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Old 08-13-2018, 14:30   #1
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OMG...these are so annoying. It seems the older I get, the worse they get. There is one floater that likes to swim by in my line of vision.

So far, they are not clustered. I'm not seeing any white streaks of light either, but they are still annoying.

They seem to "disappear" at night, but are pretty bad during the day.

Anyone else battling eye floaters? Are there any remedies that don't include laser surgery?

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Wow, I share your frustration. I first noticed mine when I was 8 years old. I could actually draw what they looked like. My parents took me to a specialist and he said these (floaters are normal) nothing to worry about. My Dad had to have cataracts removed from both eyes at 27. He had to wear those 'pop bottle' lens for the rest of his life. That is whey my parents reacted as they did.

Now 60 years later I still have the floaters and they still bug me. Sometimes now I get something in both eyes that looks like I am looking through a bunch of bubbles, my eye Doctor tells me it is 'dry eye'. He tells me to use eye drops to wet the eye. This seems to help, but only for a short time.

A couple of weeks ago I went to a 50th class reunion up in the small mountain town I grew up in. The altitude is over 7,000 feet. During the drive up to the mountains, I suddenly noticed a 'black dot' flying around inside our car. I thought is was a fly that got into the car. After a while I realized it was something new floating around in my eyes. This concerned be because it was a black dot and not somewhat translucent as my other floaters are. The good news is this dot disappeared after I got down to a lower altitude. I will tell my eye doctor when I next see him.

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Had 'em for years. Yes, they're annoying! My understanding is that they increase with age, diabetic or not.

I certainly would mention them during my next eye exam or as soon as they got beyond annoying and somewhere short of dangerous. I'm not aware of all the treatment methods, though, and I'm not sure if some of them are worth the risk to me of surgery.

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I've also had them for years way before I wore glasses. I used to see them in my peripheral. Now, they are in my line of vision. My next eye appt is in Sep. I will certainly mention it to him.

Just recently, a friend of mine had to have surgery due to a retina tear. She started to see a cluster of black floaters (very different from her usual floaters). Then she said she started seeing zig zagging. All she said was to picture sperm floating around in your eye...LOL! That's about the best way she could describe them.

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I also live with "flying bugs" and "Vaseline coated" sight - just in the right eye, thankfully.

Came on several years ago - all of a sudden. First wave mostly reabsorbed, but second wave, along with one rather large dark blob, haven't left me. One of the amazing thing about the human body, and especially eyesight, if one eye is not seeing well, the brain focuses (no pun intended but works!) on the signals from the good eye. Unless I close the good eye, I'm not aware of how bad the right one is - except for that dark blob which I'm constantly mistaking for a flying bug.

I also have gotten zig-zaggy lines now and then - look sort of like a black and white pixilation vibrating. Over several minutes gets larger with a blank center and vibrating edges. Then after five minutes or so it all fades away. Opthamologist says its an optical migraine (no headache with this). The occurrence has lessened and I haven't had one in a year or more.

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I've had them since I was in my late teens and got all paranoid because I thought it was caused by my diabetes. My optholmologist told me that they are a common nuisance among many people and he also commented (at that time) because I played football and hockey - every time I was hit hard or taken in to the boards there was a chance that this could cause more. It didn't and as I'm 56 years old now and have retired from playing tackle football or hockey the floaters are not as common as they used to be.
Floaters are also more noticeable at certain light intensities so if they really bug you - I would suggest you find the light intensity where you don't notice them as much and of course get your ophthalmologist to take a look. If it's a retinopathy issue the doctor will know immediately.

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i cured my eye floaters by working in a coal mine during the day and moving into my own cave with the only light coming from my laptop. By the way has anyone seen a bat, owl or ground hog with floaters?

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i cured my eye floaters by working in a coal mine during the day and moving into my own cave with the only light coming from my laptop. By the way has anyone seen a bat, owl or ground hog with floaters?
You do have a point .

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I also have gotten zig-zaggy lines now and then - look sort of like a black and white pixilation vibrating. Over several minutes gets larger with a blank center and vibrating edges. Then after five minutes or so it all fades away. Opthamologist says its an optical migraine (no headache with this). The occurrence has lessened and I haven't had one in a year or more.
I've also experienced optical migraines before. They are really freaky. Mine didn't vibrate. It felt like I was looking through the wrong side of a pair of binoculars. Very weird sensation!

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I'm not sure if these are floaters or not, but the only thing I've noticed were some kinky hair like things moving around when I had my eyes closed and I could see bright light shining thru through my eyelids.

I have scar tissue on the retina of my right eye, presumably from being poked in the eye by one of my kids when they were little. I was on my hands and knees in front of the sofa as they came running down the hall and turned into the living room. All I remember is getting poked in the eye by a little finger and it hurt. It was discovered a few years later that I had the scar tissue. They gave me some type of chart to put on the fridge and told me to look at it every day and if I saw black spots to call them. I never saw any black dots.

Floaters in animals eyes? Haven't heard them talk about it if they do have them.

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