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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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Are burning sensations on my face and sore teeth and gums related to TMJ disorder?

Query: Hello doctor,I am a 46-year-old female. I was diagnosed with a TMJ disorder a few months back. I have had an ongoing numbness of the tongue on the right side for about nine months. I also have sore teeth and gums, facial pain, numbness, and tingling all over my face. Now my face and the inside of my...  Read Full »

Dr. Sally Attalah

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I read your query and understand your concern. TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorder as you know and have mentioned causes a lot of symptoms and also causes teeth misalignment. This makes changes in the biting pattern of your upper and lower teeth, due to which your teet...  Read Full »

I have had constant after images and floaters in my eyes for the past few months. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I have had constant after images in my eyes for the past few months. My eyes often ache and I am slightly short-sighted. However, I do not wear glasses full-time. I also see floaters and my vision is also very grainy. I feel like I am going crazy as I am constantly seeing them. Please...  Read Full »

Dr. Bandivadekar Pooja Mohan

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I went through your query and understood your concern. After images and floaters are two different things. After images are seen physiologically by everybody after looking at bright things and light and are perfectly normal. You may have simply started noticing them...  Read Full »

I have issues that disturb my right eyesight. Kindly help.

Query: Hello doctor, I have constant heaviness and discomfort in the right eye. However, around a month ago, I experienced an eye floater that was obstructing my peripheral vision. The muscle of the brow is also continually pulling up. Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Bandivadekar Pooja Mohan

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and can understand your concern. The brow pain may be due to multiple reasons. Refractive error is the most common reason. You may not note decreased vision when the refractive error is small. Sinusitis is an inflammation of the sinus above your ey...  Read Full »

I see some floating wavy things and a few spots in my eyes. What are they?

Query: Hello doctor, I see some floating wavy things in my eyes. They look like waves, and sometimes there are one or few spots that look solid. What are they? I have been to an optometrist for a retinal scan the other month and they did not find anything wrong. Maybe they missed something. Also, I got the...  Read Full »

Dr. Vaibhev Mittal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. The red wavy lines are blood vessels that are present in all eyes and are important for the survival of the eye. These vessels provide nutrition to the eyes so do not worry about them. Regarding the dots, I am not very sure which dot are y...  Read Full »

I feel a speck of dirt stuck in my eyes which moves. Why?

Query: Hi doctor,Yesterday, I got hit with a ball in my left eye. Since the incident, I feel like a piece of dirt is stuck in front of my eyes. And when I move my eye, the dirt follows along. It does not hurt, but I would like to know what it can be. Also, I am taking tablets Vyvanse and Arpizol. Please he...  Read Full »

Dr. Vaibhev Mittal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I went through your query and understood your concern. Your symptoms are suggestive of floaters. Usually, these are benign, and you do not need treatment. However, in your case, it started yesterday after the trauma, possibly due to blood in the vitreous chamber. Thi...  Read Full »

How can I treat floaters in my eyes which cause pain?

Query: Hi doctor, I have been living with floaters in my eye for over 10 years. Also when I look at things at a far distance it is blurring. As I move my eye the floaters move along with my vision, but I try to ignore it. However, a few times I get pain in my eye yet I do not know if it is due to the float...  Read Full »

Dr. Manjunath Natarajan

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Floaters which do not show any variation in number can be safely ignored with regular follow-up once a year or as and when needed in case of the development of new symptoms. Floaters on their own cannot cause any headaches. In case they are becoming annoyed, after an op...  Read Full »

How soon should I see a doctor after visual disturbances?

Query: Hello doctor, About six hours ago, I started seeing a transparent floater which I had not seen before, and then three hours later, I started seeing light flashes at the edge of my visual field in my left eye. Can I wait for three more days to see my doctor?  Read Full »

Dr. Bandivadekar Pooja Mohan

Answer: Hello, Welcome to If you have access to an ophthalmologist on this weekend, then get a thorough retinal evaluation with indentation done. The symptoms you are describing are consistent with posterior vitreous detachment, a process which by itself does not cause a decrease in vision. H...  Read Full »

How to treat black or colored flickering dots in vision?

Query: Hi doctor, I have eye problems consisting of black, transparent, and colored flickering dots around my vision. An ophthalmologist has ruled out some issues within my actual eye, so I would like to know if my condition is neurological and if it is treatable or not. Please help me. Thank you.  Read Full »

Dr. Prashant Koranmath

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. There is a jelly-like substance in the eye called vitreous, and as age progresses, it starts to liquefy, and you start seeing floaters, or it also happens in high myopics. You should go to an ophthalmologist immediately if there is an increas...  Read Full »

I saw a cluster of small moving dots in the eyes. Why?

Query: Hello doctor,I have had an eye floater for around six months and my eye specialist said my eyes are fine but recently I have been getting a cluster of small moving dots in the eyes. Currently, I am taking anti-anxiety drugs and beta blockers.   Read Full »

Dr. Vaibhev Mittal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Floaters are usually benign and do not need any treatment. There is no eyedrop for floaters. The only way to get rid of them is to avoid them. Floaters are annoying, and it takes a few weeks or months to suppress them. Floaters in hundreds are suggestive of retina is...  Read Full »

I have been experiencing eye floaters for about a week or two now. Should I consult an ophthalmologist ?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been experiencing the presence of eye floaters for about a week or two now. Approximately two years ago, I had a mild case of floaters which eventually faded from my awareness. However, recently they have reappeared. The floaters I see appear in various shapes, including thick ...  Read Full »

Dr. Vaibhev Mittal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thank you for your query. In the eye, we can distinguish between two segments: the anterior segment and the posterior segment. The posterior segment contains a gel-like substance called the vitreous. The vitreous is primarily composed of collagen fibers. In some ind...  Read Full »

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