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Created On 2/16/05 4:30 AM by estherrv


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estherrv
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2/16/05 4:30 AM
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Hello! I am 48 yrs. of age and suddenly this week at work I got a "floater" in the eye that bothered me tremendously. I had laser treatment the following day for a tear in my retina. I have been told that usually most of the floater remains and that only a bit of blood is absorbed, but that one gets "used to" the floaters. At present it is extremely bothering. I would like to hear about anyone else's experiences with this. Thank you!
 
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chanieF
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2/28/05 1:01 AM
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BH yours did not progress to a RD!
unfortunately, there is not much one can do for floaters..they're stuck floating inside your eye.
however, usually you do adapt to them and don't notice them as much. like when you walk into a smelly room..after a few minutes you don't smell it anymore.your brain adapts to it.
until then, it can be rather annoying.
 
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2/28/05 2:24 PM
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My husband has a floater, and although that eye tends to be a bit dry (which could be entirely coincidental) he has not felt it in years. You should get use to it soon. G'luck!
 
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tarashoshana
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12/17/05 6:11 AM
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Yes, you will get used to the floaters. The main thing is to make sure there is no tear in the retina when they first appear. What happens is the vitreous, which is a jelly in the back of the eye, breaks away and those are the "floaters" you see, and if they pull too much on the thin sheet of the retina (like a thin photo film), they can cause a tiny tear that can develop into a detachment if you do not get it sealed up right away. I had a tiny horseshoe tear in August of 1997, but luckily when I saw the army of floaters that suddenly appeared in my eye, I called my optometrist and they checked it and saw there was a tiny tear. They sent me right away to the opthalmologist, a retinal specialist, and I got cryrogenic surgury (freezing of the tear so the scar tissue closed it up). It was a little uncomfortable but it was a success. Otherwise, I would have been blind in that eye. When the vitreous broke away in my other eye a few years later, I recognized that it was happening in that eye also, and went to the opthalmologist, and this time did not have a tear. I still have the floaters but do not notice them a lot - I am used to them by now.
 
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