Floaters: When to see a ophthalmologist?

Posted by anet @anet, Aug 19 9:30pm

I have suddenly developed a floater that is really annoying. It looks like a fly or a tadpole and darts around. I have had it about four days now. Should I see a doctor or hope it goes away? I saw my ophthalmologist three months ago and all was well.

Hello @anet,

Usually, floaters in the eye are annoying but quite harmless. However, after four days it might be good to contact your ophthalmologist and have it checked out. Here is some information on the possible causes and treatments for floaters, https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/eye-floaters/symptoms-causes/syc-20372346.

Have you had any other visual problems mentioned in this article such as light flashes or loss of your peripheral vision?

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Having had many floaters in the past I can tell you from personal experience the sooner you see a retinal specialist the better off you will be.

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As we age eye floaters become an issue and some settle to not become a vision hindrance, but I have one in the center of my eye that moves around and the rest is blurry. Have had it looked at but am seeing eye doctor on Monday because getting more blurry and can only see clearly from one eye. Has anyone experienced this? Am worried.

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@marjou

As we age eye floaters become an issue and some settle to not become a vision hindrance, but I have one in the center of my eye that moves around and the rest is blurry. Have had it looked at but am seeing eye doctor on Monday because getting more blurry and can only see clearly from one eye. Has anyone experienced this? Am worried.

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@marjou, I moved your question to the Eye Conditions group to this existing discussion about Eye Floaters so that you can connect with
@anet and @veteran1950.

You might also be interested in this discussion that @susan2018 started:
– Floaters Only Vitrectomy https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/floaters-only-vitrectomy/

I'm glad that you've made an appointment with the eye doctor since you are experiencing a vision hindrance. I hope you'll let us know how it goes.

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@colleenyoung

@marjou, I moved your question to the Eye Conditions group to this existing discussion about Eye Floaters so that you can connect with
@anet and @veteran1950.

You might also be interested in this discussion that @susan2018 started:
– Floaters Only Vitrectomy https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/floaters-only-vitrectomy/

I'm glad that you've made an appointment with the eye doctor since you are experiencing a vision hindrance. I hope you'll let us know how it goes.

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@colleenyoung Thank you.

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It has been my experience having both floaters and a vitrectomy that you probably need to see a retinal specialist.

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