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Forum Name: Eye diseases (Ophthalmology)

Question: Causes of eye floaters

Poda - Wed Jan 31, 2007 3:42 am

Hi. I've been having eye floaters with increasing frequency the past month or so. It started with my right eye occaisionally, then my left eye. Now, it's at the point where it's just repeated floating things over and over. It's kind of annoying and worrisome since it's happening so fast with no explanation. I went the eye doctor twice, he did a bunch of little eye tests, but he said he sees nothing except floaters. Well, I believe there is an underlying cause to make them happen so suddenly. What are some other things to consider, like other fields of study?
Dr. Chan Lowe - Mon Mar 19, 2007 1:28 am

It is normal for people to get the occasional floater. However, persistent floaters are an indication that something is going on until proven otherwise.

There are a few possible causes. Retina problems can cause floaters to appear. They may also be an early warning of an impending migraine Headache. Rarely, they may be seen with migraine Headaches that do not actually have a Headache. They may also be seen in association with high blood pressure.

If your ophthalmologist is confident that your eyes are not the cause and the floaters persist you should see your regular doctor for a full evaluation. At that point, referral to a neurologist may be needed.

Best wishes.
Poda - Fri Apr 27, 2007 3:57 am

Thanks. Do you know of any neurological conditions that are associated with eye floaters? I think I might go to the Mayo Clinic, as it seems like noone where I live can figure out what's causing it.
Dr. Chan Lowe - Mon Apr 30, 2007 12:04 am

There are actually many neurological causes for eye floaters, as well as many ophthalmologic problems.

The Mayo Clinic is an excellent clinic to receive care from.

Best wishes.

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