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Floaters - Part 2
Mark Pophal, M.D.

Dr. Pophal would like to remind you that without an exam many of your questions cannot be properly answered.

Your vision is important and should not be taken for granted, or taken lightly. It is wise to see an eye doctor right away if you have questions or problems with your eyes or vision.

Useful information can be found at the American Academy of Ophthalmology website


Q. Are Floaters ever serious?

A. The retina can tear if the shrinking vitreous gel pulls away from the wall of the eye. This sometimes causes a small amount of bleeding in the eye that may appear as new floaters.

A torn retina is always a serious problem, since it can lead to a retinal detachment. You should see your opthalmologist as soon as possible if:

  • even one new floater appears suddenly
  • you see sudden flashes of light
If you notice other symptoms, like the loss of side vision, you should see your opthalmologist.

Q. Can Floaters be removed?

A. Floaters may be a symptom of a tear in the retina, which is a serious problem. If a retinal tear is not treated, the retina may detach from the back of the eye. The only treatment for a detached retina is surgery.

Other floaters are harmless and fade over time or become less bothersome, requiring no treatment.

Even if you have had floaters for years, you should schedule an eye examinatyiopn with your opthalmologist if you notice new ones.




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