nick Danger
04-09-12, 01:05 PM
Everyone has some floaters. They're red blood cells in your eye.

cpgator
04-09-12, 01:20 PM
Everyone has some floaters. They're red blood cells in your eye.

Nope.

clappj
04-09-12, 01:21 PM
Weighing them down with a couple of squares of tp will usually cure most floaters.

RocShemp
04-09-12, 01:34 PM
Eye floaters? Yeah, I have a bunch. I always thought they were normal. Didn't they were precursors to retinal detatchment.

I believe the amount has steadily increased over the years (unless I simply notice them more) and am nearsighted so th OP now has me worried about my eyesight.

TomOpus
04-09-12, 01:44 PM
I've been told several times during eye examines that floaters are normal and not to worry. Keep an eye out for light flashes, though.

OldDude
04-09-12, 02:13 PM
The eye docs don't all sing off the same song sheet. Mine says some floaters are normal. a lot are indication of higher risk for retinal detachment, not a sign it has occurred. Extreme near-sightedness is also a risk factor (I can't see the big E or the eye chart, maybe the wall on a good day, without my glasses).

Severe flashes or a dark curtain over part of your field of vision are signs of detachment. I am at high risk so my doctor has discussed with me. The most important thing is to contact your doctor immediately; the faster they get to it, the better the outcome. He repeats this message every time I see him.

Eye doctors have warned me I'm at increased risk for 50 years, but no detachment yet. PS: Avoid blows to the head.

Numanoid
04-09-12, 02:57 PM
I went to the Dr. for this last year. Had a lot of floaters accompanied by infrequent light flashes, which look like little lightning bolts in your field of vision. The lightning bolts are actually bits of the back of your eye (vitreous) ripping away (which then become the floaters). My Dr. checked my retinas, which were fine, and told me not to worry about it unless I started seeing like 50 flashes a day. A few a day is apparently normal.

Navinabob
04-09-12, 03:00 PM
I had cataract surgery on both my eyes. I got tons of floaters because of it. It can be very distracting, but usually they'll settle down and get stuck outside my field of vision.

dvdjunkie32
04-09-12, 03:14 PM
The eye docs don't all sing off the same song sheet. Mine says some floaters are normal. a lot are indication of higher risk for retinal detachment, not a sign it has occurred. Extreme near-sightedness is also a risk factor (I can't see the big E or the eye chart, maybe the wall on a good day, without my glasses).

Severe flashes or a dark curtain over part of your field of vision are signs of detachment. I am at high risk so my doctor has discussed with me. The most important thing is to contact your doctor immediately; the faster they get to it, the better the outcome. He repeats this message every time I see him.

Eye doctors have warned me I'm at increased risk for 50 years, but no detachment yet. PS: Avoid blows to the head.

Yeah I kept reading that I have a 1 in 20 shot of having a detachment since I'm extremely nearsighted, but then I read another site today that said I have 5% chance. 95% odds of my retina being just fine sounds a whole lot better. :)

I mainly only see the floaters when I'm on the computer screen so hopefully that's a good sign.

Shannon Nutt
04-09-12, 03:21 PM
I've had them for years...really only notice them when looking at a white screen (like this bloody website!) or when someone like you brings them up! :)

In most cases, they're nothing to worry about...just come with age. And yes, EVERYONE has them...people who say they don't aren't noticing. The degree, of course, varies widely.

GoldenJCJ
04-09-12, 03:26 PM
<iframe width="420" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/uOcvmTLTtNE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

NORML54601
04-09-12, 03:29 PM
I have no idea what any of you are talking about. The only time I see strange lights is if I cough really, really hard.

Obi-Wan Jabroni
04-09-12, 03:35 PM
Yes, but usually a second flush takes care of them.

OldDude
04-09-12, 03:49 PM
Yeah I kept reading that I have a 1 in 20 shot of having a detachment since I'm extremely nearsighted, but then I read another site today that said I have 5% chance. 95% odds of my retina being just fine sounds a whole lot better. :)

I mainly only see the floaters when I'm on the computer screen so hopefully that's a good sign.

1 in 20 = 5%

RichC2
04-09-12, 04:07 PM
Family Guy loves bringing attention to this.

<iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/3I7_al4mrfg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

Deftones
04-09-12, 04:24 PM
i have them. they only are even noticeable when i stay focused on an object for a long period of time.

dvdjunkie32
04-09-12, 05:23 PM
1 in 20 = 5%

Yeah but 5% still sounds better. lol

If anyone is curious what floaters looks like, this is exactly how mine appear

<a href="http://s880.photobucket.com/albums/ac9/txdave36/?action=view&amp;current=Floaters.png" target="_blank"><img src="http://i880.photobucket.com/albums/ac9/txdave36/Floaters.png" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a>

Double_Oh_7
04-09-12, 05:26 PM
Eye doctors have warned me I'm at increased risk for 50 years, but no detachment yet. PS: Avoid blows to the head.

Yeah, pretty much good advice in general.

Nick Danger
04-09-12, 05:37 PM
Yeah but 5% still sounds better. lol

If anyone is curious what floaters looks like, this is exactly how mine appear

<a href="http://s46.photobucket.com/albums/f124/mretaoin/?action=view&amp;current=Floaters.png" target="_blank"><img src="http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f124/mretaoin/Floaters.png" border="0" alt="Floaters">

Your floaters have a subliminal message?

<a href="http://s46.photobucket.com/albums/f124/mretaoin/?action=view&amp;current=FloatersSubliminal.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f124/mretaoin/FloatersSubliminal.jpg" border="0" alt="Subliminal Floaters"></a>

NORML54601
04-09-12, 05:47 PM
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/5/50/ST-TNG_Realm_of_Fear.jpg/270px-ST-TNG_Realm_of_Fear.jpg

davidh777
04-09-12, 05:58 PM
I only saw this thread in the New Posts search and assumed it was about discs coming off their spindles. It wasn't till I noticed it was an Otter thread that I wondered what it was about and clicked through.

Dr Mabuse
04-09-12, 06:50 PM
Family Guy loves bringing attention to this.

<iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/3I7_al4mrfg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

:lol:

I was gonna post that.

Solid Snake
04-09-12, 07:11 PM
Reading the title I thought it was about shit floating. If that were the case. No...my shit sinks.

Eye floaters..never had them...fucking scary.

kvrdave
04-09-12, 07:11 PM
I have them. My father has them quite bad. I asked if they can just flush out the goo in his eye and replace it. Apparently that isn't something they do, or it is very dangerous.

adrenaline78
04-09-12, 07:25 PM
When I opened the thread i was half expecting a poop thread. Glad it's not. I get em.. but only once in awhile and it's never enough to be a distraction.

joe_b
04-10-12, 02:56 PM
Reading the title I thought it was about shit floating. If that were the case. No...my shit sinks.Sounds like you need more fiber in your diet.

RichC2
04-10-12, 03:29 PM
I have them. My father has them quite bad. I asked if they can just flush out the goo in his eye and replace it. Apparently that isn't something they do, or it is very dangerous.

http://www.webmd.com/eye-health/vitrectomy

LurkerDan
04-10-12, 03:57 PM
I thought this thread would be about poop.

Sweet Baby James
04-10-12, 09:48 PM
My old man had a detachment and retinal tears last month. They first inserted a gas bubble and tried to repair the tears with cryopexy. Unfortunately, his tears were severe enough to require a more invasive procedure. These are the fellas that patched him up(with some info about floaters)-


http://ctretina.com/medical_details4.htm


dvdjunkie32, you're smart to see an opthalmologist right away. Please post an update.

ernestrp
04-10-12, 10:02 PM
I thought you were talking about Depends in the toilet. Thursday, Costco coupons are good and they have Depends for 8.50 off, limit 3. I will be buying 3 cases. I buy them but I do not apply them. I wonder if people think I'am buying them for myself?

dvdjunkie32
04-10-12, 10:18 PM
My old man had a detachment and retinal tears last month. They first inserted a gas bubble and tried to repair the tears with cryopexy. Unfortunately, his tears were severe enough to require a more invasive procedure. These are the fellas that patched him up(with some info about floaters)-


http://ctretina.com/medical_details4.htm


dvdjunkie32, you're smart to see an opthalmologist right away. Please post an update.

The surgery with the gas bubble just sounds awful. You have to keep your head down in the same position, can't watch tv or lay down for 2 weeks. Good lord.

I did get to see the doctor today, and my retina looks good, no tears or holes! The doctor said the surgery for floaters is quite risky and can actually cause retinal detachment so no wonder it's not recommended.

Sweet Baby James
04-10-12, 10:24 PM
^

Good deal!:)