32 thoughts on “Floaters In Eyes Causes

  1. What causes floaters and are they dangerous?

    I’ve had floaters for a while now, but I wanted to ask if they’re dangerous or harmful in any way or are they just there to annoy you? Is there treatment present?


    • A floater is a collection of a few blood cells floating in the vitreous humor of your eye. Although blood cells are not visible to the naked eye, light coming into the eye refracts around them and the shadow of this refraction is cast upon your retina, making the visible image. It is the same as the phenomenon often seen in a pool, where some very small object on the surface of the water produces a strangely bigger and odd-shaped shadow on the bottom.
      A floater is not dangerous. In time it will disintegrate.
      If you get frequent floaters, and if you have serious diabetes, though, it is cause for concern. In advanced diabetes, it can happen that the retina is damaged and leaks a little blood, which becomes a floater; and this may be an early warning sign of retinal damage that can lead to blindness.
      Other than this, floaters are not generally considered a cause for concern.

  2. What causes these spots and floaters in my eyes?
    I have for a long time now had floaters all of a sudden now I have started to get like a streak or flash/black dots in front of my left eye. I have great eye sight and don’t suffer from any illness. I am a 60 year old male.

  3. What cause or situation makes eye floaters to become more disturbing?
    I’m diagnosed with mild mitral valve prolapse with no regurgitation EF = 70%. . Lately I’m experiencing panic attacks / anxiety attacks? Is it the cause of my eye floaters? All serious answers will highly appreciated… Tnx..

    • Floaters are caused by the gel inside your eye condensing. This is a normal process that happens as people age. They are most noticeable on bright days or when looking at a white wall or page. In most cases, floaters are benign and there is no treatment for them. Your brain is usually good at ignoring them. However, if you see a sudden increase or shower of floaters, flashing lights, or a veil/curtain over your vision, you see see your eye doctor right away. This could be a sign of a retinal tear or detachment which can cause permanent vision loss if not treated quickly.

  4. Whats causing my to see floaters on the corner of my eye?
    I was moving my desk today and my printer fell on top of the corner of my eye. The whole day i started seeing floaters, or those weird black dots in the corner of my eyes. What caused these floaters to appear? When will they go away?

    • Floaters can be a sign of retinal tearing/detachment. This is very serious as it can lead to blindness, but floaters usually are benign. But in your case you should go to the eye doctor immediately. Floaters are caused by small flecks of protein or bleeding within the eye.
      Good luck

  5. Can the light used at the eye doctor cause retinal problems?
    After going to my eye doctor so he can examen my retina on my right eye (because I had a retinal detachment) he put that bright light to check my left eye. The light really hurt and bothered my eyes. Then maybe after a few days I started noticing an increase of floaters on my left eye.

    • No. He needs the light to examine yr dilated eyes. He can make the bright white light that he shines on your left eye (in a dark room) less bright so that it will be more comfortable for your eye.

  6. I have been rubbing my eyes for months due to poorly fitted contact lenses. Could this have caused my floater?
    I have recently noticed a floater in my left eye and am worried that I may have caused this myself. Is it possible to cause floaters by rubbing your eye excessively?


    • First off you need to resolve the contact lens fit issue before you damage your cornea. Floaters are debris in the fluid of the eye, everyone has them to some extent. Highly unlikely that you caused it.

  7. How I can get rid of floaters in my eyes?
    These floaters are blood clots floating in the retina of the eye. It is like seeing clouds and spots as they move. It is very visible during day time when there is a lot of lights. Your visibility is affected because of these floaters floating around inside the retina.

    • Most spots and eye floaters are merely annoying but harmless when they temporarily enter the field of vision, and many fade over time. People sometimes are interested in surgery to remove floaters, but doctors are willing to perform such surgery only in rare instances.

      If you suddenly see new floaters, or eye floaters accompanied by flashes of light or peripheral vision loss, it could indicate serious conditions such as diabetic retinopathy; vascular abnormalities such as retinal hemorrhages or carotid artery disease, or the beginning of a retinal detachment. The retina can tear if the shrinking vitreous gel pulls away from the wall of the eye. This sometimes causes a small amount of bleeding in the eye that may appear as new floaters. You should see your eye doctor immediately

  8. How do I remove a floater from my eye?
    I have had an annoying floater in my eye for nearly five years (I am 19 years old). I was told that nothing could be done about it. After doing some research, I have found a few supposed “cures”, which involve certain natural herbs, eye exercises, and even relaxation techniques. Chinese medicine supposedly links floaters to a blocked liver. Are any of these remedies actually going to work, or am I going to have to live with it the rest of my life? Surely there has to be something that can improve it (with replacing the vitreous humor).

  9. What are the little clearish white circles I sometimes see in my eyes?
    Sometimes I see floating clear white circles in my eyes- what causes that? Do you see them too?

  10. Is there any hospitals in chennai that treats eye floaters?
    I see more bunches of eye floaters on both my eye. I causes me a mental disturbance while driving,playing etc. Is there any hospital in chennai that treats and cures eye floaters?Kindly inform me….

    • I’m sorry but I do not know where Chennai is but I must tell you that your eye problem is serious and you should see a good optometrist immediately–your symptoms are caused by the muscle in your eye that holds it developing little pin holes or splitting and getting even bigger holes– these holes can get so big that the muscle gives way and you have a detached retina which can leave to blindness………please don’t drive and get to an ER of a hospital ASAP

  11. What are some possible causes for a droopy eyelid?
    My right eyelid has recently developed a droop. I first noticed it in September 2008 and because I’ve been away at school, I haven’t be able to see a doctor yet. I also developed a floater in that eye around the same time which has not gone away yet. Any thoughts?

    • Your case is rather unusual since droopy eyelid (ptosis) is usually a congenital defect and appears early in life. It is always caused either by a defect in the levator muscle or paralysis of the 3rd nerve (Bell’s Palsy) or an interference in the sympathetic nerve system (called Horner’s syndrome).

      Don’t be panic stricken by my answer since correction of ptosis is always possible by corrective surgery. It is not painful and since it is permanent it is not likely to cause you more concern later on as other progressive problems do.

      Ptosis does increase with fatigue and it is possible that you have been able to ward off the ptosis until your studies have brought it to light.

      I don’t think the floater has any association with the ptosis. Most of us get floaters during our lifetime. They are mere shreds of tissues in the vitreous and can be easily ignored.

      You should immediately see an eye surgeon (ophthalmologist) for treatment of your ptosis.

      Much good luck

  12. Why when taking captopril should you not touch your eyes until washing hands thoroughly ?
    What is in it that affects the eyes? Can it cause floaters in the eyes?

    • As with any vasodilator, intercellular fluid accumulation is possible. It is not a very common side effect, but never the less, it is still a good idea to wash your hands before rubbing your eyes. If you don’t, you may experience ocular angioedema through prolonged exposure.

      It does not cause floaters aside from the potential that increased pressure and decreased blood flow/oxygen can result in visual disturbance.

  13. Can sinus pressure behind the eyes cause floaters?
    Recently, I’ve had real bad sinus pressure behind the eyes. There shortly after, I started developing eye floaters. Lots of them. All kinds. Specks and big ones. Clusters, raining down when I look at bright screens on a sunny day. Could my sinus pressure have caused it? Will they go away?

    • I disagree with the other person who answered. Yes, I believe any type of issue in the proximity of the eye cavities can contribute towards seeing floaters. Dry eyes, etc.

      Keep in mind that eye floaters are typically harmless, especially if you have been to an eye doctor and confirmed that you do not have a retinal tear. Most floaters are the result of bits of protein or cells that remain in the vitreous humor after birth and float around when the vitreous becomes more liquefied later in life.

      There are several things you can do to cut down drastically on the floaters, and I highly recommend visiting http://www.floatersolution.com for more information on this subject.

      Best of luck.

  14. What cause or situation makes eye floaters to become more disturbing?
    I’m diagnosed with mild mitral valve prolapse with no regurgitation EF = 70%. . Lately I’m experiencing panic attacks / anxiety attacks? Is it the cause of my eye floaters? All serious answers will highly appreciated… Tnx..

  15. How long does it take for floaters in your eye to go away?
    I have a really ANNOYING floater in my right eye. How long will it take to go away? Also, can you get floaters from wearing old contact lenses? I’ve been wearing mine for 4+ months and I’m only supposed to wear them for 1 month. Thanks!
    I actually went to the optometrist a month ago and he said everything in my eyes (optic nerve, vessels, etc) were fine.

    • Floaters are debris floating in the gel that fills your eye. They are very common and almost everyone gets them eventually. Floaters can subside in time but they can also stay there forever. You’ll be moer aware of them when it is bright outside but most of the time you’ll forget they are there. There is absolutely no way that your contact lens can cause floaters.

      Floaters are almost always nothing to worry about, unless you notice a sudden increase in there number, or if you have any new blind spots. Cover your left eye with the palm of your hand and make sure that there are no blind spots in the right eye (like a curtain or veil).

      If you haven’t been to the eye doctor recently, make an appointment just to be on the safe side.

  16. What are the treatments for floaters in the eye?
    I am almost 18 years old, and the past 3 days i have been seeing floaters in my right eye. When i am outside there are more floaters than when i am inside. It is very annoying, and i am unable to concentrate on my homework because it is so bothersome. I set up an eye appointment with my eye doctor, but i want to know what to except for the treatment they will give me. Is there any treatment for this? Will i have to wear a patch or anything like that?

    • Treatment depends on the cause. Have you any history of injury to the eye or are you a myopic ? There are medicines which after combining with the floaters make them heavier & cause their precipitation on the bottom & as a result you cannot feel them as they are no longer in the visual pathway. But first of all go to an ophthalmologist immediately.

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