Eye Floaters

Eye floaters refer to small spots or lines that move along the field of vision. When one tries to focus, floaters do not fall in the vision. It usually occurs in older age people. Eye floaters are made of small flecks of a protein called collagen. It is present in the gel-like structures called vitreous in the back of the eye. With the increase in age, these fibers in vitreous shrink to little shreds and makeup into small clumps and appears as small round spots.

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Far sight has not improved post cataract. What can be done now?

Query: Hello doctor, My Mother underwent a cataract procedure. After the procedure, we were informed that there was some complication while doing the procedure and they have to do another retina surgery. The same happened next day. It has been more than three weeks but there has not been any remarkable imp...  Read Full »


Dr. Priyanka

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Sometimes, complications happen in cataract surgery also. It is mentioned in the medical literature that there is zonular dialysis this makes a little tricky surgery. This makes lens weak and there are chances of particles of lens going back towards the retina. But t...  Read Full »

My daughter sees a little dot from her left eye. What are the probable diagnoses?

Query: Hello doctor, My 14-year-old daughter saw a little dot in her left eye (it could be a floater only) about a month ago. She is fine. There is no fever, no headache, no nausea, or pain on any part of her body. When an ophthalmologist examined her, he told us that her optic nerve was elevated. So, he r...  Read Full »


Dr. Nene Devavrat Harihar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. The differentials can be MS (multiple sclerosis), ADEM (acute disseminated encephalomyelitis), or other autoimmune disorders. ADEM should be suspected in a child who develops multifocal neurologic abnormalities with encephalopathy-like confusion, excessive irritabili...  Read Full »

What are the possible causes for getting eye floaters?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a history of allergies and medical issues (rhinitis, bronchial asthma, sacroiliitis, viral keratitis post lasik, iron deficiency anemia, and panniculitis). I have had high IgE levels of nearly 800 kU/L for the last ten to fifteen years without any rise in specific allergen. I a...  Read Full »


Dr. Rahul Vaswani

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through your report (attachments removed to protect the patient’s identity). All the weak areas of your retina are lasered as per the reports, and they have not mentioned any unlasered fresh tears or holes. You can take capsule Carovit forte, but I canno...  Read Full »

Are eye floaters an emergency condition, and should I consult the doctor immediately?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 46 years old and have had eye floaters for more than 15 years. I noticed two small ones in my right eye as well. Nothing bothers me, but my eyes burn continuously, and water comes out of my eyes. I do not have any blurry vision, curtain effects on the eyes, loss of peripheral visi...  Read Full »


Dr. Gargi Madhukar Apte

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Eye floaters are not always an emergency. In your case, you have a few floaters but no flashes of light and curtain effect, so I suggest you wait till your appointment. If you feel they are increasing or associated with flashes, visit the emergency room. Also, the chan...  Read Full »

My optometrist referred me to a neurologist because I see flashes in my eyes. Please suggest something.

Query: Hello doctor,I went to my optometrist three weeks ago because of flashes in the side and upper part of my eye. He dilated my eyes, but nothing was found. So he sent me to a neurologist, and sometimes my head hurts daily. Please help.  Read Full »


Dr. Prashant Koranmath

Answer: Hello,Welcome to icliniq.com.A jelly-like substance in the eye called vitreous humor starts to liquefy with age, and you might see floaters. I suggest you consult an ophthalmologist immediately if the floaters increase, there is decreased vision, or you see flashes of light. These are the signs of r...  Read Full »

Can I get medications online for ocular toxoplasmosis without consulting the opthalmologist?

Query: Hello doctor,I consulted the nearby doctor for ocular toxoplasmosis. My symptoms are getting worse, and I was on the tablet Clindamycin for a week and started seeing improvements. However, I saw eye floaters for several years before a tooth infection. This infection triggered my ocular toxoplasmosis...  Read Full »


Dr. Gargi Madhukar Apte

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. It is impossible to diagnose ocular toxoplasmosis without checking the eyes, especially the retina. I suggest you take the tablet Pyrimethamine 50 mg twice daily for two weeks and the next 25 mg twice daily for the next two weeks, along with the tablet Sulfadiaxone. I ...  Read Full »

After getting hit in the eye, I noticed a dark spot. Should I be worried?

Query: Hello doctor, I was recently hit directly in my eye, and I suddenly started to notice a dark spot during the daytime. It disappeared after about four hours and is now only noticeable in low light conditions such as moonlight. Should I be worried, or will it go away with time?  Read Full »


Dr. Gargi Madhukar Apte

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your symptom can be floaters. Blunt trauma to the eye can cause these kinds of symptoms. To be on the safer side, you should visit an ophthalmologist so that retina and vision checkups can be done thoroughly. Also, do cold compression to your eye. That will cause littl...  Read Full »

My father 80 years old he is having discomfort in his right eyes. Please advise.

Query: Hello doctor, My father is 80-years-old. He has diabetes and has been bedridden. He has a black spot in the right eye, anf it is causing discomfort. Please suggest and guide how to manage this issue as we cannot take him to a local doctor in this pandemic. Thank you.  Read Full »


Dr. Prashant Koranmath

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. There is a jelly-like substance in the eye called vitreous, and as age progresses, it starts to liquefy, and you begin seeing floaters, or it also happens in high myopes. You should go to an ophthalmologist immediately if there is an increase in the number of these f...  Read Full »

My eyes are sensitive to light, and I can see floaters. What can I do?

Query: Hello doctor,I have always been a little sensitive to light, maybe because I work a lot in front of a screen. I have seen some eye floaters for a couple of years when looking at something bright-like in snow, white screen, or skies. Two weeks ago, my eyes got very tired after using a smartphone scre...  Read Full »


Dr. Akshay U. Nayak

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your concern. I had taken a look at the image (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity) there is nothing to worry about. Floaters are extremely common. Almost everyone at some point in their lives sees it. We only worry when floaters incr...  Read Full »

My eye pressure is 15 mm Hg and 18 mm Hg. Does different pressure lead to problem?

Query: Hello doctor, I did an eye test for the first time in my life and took images and a bunch more. Everything looked normal, but my eye pressure was different in each eye. One was 15, and the other was 18. Do I have anything to worry about? Please help.   Read Full »


Dr. Ammar Zahid Malik

Answer: Hi. Welcome to icliniq.com. Intraocular Pressure (IOP) is pressure in the eyeball to keep its shape formed. Its normal range is below 20 mmHg. IOP also fluctuates with different causes, and there is also a daily fluctuation. In your case, IOP readings are in the normal range. It seems normal,...  Read Full »

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