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I recently developed an eye floater.  I visited my eye doctor and had a thorough exam.  She mentioned that I could have this forever.....and will get use to it!   UGH.  As long as there are no signs of any tears (retina), they don't do anything for it.  Anyone have any experiences or input with regard to eye floaters??  Thanks in advance.  

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Have had a few instances - mostly when I get stressed.  One sent me immediately to my dr then to an eye specialist - the floaters were all over my vision range.  Old age is what they tell you - deal with it.  They eventually went away.  I do still get flashes of light in my peripheral occasionally.  As long as there's not a tear, you are okay.

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Yep, they are highly annoying at first, but you do get used to them.   I've had one in my right eye for 2 years now.   It drove me nuts in the very beginning but not so much now.   

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I have had one for years and have had no problems with it. My eye doctor just keeps and eye on it and as long as there are no changes it is not a problem.

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Yes, I do.  It concerned me because I do have a slight tear in my retina.  I've had it for years and I know the signs to look for if progresses and becomes serious.  So, I was concerned when I got the floater.  My opthalmologist assured me that it was not due to the tear, that most people get them at some point, there's nothing to be concerned about, they usually resolve on their own.  They are "bits" of vitreous material that breaks off and floats around.  He said if they are accompanied by bright flashes....get to the ED immediately.  I can't say how long I had the long lasting floaters...I think a few weeks.  But like most people, I get an occasional floater.

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I dad one and eventually it just went away, the doc told me the same thing.

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Welcome to the club! I've struggled with floaters for years. One eye Dr. told me I had the biggest floaters he'd ever seen. I suppose you get used to them a little but they are so annoying. I believe there is actually a surgery they can do but it's not recommended. They drain the fluid around the eye, and hopefully the floaters too, and then put some solution back in the eye.



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i'm with my eye doctor right now because i was having a problem with my left eye and that's exactly what she told me! ugh is right!

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@catpat  Yes, I've had them off and on for as long as I can remember.  After awhile you will hardly notice them.  My sister is 10 years younger than me, and made me laugh recently when she told me of her experience with them. Apparently, she never had them before (she's 58), and when they started she thought she had gnats flying around in her kitchen!  Cat LOL

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Yep, just something you will have to learn to live with, I find mine is more so when I am tired!