Eye Floaters Treatment

I’ve designed this page for my fellow humans with eye floaters.  I’m hopeful that everyone will share their treatments and cures for eye floaters here.  Even if you don’t have a permanent cure, your story of how your floaters started and what you do to cope with them are encouraged.  Let’s help each other with some tips!

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admin July 30, 2011 at 5:08 pm

Caffeine seems to be the devil for me. The more caffiene I drink, the more floaters I see. Even when I stop with caffiene I still see floaters, however they seem to not be as much.

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Edisson mosquera. September 5, 2011 at 1:42 pm

Yes that’s true.,I have had floaters for most of my life and when I drink coffee I see more of them. I’m colombian but coffee is sucks for me.

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Bill Watkins September 5, 2011 at 10:00 pm

ok, I thought so too. I’ve noticed that if I don’t drink coffee they aren’t as bad. I know they don’t go away, but at this stage I just want some normality back in my life.

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Cade Peterson July 31, 2011 at 8:58 pm

Thanks for starting this thread. To be honest with you, these floaters are the worst thing that has ever happened to me. I do start the day with good eye drops, generally the genteal eye drops and I have noticed that they do reduce the floaters I have seen. I hope this helps some others out there with this condition!

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Billy Harolds August 1, 2011 at 6:11 pm

How do you guys cope when you are outside at like a baseball game or something where the sun is always out?

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admin August 1, 2011 at 7:35 pm

Billy, great question. Here is my tidbit of personal advice. 1- Always wear the darkest sunglasses you can find. 2- Wear some type of hat. The less amount of light you allow in from above, the less floaters you will notice. Try these two out and coping should be a bit easier.

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John Gooly August 2, 2011 at 7:51 am

I’ve heard that if you take a lot of magnesium it helps too. Have you guys tried that, I haven’t yet.

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Tim Bishop August 5, 2011 at 6:06 pm

I actually do a magesium table each day and I have noticed an improvement in my lack of floaters.

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Adam Kipler August 16, 2011 at 7:49 pm

I was curious if anyone here has ever had the surgery? I’m willing to try if there have been some success stories.

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Ricky Dunn September 20, 2011 at 8:06 am

I hate these floaters, so annoying. I just want them to go away!

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Tanya Knight September 22, 2011 at 7:22 am

I haven’t had the surgery but I REALLY want to please. Someone please post about a successful surgery!!!

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Tom Bruno September 22, 2011 at 11:06 am

I have had minor floaters all my life. They did not bother me very much. 3 years ago I had a detached retina. Since then I have a a major floater in that eye, a piece of tissue that will not dissolve. It is large and interferes with my vision when it floats in view. My retina specialist, whom I trust absolutely, says he can do a vitrectomy where the vitreous humor is removed and replaced by a solution. He is confident that it will be 100% successful however, there is a substantial recovery period of very limited movement. There are others who say they can laser the floaters but my ophthalmologist does not recommend it. He higher suggests I carefully read the disclaimers before having anyone laser a floater. I would love to hear from anyone who has had any procedure to remove floaters.

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Dennis Burke October 8, 2011 at 7:19 am

I had the laser treatments done in Fla. by a Dr Geller who was supposed to be the best.
I had to pay up front and there was a chance that it wouldn’t work. I had to sign a form for that. Well I will tell you that It costs a lot and I think the guy is a quack. If it did anything it made my floaters worse. I would not recommend have laser done for floaters.

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robert October 19, 2011 at 2:55 pm

I would like to hear more about your experience. It seems like the laser surgery is the only viable alternative out there for floaters. There are a few physicians in the US that do the surgery that I have been able to ascertain, including California + another fellow in the Northeast. Also another physician in the UK. There are some videos on Youtube about the process. What made your result worse? Can it be remedied? What was your experience?
Thanks,-Robert

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Michael April 7, 2012 at 3:03 pm

Yes, the laser is a joke and not worth wasting your money or time.

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Jennifer September 25, 2011 at 10:53 pm

I have just been diagnosed today with floaters in my right eye. These are very very annoying indeed. Feels like a bit of cotton wool, or cats hair in my eye and I cant get it out. GRRRRR. Eye specialists said that in around 5 years time I could have laser eye surgery to remove cataract. GRRRRRR again.

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Paul September 26, 2011 at 8:19 pm

Ive had eye floaters for 6 months since I had LASIK surgery last December. They are in my left eye only and are driving me insane. I notice them all day every day. The first few months were hell but I am dealing with them a lot better now. I have done a lot of research and found out that laser surgery for floaters only really works if they are very big; vitrectomy (removal of fluid in the eye) works very well in removing floaters but has its risks; the main one being cataract formation later in life and bigger risks such as retinal detachment. I also suffer from glare; halo’s and starbursts since my lasik which are a presistent problem at night. I’ve decided to give it another 6-12 months to decide whether or not I can adapt to this new vision…!

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Angela September 27, 2011 at 5:06 pm

What kind of eyedrops recommended? Would Transitions™ lenses help? Being as I already HAVE glasses, sunglasses are not really an option, even the best clip-on’s get fog in between the two lenses when worn long enough, and that’s even worse than the floaters!!

Also, magnesium helps? also have heard red wine can help. I dunno, I am going insane, and am willing to try ANYTHING short of surgery to make it GO AWAY. I got this LARGE floater on Sunday after church, and here it is Tuesday and I still have it, it doesn’t go away, and ignoring it is impossible!

I get afraid since this floater clouds my vision sometimes (it is large enough to) and I fear it may cause me a motor vehicle accident or something. Last few days, when possible, like when reading, I have been keeping my right eye closed…and it is wonderful to have NO FLOATER…even if I only have one eye open. But you can’t DRIVE that way, because it alters your field of perception.

I can READ one-eyed, but I am looking for solutions…especially help for driving, because I don’t want to have a crash.

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Dr. Jack October 27, 2011 at 9:41 pm

Treat yourself to a very dark pair of of sunglasses for driving. Buy prescription sunglasses of you wear glasses. Transitions will not work in your car because the the wind shield is coated with an anti UV shield..consequently, though you will not suffer glare, the reduction in light into the eye will not be achieved to reduce the floater aspect.

I recommend a moderately grey coating on your lenses for inside use or a light grey sunglass. This will also reduce the floater aspect.

Finally, practice relaxation techniques and have a regular exercise routine. Exercise is good for circulation and blood oxydation. Also, sessions with a certified hypnotherapist can be very effective in reducing awareness and annoyance associated with floaters.

If the floater(s) do not drop to the bottom of the eye when the eye is looking straight ahead, but rather well suspended in the visual field and are constantly in the visual axis, YAG laser therapy may do the trick. It is very effective with well suspended floaters and much less so with ill-suspended floaters which have high motility.

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Ellen October 2, 2011 at 5:09 am

Does anybody knows if restasis eye drops helps to minimize eye floater?

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Brendan October 2, 2011 at 7:32 pm

Yes, eye drops are crucial to making site better!

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Angela October 3, 2011 at 7:52 am

Would any over-the-counter eye drops help? What about Transitions™ lenses?
I already HAVE glasses, so sunglasses are not an option, and even the best clip-ons get fog in between the lenses after they are worn for a while…although the clip-ons DO help…until the fog starts!
Also, any other vitamins, any thing like that…natural home remedies…that might help.
The floater I got over a week ago is still there and is not going away. It does not bug me quite as much as it did, maybe I am getting a little used to it…but I don’t WANT to get used to it, I want it to GO AWAY.

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kings October 19, 2011 at 3:18 am

ALL OF U GUYS 4GOT A NAME THAT WILL CURE U,THAT NAME IS ABOVE MY LITTLE
FLOATER.I HAVE IT JUST 3WKS AGO,BUT I KNOW THE GREAT PHYSICIAN TIME HAS COME,SINCE THERE IS NO CURE JUST ASK JESUS FOR HEALING AND BELIEVE.IT TAKES NOTING TO BELIEVE ONLY FAITH IN HIS WORD “BY HIS STRIPES WE WERE HEALED”

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bob April 2, 2012 at 1:03 pm

You get what you pay for.

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Bill October 19, 2011 at 2:44 pm

I have floaters – bad- and the annoyance factor is non existent for me, but they do interfere with my vision to the extent that reading is difficult on a bad day. I had the laser treatment, which for me was a total waste of time and $$ (1000 bucks up front, several years ago, plus a 2-day trip to northern VA). I would have the vitrectomy if not for the fact that I have only one good eye- I’m afraid to take the chance. If you have one large central floater the laser tx may be beneficial. Otherwise save your $.

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Janessa October 20, 2011 at 2:27 pm

Bill. Was it Dr. Karickhoff in VA that did your treatment? You say it didn’t help? Could you describe your experience for us? Thanks.

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Avinash Mishra October 29, 2011 at 9:17 am

Hello,Friends i have being detected with Floater in my Right eye and its very Annoying.
I wanted to know if there is any cure for it or i have to b with it for Entire life??????

Pls Help me out.

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john November 3, 2011 at 8:50 pm

try the blublocker orange tint sunglasses,so far they work best to help ignore floaters

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Marija November 4, 2011 at 5:55 am

Hi everyone,
I could never imagine there were such problems with eyes. And now here I am, having an eye floater in my right eye. Very disturbing! 3.rd day today since I got it. I dont’ have any advice for you or myself yet, only notice that I’m one of those people not taking too much care of their eyes. I’m shortsighted since high school, but I didn’t wear my glasses much, even if spending much time by computer (at the office as well as at home). I believe this wouldn’t happen to me If I took rest from computer more often. Stress could also be a factor.

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Jamie November 9, 2011 at 7:03 am

Yes, I have had floaters for years. Haven’t had much luck with anything consistently. I also have a torn cornea that doesn’t heal, so each morning, I wake to having to open my eyelid which has been adhered to my eyeball overnight as the cornea has tried to heal. Very painful! Any and all suggestions welcome!
I already follow a very restricted diet (see my website for the Superfoods and allergen/intolerance free foods that I use and offer), so I have already pursued that avenue.

Thanks for the site.

Jamie

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Jan April 4, 2012 at 1:28 pm

I too have a torn cornea, along with floaters in both eyes. My eye doctor said a corn cornea will never “heal” because there would be scar tissue then on the cornea which would always be even more painful and annoying than the situation as it presently is. She prescribed an ointment to put in my eye before going to bed. It helps greatly, but occasionally that is still not enough. Being mindful to not quickly open your eyes first thing is still the best way to go and keeping eye drops on the night stand. She said there are some doctors who can perform a type of laser surgery to fix the tear that heals but does not create a scar in the process. Extremely risky, as are most things dealing with the eyes. I have to look at my torn cornea and floaters, as better than no sight at all.

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Ada November 22, 2011 at 7:17 am

I have them, too. I’ve always had them and they are especially annoying in the car. Last year, I got a really big and dark floater and its my nightmare since then. It is always there and since it is dark, I can always see it. It really annoys me. I can see it even when my eyes are closed. I got it checked but the doctor said it is OK however, it really is annoying. I would love to find a cure.

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Doc Mapes December 9, 2011 at 1:52 pm

I have them most often when I am tired. Caffeine does not seem to affect them as much as a lack of sleep.

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marg ellsworth December 10, 2011 at 10:40 am

i have floaters for yrs. however the last year they seem to be getting worse especially the one that looks like jell and sometime it blurrs my vision until i close my eye lids and work my eyes back and forth that will clear them for a few seconds and their back again..i am involved in sports and i drive a car so needless to say it is very annoying and i am nervous especially when driving..i had laser treatment and the doctor said nothing can be done for the floaters that i have(the jell type floaters)..i know i am blessed to have my sight however if there is anyone with some suggestions sure would be appreciated as i am a senior and life has enough curves thrown at us let alone to see ( with floaters) the golden years turning into silver..love your page and wishing all the best to all who suffer from this affliction..hope a cure comes real soon..

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Jim December 13, 2011 at 9:21 pm

I have had floaters my whole life and they seem to get worse as I get older. Hundreds of them pass by my line of sight when I move my head. This is driving me crazy. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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Richard Kennedy December 25, 2011 at 11:54 am

I have massive floaters in both eyes and the one in my left eye has progressively gotten worse just in the past year. No retinal detachment, no other precipitating event…just a more pronounced floater-field. You might say it was a Christmas present, as it got worse exactly one year ago today. Sort of a cosmic practical joke.

It’s sort of like looking through a piece of glass you’ve blown your nose onto. Then just for giggles, someone starts moving the glass!

As you can see I deal with things with a huge helping of humor and/or irony. Seems to help.

No one seems to offer a cure or even a glimmer of hope. They say “Learn to live with them and get on with your life!”

For me, supplements or eye drops seem to have little, if any effect. Caffeine or no caffeine, plenty of sleep or little sleep…doesn’t seem to make any difference.

I fantasize about having my floaters, or the entire vitreous humor from both eyes removed…and burning the entire mass with a white-hot poker. Those are good days.

My fantasies have even extended to shoving the poker into my eyes. Those are the bad days.

Cheers, folks…we’re still above ground!

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Cathy January 10, 2012 at 9:32 am

I, too, received a floater for Christmas. I remember hearing my husband’s optometrist state that the last thing anyone should do is have lasik surgery, that it would cause all kinds of problems due to unnatural formations in the eye. I quietly scoffed, since I’d had it (going on 14 years now) and was seeing perfectly for the first time ever. I used to have night blindness, halos, astigmatism, dry eyes and pop-bottle thick glasses. I tried gas permeable, hard and soft contact lenses. The lasik cured it! Until this year. I am becoming more and more near-sighted, my night blindness has returned, I see halos around all lights. I now wear glare-resistant glasses while driving at night and whenever I need to see far distances. In the last couple weeks have seen my first floater. Now, here’s the interesting thing I’ve found from reading all the foregoing comments: When I first had my lasik surgery, it was on both eyes, and one eye was made to see farther while the other was made to see nearer. I was told to RELAX, give it time so my eyes would eventually work together to give me perfectly balanced vision. I did, and it worked. Reading the above messages, then typing this note on a white screen, with sunlight streaming through my window, I initially saw the floater constantly. Then I got into actually paying attention to the messages’ contents and my own message, and the floater just got ignored, or disappeared. I know it’s still there, all I have to do is get irritated at it and shift my vision to see it again. Then I go back to typing, relax and concentrate on thinking and doing instead of dwelling on the floater — it then disappears. I think hypnosis might work for those who can’t redirect their concerns or can’t relax about it. Myself, I think all the above comments have helped tremendously as now I can just every so often look at it the same way I do the shadows of my eyelashes – there, but nothing to be concerned about. Thank you!

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Stephanie February 2, 2012 at 3:31 am

I too got floaters after having laser eye surgery (can’t remember if it was Lasik or Lasek), the same as Cathy above, with one eye to see farther and the other to see nearer. My vision isn’t perfect but pretty good, still a bit myopic in my right eye but I’ll have it done again to get 20:20 soon.

I woke up to floaters in my right one eye about a year later. Absolutely terrified I was going blind. Optician assured me it was only floaters and they will improve in time. I see them less now in the right eye, but have new ones in my left right eye – worse than the right one. They are irritating, but I’ve learned to ignore them and my brain is starting to block them out.

Sunglasses help a lot. Living in the Middle East when the sun shines bright every day doesn’t!!

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jim January 21, 2012 at 10:09 pm

I have developed floaters in the last couple of weeks in my right eye. If I close my eye, they disappear but as soon as I reopen it, the floaters are back. Right now it seems as if most of them have joined together to make a straight line down the left side of the right eye. This line stays with me, no matter which way I turn my head. It is driving me crazy and I don’t know what to do about it. I have a bad heart, only works at 20% and have a defib/pacemaker in my chest but I don’t know if this affects anything with my eyes. I guess I will schedule an appointment with an apthomologist, but I am scared. I am a 65 year old male and don’t want to do anything that will harm me. I have been married for almost 43 years and haven’t told my wife about it cause I don’t want her to worry anymore than she already does.

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Candy March 2, 2012 at 3:13 am

Jim, I am 67 years old & no one ever told me about these floaters..but last week I was just in my kitchen & all of a sudden thought I had some fuzz hangin from my hair..it kept movin back & forth like the wind was blowin it…so finally took my glasses off to get it outta my eye…well, its still there..But I headed to my Dr. the next day….he told me about the floaters..said theres nothin that can be done about it other than get used to um cause they will get better in time…but its only one that I see…he said its still attached by just a small portion of it to the retina….should go ahead & detach in time & then I won’t notice it as bad…but my advice to you is see your Dr. & get it looked at…ok? Cause they can be serious sometimes if they are in a certain place…have your eyes checked…Dr. told me to come back in a month & let him check it again….he said they are common in people after ya get to the age of 50…sure thought floaters was something I used in my swimming pool & not in my eyes..hope this helps..go see your Dr..ok?

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Gayle April 23, 2012 at 8:58 pm

I’m 60 and saw cobwebs in front of my face and I tried to brush it away. It kept coming back. I kept swiping at it. Figured I’d better stop or the clients I was working with would think I’d developed a mental health issue. I even considered I might have Schizophrenia but I wasn’t hearing voices nor did I have paranoia. Then 2 days later it appeared a dog skittered past my right side several times. I called a medical friend and she indicated I needed to go to acute clinic right away. Another medical minded friend said go directly to ER and they’d drive me. I spent 3 hours in ER. They thought I as showing first signs of retinal detachment and sent me to an optomologist. They said go immediately the next day. I did and the optomologist told me it was caused by another birthday. This is my second day since this all started. My right eye feels strained and I’ve had a mild strain headache all day. It’s wearing me out. I’ve just started my research and I appreciate everything everyone says on here. What’s the reason no one tells us about this or did we just ignore the comments of our grandparents and parents because “if it doesn’t apply let it fly” Now it applies. Good to see I’m not alone but also frustrating to know that it appears there are few solutions.

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mira January 23, 2012 at 11:42 pm

i have had floaters since i was 18. i went to see the eye specialist but as usual the reply will be the same which is to ignore them. now im 20. and the floaters are actually more. i wonder why there is no cure for eye floaters since many people are already suffering from it. i am still studying and i need to read a lot. sometimes, i lose my focus and i find it hard to concentrate because of these floaters. i have floaters in both eyes. i always imagine that when i reach 40, i will be partially blind. im so scared of this..why is there no cure?

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Ever February 8, 2012 at 6:48 am

Mira,
I know what you mean. I developled Floaters last year at 30 years old and it seem to have gotten worse. I try to ignore them but when I’m in a bright room them come back. My doctor told me that I had not dettachement and it was normal but not when you see more. It is scary.

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Peggy February 6, 2012 at 6:46 am

From reading all of the above comments it is clear (unlike our vision!) that there are as many different kinds, sizes and configuration of floaters as there are people who suffer from them. The folks who are lucky enough to have ones that seem to disappear when they are not paying attention to them might assume that everyone else has the same kind of floater. Unfortunately, there are those of us whose floaters are so dense and large that with the unaffected eye closed, we can’t even see through the affected eye. I have had both kinds of floaters.
Last summer I had a posterior vitriol detachment – that normal phenomenon with aging- and had a burst of floaters including a large squiggly ring that hung around in my left eye in the top of my vision. I was freaked out like everyone is when it first happens. I did all of the reading, found that it was “untreatable”, gradually learned to accept it and began to ignore it. Successfully. It faded with time. I didn’t even notice it much of the time by 6 mos later. Now, last week I had the same phenomenon in my right eye, except that the retina tore when the vitreous detached and I needed laser surgery to seal it up. The ophthalmologist said that I had bleeding into the vitreous. What I have now resembles a Dementor (Harry Potter reference) in a snowstorm in my right eye. This LARGE, swirling, black mass is directly in my line of vision. I can’t see through it. It is at this point impossible for me to ignore. It is like having a sign in front of your face moving around constantly which says “Ignore This”- I just can’t so far.
I am an RN and have to return to work tomorrow. I am really concerned about my vision- I have to be at 100% at work to be safe, not make errors, SEE WHAT I’M DOING! etc. I do hope that with time I will adapt to this too. But I am definitely going to pursue the surgical laser or vitrectomy if it is unchanged after 6 mo. Any other experiences with the either surgery out there?
Thanks for listening to me, and good luck everyone!
Peggy

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Richard Kennedy February 7, 2012 at 2:46 pm

I’ve been told vitrectomies are far too risky and no doctor worth his credibility wants to risk a patient losing sight completely simply to remove floaters.

Can anyone share more hopeful experiences pertaining to vitrectomies?

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Rob February 10, 2012 at 7:21 pm

If you are over 50 and have a floater which is large and is always in the visual field, YAG laser surgery will either obliterate it or thin it out to the point where you will stop being conscious of it. It does work. It depends on the kind of floaters. If you are under 50, it is still possible for YAG to thin them out. The only way to know is to visit Dr. Johnson or Dr. Geller or Dr. Karichnikoff and have them perform an evaluation-cost is around $250.00. All 3 are highly qualified. Good luck. Treatment is out patient and quick..If they can do it, they will..Total cost for one eye will be around $2,000 to $3,000 bucks.

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Wolf Sullivan February 19, 2012 at 8:48 am

I developed a small floater in my left eye last week. The next day there were more, but peripheral, not very noticeable. I read all about floaters and saw an eye specialist the same morning the first floater appeared. She examined my eyes and said there was no retinal injury. I asked questions and learned they very possibly will disappear in 2 to 6 months, and they may drop out of sight after 2 weeks. Regarding the cause, she said it was probably from becoming very angry and upset just before it happened. I’m a writer, and some of work gets ripped off on the internet. I noticed one of my writings was ripped off by half a dozen thieves! And my own entry did not exist on Google! The doctor advised to avoid more floaters by not shaking my head violently, not to suddenly lift something heavy, and be more relaxed. She also told me that reading a lot, or similar types of eye strain do NOT cause floaters or make existing floaters worse.

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Celeste February 28, 2012 at 11:15 am

I am in my late 50s and just developed eye floaters in my left eye about 2 weeks ago. So in many ways, I guess I’m blessed to have not had any until now. On the other hand, they really are bothersome to the extreme that I don’t want to leave the house. I wore dark sunglasses, but that just seemed to make it harder to see. My eyes aren’t in the best shape to begin with. I have night blindness. Now I feel like I have day blindness, mine are not small they really obstruct my sight.

You would think with modern medicine, that there was something that could be done.

Having laser surgery is not something that I am willing to do. I guess I am to afraid something else may go terribly wrong.
You would think that there is a way to just wash them out. Are they trapped between two layers of your eye (cornia and ?)

Please keep posting if any one has had success getting rid of them.

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Tony Lavalle March 1, 2012 at 12:40 pm

Hello Everyone,

I really hate my ‘eye floaters’! They are incredibly bothersome, loathsome, irritating, annoying, and are driving me insane! I have had two quite recent appointments to see the Ophalmologist Consultants at my local Bristol Eye Hospital (UK), but to be honest it was a waste of time me going there as they didn’t give me any information, advice, help, nor treatment at all in getting rid of them, just indifference, disinterest?! Although they did say that I have a ‘bit’ of a retinal detachment (Or technically a Posterior Vitreous Detachment) in the right eye, and a ‘bit’ of a cataract in the left eye! I think there is an operation that you can have that is called a ‘Vitrectomy’ to get rid of eye floaters, although this is considered a bit risky, and also laser treatment to zap them etc., but this can also be a bit risky, perhaps increase them etc., although I have heard that some people using one or the other treatment have worked and seem to be quite happy with the results. I do have quite problematic eyes though, I had a corneal graft transplant in my left eye only, for the condition known as Keratoconus some years ago now at the hospital, and my prescription is getting stronger every year so much so that I did consider having INTACS, ICL (Contact lens insertions etc.), maybe laser, and tried contacting a couple of surgeries in London, the Harley Street area, but they are very expensive for me anyway (They wanted thousands of pounds, I am ‘financially challenged!’) so that avenue was not a choice for me, unless I win the national lottery?! I have been trying a few things over the past few weeks that I hope may be of interest and help to you guys, namely I have been taking ‘Syno-Vital Hyaluronan’ liquid food supplement, and the usual and classic vitamin A and C tablets, and before that I was taking I Caps (Lutein and Zeaxanthin) tablets, and Silicon Dioxide tablets (Biochemic tissue salts). Maybe it’s still a bit too early to tell whether or not any of these help to get rid of my eye floaters, but I will let you know in due course ‘IF’ they do. But at present they are still there, almost all of the time, NOW whilst I am typing this in front of my computer, sometimes when I am driving etc., especially annoying are the ones in both eyes in the centre of my vision, and seem to be increasing in size, and joining up, and I am battling the best I can to not see them! I hope the tabs/supplements I have described above helps someone out there, and all the very best to you all in getting rid of your eye floaters.

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kellie lux March 7, 2012 at 1:31 pm

man i just got eye floaters a month ago im wondering and hoping they dont get worse. it sucks.

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Owen March 7, 2012 at 5:30 pm

If you get eye floaters here is a cure for you. Put your hands over your eyes, open your eyes wide and blink. Continually blink for awhile and they will go away. Do not think about the floaters during this either obviously. Then stay in the dark. Tell me if this works. Works for many of my friends and family who get floaters.

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Chris March 13, 2012 at 11:38 am

At 44, I have had these for about 20 years, and they can get worse with time. Those of you saying you just got them, pray they don’t get worse. It is now severely affecting my driving, let alone reading, etc. I’m interested in hearing more success or failure laser stories? I have at least a hundred of these in each eye.

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marie March 21, 2012 at 3:16 pm

i have been suffering from floaters and light sensitivity for a few weeks, i have felt as if i am going crazy. as a nurse, i have been researching this problem, in every way i know possible. i have yesterday started on a over the counter eye drop, viscotears liquid gel, which have been recommended to me, by many different people, i believe it takes about a month of using this product before one would see a difference. this sounds silly but i do find the less i think about the problem, the less i see the little devils, i of course understand that this doesnt apply to everyone and we all have different stories to tell. i feel grateful to have found this site and sincerely wish everyone all the best in dealing with their eye problems and reducing the most difficult symptoms.

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Tony April 5, 2012 at 4:14 pm

Two days after I turned 60 years old last month I returned from my daily brisk walk and noticed a little black dot and small circle floating in my right eye sight. At first I did not think much about it and thought it could also be that I was exhausted from spending a couple late nights at the casino. However it been over a week and I am still noticing that the floater is constantly present. It has not affected sight in my right eye too much but I am very concerned that something could be wrong. I am trying to ignore it but I find that difficult to do at the present time. Reading the above experiences have provided some useful information on the subject. I am so happy I found this website and was better able to figure what is going on. I only wear eye glasses driving at night. I was thinking of purchasing some over the counter medications. However I don’t want to create more problem by spraying medications in my eye.
I am hoping it will eventually go away with plenty rest now that I am retired. It is hard to turn 60 and have this happen right after my birthday. I am past due for an eye examination and I will do so soon. Thanks to all for sharing their floater experience.

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Dianne April 10, 2012 at 7:15 pm

Thanks to all who have shared the above stories. I have had floaters all my life — since about the age of 9 or 10, I guess. I have just learned to cope with hem, and hey have never really posed a problem until recently. Last year, I had cataract surgery on both yes. To my amazement, I saw NO floaters at all for awhile! I thought thy had disappeared. However, a few months ago, I noticed new floaters in my right eye — and more floaters than in he past. I was checked out by my ophthalmologist, who said my eyes were healthy with no sign of retinal problems. In a few weeks, I saw new floaters in my other eye. Again, I checked out okay. Recently, I have experienced flashes of light in my left eye ( in addition to the floaters, of course). An exam found no retinal problems. My doctor (whom I have seen three times in the last several weeks) says not to sit and worry, just to be aware of and report any new floaters and flashes, and to come back in June for my annual exam. It is hard not to worry because I know that the symptoms I have can be precursors to retinal detachment. Anyone else having flashes with floaters or a similar experience?

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Dianne April 10, 2012 at 7:17 pm

Boy, I must learn to proof when I am having so many floaters. Sorry, guys, for all the errors — but I hope you can empathize!

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Robert Sloan April 14, 2012 at 8:46 pm

I recently experienced this problem myself, at age 54, for the first time. It wasn’t a real bad problem, since it was just a very faint floater, that I barely noticed. But, since I drive a truck for a living, I was a little concerned, and it became a little annoying. Being a person who strongly believes in natural herbal supplements and nutition for everything, I felt the best approach to tackle this problem, was through research into herbal supplements relating to eye health. It didn’t take long to notice an improvement, once I started taking certain herbal supplements. Since I was an avid Milk Thistle user already, I felt I had a jump on the problem already. All I had to do, was add a few more items, such as Eyebright and Bilberry, to see a major improvement. There are other supplements I intend to add to my regimine as well. They are, Dandelion Root, Ginko Biloba, Gardenia, Chrysanthemum Flowers, and Celosia Seed. If you do the research on these, you will find, as I did, how important they are to improving eye health. Also, I would highly suggest, that if you smoke cigarettes or use any kind of tobacco products,……QUIT!!! Eye problems are directly related to poor blood circulation to the eye and deteriation of the liver. Tobacco use is a real detriment in both these areas. Giving up tobacco can give you a real edge, right away! Well, hope this helps someone, somehow. Good Luck!

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Brian April 16, 2012 at 1:11 pm

Many floaters after cataract surgery in my left eye. seems like they are getting worse and I notice them more. Went to a retinal specialists and said no tear in retina. Boy, what a nuisance! Having a hard time trying to ignore them. Many little dots that look like blood specs and a few bigger ones that look like comets. Any thoughts on how long they will last? Did anyone else have them after cataract surgery (actually two lense replacements back to back within 3 weeks on the left eye, because the first lense was a multi focal that did not work well for me). any advice is welcome.

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Ken April 19, 2012 at 6:27 am

I had cataract surgery 2 weeks ago in my left eye and now can see a spider web floater in that eye. It may have been there before the surgery but I just didn’t notice it due to the cataract. The floater greatly reduces the benefit from cataract surgery. Everything is brighter and sharper in that eye but the floater blurrs the subject I am trying to see. My doctor gave me the typical “it may go away in time” and “your brain will learn to ignore it” but I doubt there is much truth to that. I am prepared to just live with it.

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Fiona April 17, 2012 at 11:24 am

Two days ago, on Sunday, all of a sudden, I experienced loss of vision in my right eye – I thought I was having a migraine or a stroke! Went to straight to the GP on Monday, who has referred me to an eye clinic and I have to wait til Friday to go! I am left with something like an ink spot with legs all over the place and lines everywhere. I am going crazy with this but it sounds like it might be floaters from reading all this. I have never had them before, maybe the odd one that disappears after a few seconds. Panicking now. :(

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Mark April 19, 2012 at 9:59 am

Hello all. Very sorry to read what my fellow sufferers have to say.
From the age of 23 I’ve endured the torment of these things for 12 years. My left eye always had the worst amount of noticeable floaters in it; but these last 2 years has seen my right one begin to catch up to it.
For me at least, to some degree I have got used to them. Though they can still really get me down at times. I dearly wish there was some kind of “cure”.

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Steve Case April 19, 2012 at 6:57 pm

Yesterday around noon or so I was in my basement workshop when I noticed what I now know as a floater. I was in the doctor’s office by 1:45. On the way home from his office it got noticeably bigger.

I really didn’t understand that they are permanent until my daughter, a Physicians Assistant, told me so today. And now I’ve read all your comments.

It’s in the left eye and looks like jellyfish with lots of tiny bubbles and fills the entire screen as I type.

So I get to live with it now, I’m 67 by the way.

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Carla April 24, 2012 at 5:25 am

Hi,
On 2nd of April 2012 I woke up with about 10 or more floaters in my both eyes,this is my biggest nightmare ,I have two children to raise.I`m going mad.Does anyone knows something that can help with this floaters?Something that worked for you? I`m only 37 years.Thanks

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Richard Kennedy April 24, 2012 at 10:10 pm

Update:

I had a conversation with my eye doctor just a week ago and the topic ‘floated’ around to floaters. He’s a very conservative doctor, mind you, and I didn’t expect him to tell me what he did.

He said if…IF your floaters were bad enough that they were disrupting your daily life and diminishing your quality of life…the options are a YAG laser treatment or a vitrectomy. He said some insurance policies will cover the expense depending on individual severity.

Now the bad news…he said due to the extremely high risk of retinal detachment he would not even entertain the idea of a vitrectomy unless your floaters were truly severe…to the point of interfering with your vision and say, driving…or if your career involved lots of reading.

He also commented that as we age we develop floaters. Another reason to look forward to those “Golden Years.”

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Kurt April 25, 2012 at 11:08 pm

I’ve been taking what my last eye doctor said 5 years ago, and just ignoring them. It seems the last month or so, they’ve gotten way more noticeable. I don’t know if it is my imagination or what. My question for all in the forum is this: once you have floaters, do they get worse over time? Or, do they get more noticeable over time? I’m getting really worried about this to the point that I don’t even want to go outside and enjoy the blue sky! I really hate this shit. Please…advice.

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Richard Kennedy April 30, 2012 at 8:08 pm

To Kurt:

Kurt, it seems like I have periods where I “obsess” over my floaters more than others. In times like that I will notice them more and every eye movement makes me hate them even worse. Trying to read a white computer screen can be truly agonizing.

And yes, mine have gotten worse over the past, say, two to three years.

It’s not what you wanted to hear, I’m sure…

Try your best to make peace with the little buggers. The more you notice them the crazier they’ll make you. Just now, looking at my floaters against the stark whiteness of the computer screen is giving me a headache.

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norb May 17, 2012 at 4:50 pm

I have also noticed my eye floaters for over 35 years and like others I have searched for a way to stop them with no luck but started taking a supplement I discovered in relation to my discovery that I have a Genetic Disease known as Gluten Sensitivity. I found a person in one of the blogs that in addition to total elimination of all Gluten and grains that I take some supplements such as B-12 sublingual for the vitamin deficiencies that occur with this disease. One supplement suggested that I had never heard of before was “Serrapeptase”. This is an enzyme that dissolves dead tissue, stops inflammation, unblocks arteries, dissolves blood clots, reduces pain, etc. We started taking Serrapeptase by using “Doctor’s Best” that we ordered for the cheapest price on Amazon. It only took a few days before we both noticed less aches and pains and more energy to work our garden. Upon reading as many informational links as possible to assure ourselves that Serrapeptase is safe with no negative side effects and something I could recommend to relatives, I read where many folks found relief from eye floaters too. While the “eye floaters” issue was not known to us when we started this supplement and not one of the reasons for taking it daily I did walk outside this afternoon and look up to the blue sky and notice that nearly all of my usual eye floaters are now gone and hard to notice the few that are still there. Thought some here would find and appreciate a supplement that will clear this problem and also help with very important issues that can also be eliminated after a few years of use. Serrapeptase is used by Doctors and patients in Japan and Germany to clear arteries and prevent heart and stroke issues and tests show that it takes about 18 months to totally clear blockages. Hope this helps you folks that need relief from eye floaters.

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