Eye floaters

  rawprawn 17:50 20 Jun 2011

4 days ago I woke up to find an enormous eye floater, I had just ordered a new pair of glasses and saw the optician straight Away. She informed me I had quite a big floater and being over 70 this was not unusual. It is driving me mad, I have difficulty with my computer as quite a lot is blocked out. I am told there is nothing I can do, I am pretty fit and never thought about something like this. Has anybody got experience of this problem and offer any advice. Thanks RP

  BT 17:59 20 Jun 2011

See your Doctor and get referred to the Eye Clinic. There could well be something that can be done.

  AroundAgain 18:00 20 Jun 2011

Hi rawprawn

Sorry to hear about this. It certainly sounds frustrating

Check out here which is an NHS site. It gives some general information. I hope it helps.

Hopefully, someone who has more knowledge can reassure you

Good luck

  sunnystaines 18:39 20 Jun 2011

in extreem cases the eye jelly is removed and replaced with optical jel

  sunnystaines 18:42 20 Jun 2011


i read up a lot on eyes recently as i suffer flashing bright lights, exploding pixel like things and things like the bonanza opening map all linked to migraine. only get a few times a day but very annoying i know how you must feel

  rawprawn 18:44 20 Jun 2011

Thanks for the answers, I have looked on the internet but there doesn't seem to be a cure. I am told (and have read) that it will become less noticable in 2 or 3 months time. I do really hope so! I was working in the garden this morning and I didn't notice it very much. However if I watch TV, read a newspaper or use my computer it is a real bummer. If anyone has experience please let me know. Thanks RP

  rawprawn 18:47 20 Jun 2011

AroundAgain Mine are cloud like, but having read your link it only really confirms what I have been told. Thank you anyway.

  Forum Editor 18:51 20 Jun 2011

I am told there is nothing I can do

Broadly speaking I think that's correct. There is a surgical treatment - called Vitrectomy - but I believe the potential risks outweigh the benefits in all but the most severe cases.

A trip to Moorfields eye hospital in London would get you the best advice in the world about eye problems. You'll wait a long time, but it's worth it.

  wiz-king 19:42 20 Jun 2011

I had several at one time but since my blood pressure has been adjusted I haven't had any for several years. I found the most annoying thing was trying to move my eye to see something and the damn thing kept moving back into the line of sight. All of mine went away in a few weeks.

  SparkyJack 20:04 20 Jun 2011

Time is the only cure- assuming that other checks have proved positive.

My late wife awoke one morning with no vision in one eye at all.

A visit to the local A&E- and they sent her poste haste in ambulance with all the blues and twos to a nearby hospital with an ophthalmic unit.

And after examination - that was the remedy - Time -and truse enough the floater broke up and was flushed away over a period of weeks.

Very frighteing at the time though.

  rawprawn 20:36 20 Jun 2011

SparkeJack thanks, at least that gives me some hope, Iwill try and be patient and hope for the best.

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