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Anyone ever had them? My eyes aren't great (I wear bi-focals), I'm 48, and tonight I started to get this moving stringy thing moving across my right eye. I went to emergency, the doctor explained what he thought it was, told me to see the opthamologist tomorrow, and I've just done some online reading, and everything matches what he suspected: "floaters." I'm kind of nervous--I was warned two years ago that my retina is larger than normal and that I had to be alert to a detached retina. I guess what I want to know is: has anyone had these, and did you adjust after a while? The reading I've done says that most are untreated, and you eventually adjust.

clemenza, Wednesday, 15 September 2010 01:50 (ten years ago) link

Yeah I have these. Minor scarring at the back of my retina apparently. You get used to them, I only really notice them if I'm looking at something bright and then barely.

rhythm fixated member (chap), Wednesday, 15 September 2010 01:54 (ten years ago) link

P.S. thought this would be a thread about poo.

rhythm fixated member (chap), Wednesday, 15 September 2010 01:54 (ten years ago) link

^OP hall of fame missed opportunity

she's one intense bitch, she rides a unicycle (arby's), Wednesday, 15 September 2010 01:55 (ten years ago) link

i mean first response

she's one intense bitch, she rides a unicycle (arby's), Wednesday, 15 September 2010 01:56 (ten years ago) link

Chap: the first response calmed me down, the second made me a little nauseous. So thanks (divided by two)!

clemenza, Wednesday, 15 September 2010 02:07 (ten years ago) link

Are eye floaters caused by drinking too much?

fields of salmon, Wednesday, 15 September 2010 02:09 (ten years ago) link

i have em, they dont really bother me

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Whiney G. Weingarten, Wednesday, 15 September 2010 02:13 (ten years ago) link

Literally about 5 minutes before I first noticed them, I had used Jesus's name in vain on the Warren Oates thread. So they're caused by using Jesus's name in vain.

clemenza, Wednesday, 15 September 2010 02:19 (ten years ago) link

thought this thread was going to be about dead bodies in a river

the tune is space, Wednesday, 15 September 2010 02:24 (ten years ago) link

i have them, getting worse as i age

ask corey (buzza), Wednesday, 15 September 2010 02:52 (ten years ago) link

I've had them since childhood, and my opthamologist (as a younger adult, I've had lasik and haven't seen one in 12 years) would call in assistants to look at my retina (I had very clear vitreous fluid and well-preserved "embryonic" vestigia of some sort). I think its more a matter of having microscopic vitreous fluid detritus floating near of your optic nerve than anything to worry about. When external objects start looking cloudy at any focal range, then I'd worry.

your message can reach dozens (Sanpaku), Wednesday, 15 September 2010 03:00 (ten years ago) link

i have tons of floaters -- i think it's cuz i have no pigmentation in my pupils (or is it retinas? i don't remember) -- anyway they don't really bother me anymore

J0rdan S., Wednesday, 15 September 2010 03:03 (ten years ago) link

That's helpful. Nothing external is cloudy--it's a little mess of something that passes in front of whatever's external, and only on the right eye. Anyway, I'll find out more tomorrow. "Getting worse as I age" is disconcerting.

clemenza, Wednesday, 15 September 2010 03:29 (ten years ago) link

my wife has them, she just ignores them these days.

sleeve, Wednesday, 15 September 2010 05:20 (ten years ago) link

i've had these as long as i can remember. they've stayed the same as far as i can tell, and i mostly notice them against a blue sky background. always thought they looked like little chains of bubbles.

circles, Wednesday, 15 September 2010 05:31 (ten years ago) link

little chains for me

J0rdan S., Wednesday, 15 September 2010 05:33 (ten years ago) link

i've always had these, at least as far back as i can remember, and i have more or less perfect sight

used to think they look like lil microorganisms

Chinedu "Edu" Obasi Ogbuke (nakhchivan), Wednesday, 15 September 2010 11:03 (ten years ago) link

had these since childhood - for a while developed terrible fear/compulsion suspecting they were souls of the dead and therefore I had to make sure they floated sideways or upwards out of my vision because if they disappeared downwards they were going to hell :(

camphor jars (c sharp major), Wednesday, 15 September 2010 11:08 (ten years ago) link

i had them as a kid more often but i haven't had one in a while. i honestly didn't believe until now that they were on my eye! never really thought about it.

the girl with the butt tattoo (harbl), Wednesday, 15 September 2010 11:15 (ten years ago) link

i've had these my whole life. i have a really early memory of reaching up into the sky to try and catch them, with a friend who had them too.

jabba hands, Wednesday, 15 September 2010 11:32 (ten years ago) link

They're just dead cells aren't they?

not_goodwin, Wednesday, 15 September 2010 11:40 (ten years ago) link

More or less, yeah. Had these as long as i can remember, a whole bunch in the right eye, not so much in the left. Vision is and always has been pretty sharp (although slightly less so in the right - probably just coincidence). I can usually ignore them, but sometimes lie in bed of a morning flicking my eyes back and forth to try and get the largest cluster in the centre of my vision for closer examination. Fun times.

ledge, Wednesday, 15 September 2010 11:44 (ten years ago) link

i've always had them, as far back as i can remember. they've never gotten any better or worse, but they don't impede my vision at all. pretty much only notice them when i'm looking at the blue sky, or at well-lit white surfaces. never known what they were, nor have i ever worried much about them.

having taken an actual journalism class (contenderizer), Wednesday, 15 September 2010 11:59 (ten years ago) link

look either like microorganisms, dust motes, or bits of thread/hair.

having taken an actual journalism class (contenderizer), Wednesday, 15 September 2010 12:01 (ten years ago) link

Ah yes Ive had an annoying floater in my right eye forever. I always notice it if im staring at a white wall - it'll skid back and fro on my vision. Doesnt obscure anything but can be annoying, in the same way my tinnitus is when I pay it mind.

Connect Four Tet (Trayce), Wednesday, 15 September 2010 12:17 (ten years ago) link

This has all been very helpful, thanks. As long as it's not Stage 1 on the way to a detached retina, I can live with it. I'm at work today, going golfing tomorrow, nothing's changed. It's very annoying right now, but all the reading I did (and from what most people say here) indicated that you eventually adjust.

clemenza, Wednesday, 15 September 2010 12:34 (ten years ago) link

To comfort you further, I've had them for approx ten years, and on my most recent trip to the optician was told I have extremely healthy (if quite myopic) eyes.

rhythm fixated member (chap), Wednesday, 15 September 2010 12:56 (ten years ago) link

I would always see these little round things floating in front of my eyes in the bathtub when I was a kid, I thought they were blood vessels. I've always had really great vision and eye health.

peacocks, Wednesday, 15 September 2010 13:18 (ten years ago) link

i always thought everyone had these? can't remember ever not having them - just that they're something you only notice if you're looking for instead of through them.

Kim, Wednesday, 15 September 2010 14:22 (ten years ago) link

omg i thght this was gonna be about bodies. lol

Nathalie (stevienixed), Wednesday, 15 September 2010 15:32 (ten years ago) link

Blue field entoptic phenomenon!

hey it's (jel --), Wednesday, 15 September 2010 16:39 (ten years ago) link

First really noticed mine when I was eight or so. I think some part of me thought I was looking at air molecules very very close to my eyeball.

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 15 September 2010 16:40 (ten years ago) link

No retinal detachment. Prognosis: float on.

clemenza, Thursday, 16 September 2010 00:05 (ten years ago) link

i only notice them when i'm either looking at the sky or on ilx (whitest site on the net)

time for a chimmy changa run (kelpolaris), Thursday, 16 September 2010 03:22 (ten years ago) link

two years pass...

The problem with explaining to a concerned patient what floaters are is that I become unpleasantly aware of my own floaters for the rest of the day.

Plasmon, Tuesday, 30 April 2013 18:52 (seven years ago) link

I can imagine.

I ended up going in for a check when a particularly visible one came into my vision. Got a check-up and the diagnosis that everything was fine, followed by a week of noticing every floater in my vision.

mh, Tuesday, 30 April 2013 18:56 (seven years ago) link

I notice mine when I'm reaaaaalllly tired

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 30 April 2013 18:58 (seven years ago) link

^^^ (although I only have to be fairly tired)

Camp Macaroni Style (snoball), Tuesday, 30 April 2013 19:13 (seven years ago) link

Mrs. Redd just had one looked at today but apparently it was nothing serious, as you seem to indicate.

Blue Yodel No. 9 Dream (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 30 April 2013 19:16 (seven years ago) link

sometimes I see floaters when I eat a lot of kale or other similarly fibrous vegetables

siouxsan sarandon (Stevie D(eux)), Tuesday, 30 April 2013 19:17 (seven years ago) link

i get the protozoa shaped ones

am0n, Tuesday, 30 April 2013 19:18 (seven years ago) link

I feel like I have this when I get stuff on my contact lenses but I don't think I've ever actually had them. Of course now I'm gonna start checking for the immediately and will probably notice 10 within the half hour.

Airwrecka Bliptrap Blapmantis (ENBB), Tuesday, 30 April 2013 19:20 (seven years ago) link

six years pass...

The ones in my right eye evidently wanted some company, so now I've got them in the left eye too. These are somewhat different--instead of the hanging-string effect (which I eventually got used to and never thought about anymore), it's more like a sudden flicker. I was worried that I was seeing flashes of light--more serious--but I went back to the eye doctor, and she says there's no pulling away from the retina that she can detect.

I am wondering if, before it ever gets to that stage, I should go and have preemptive laser surgery, which is supposed to be fairly mild. I dread to think I'll be driving along one day on the highway, and suddenly the one eye goes dark.

clemenza, Thursday, 13 February 2020 05:47 (seven months ago) link

I have them and have for years and unless someone points them out to me, I barely even notice them anymore.

that's scary with the flickers. good that there's no sign of detachment - might have been just a temporary anomaly.

sorry for butt rockin (Neanderthal), Thursday, 13 February 2020 05:49 (seven months ago) link

Thanks. Freaked me out a bit because of the difference from what I was used to, but I assume the optometrist would have taken action immediately if necessary.

clemenza, Thursday, 13 February 2020 05:55 (seven months ago) link

Hate these shitters

Swilling Ambergris, Esq. (silby), Thursday, 13 February 2020 05:56 (seven months ago) link

What’s to hate?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HZklwTGZutc

breastcrawl, Thursday, 13 February 2020 07:20 (seven months ago) link


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