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eye floaters !

Hello everyone, this is the first time I write here and my English is not that good.

I just want ask you about eye floaters ( threads and spots ) 

I first notice working in my office . And never notice them anywhere, but I got stressed and booked an appointment Whith an eye doctor, he told me that the jelly substance has changed a little bit .then , I became so stressed and started looking for them every where , they became more and more and more . Now I keep seeing threads and spots everywhere and a shore of them especiall when looking at the sky or light.

I am so freaked out .

what do you think about my situation ?am I having all these floaters in real ? 

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  • nina234 nina234 manal02980

    You need to try to relax. Do guided meditation on Youtube or something like that. You can also make your computer screen colors inverted so the background is black and the text is white.That helps some. Floaters are not dangerous unless you see a whole lot of them all at one time (tiny specks like black pepper, but a lot of them at once) and also have flashing in your eye. That can mean you have a detached retina and it needs to be checked out.

    • nina234 nina234

      Also if you try to relax, hopefully eventually you won't notice them anymore. There's nothing you can do about them, at least nothing that doesn't have a lot of risk that goes along with it.

    • manal02980 manal02980 nina234

      I see a lot of them when looking at the sky almost all the my vision is covered by the dots and the threads. When I am outdoors I keep seeing them even when I look at the floors or the other things . I am surprised how did I developed such number of floaters in only few weeks. I am so stressed that I stoped going to work or eat or taking care of my child or even sleep . I spend all the time thinking of them trying to convince myself that I don t have them

  • Lotsofpain Lotsofpain manal02980

    Nina is right.  From what the doctor told you we can discern that the vitreous fluid has moved a bit off the retina so its washing about causing floaters and other things you can see.  Its not dangerous, happens to everyone as we get older. If  the retina had detached the eye doctor would have seen it and done something urgently about it

    So you need to relax as Nina has said  and your brain will adapt and although the floaters will be there your brain will make it so you don't see it.

    Maybe you need some help relaxing, are there other things in your life that are stressing you out.  Find ways of dealing with those

    • manal02980 manal02980 Lotsofpain

      The only thing that stress me out is my floaters! I literally stoped my life 💔💔💔 I can't cope with them . I feel that life becomes as a prison . Sleeping becomes very diffecult , and even the easiest thing becomes really hard to do 💔 do you think my anexiety makes me see more of them ?

    • nina234 nina234 manal02980

      It sounds like a PVD (posterior vitreous detachment) in one or both eyes which is basically what all floaters are caused by, but a real PVD causes larger floaters that usually look like spider webs. It's very unusual to have that at your age though. Maybe see a retina specialist just to make sure your retina is alright. There are things they can do surgically to try to get rid of floaters (YAG laser or a vitrectomy), but I wouldn't try those unless absolutely necessary due to the risk of complications. There's a chance over time that the floaters will fall away from your line of vision and stop bothering you. With PVD, they also oftentimes detach completely and then float out of the line of vision and if that happens, they won't bother you anymore.

    • Lotsofpain Lotsofpain nina234

      Yes agree  just been through all this before and after cateract surgery including  a post op infection

      As sight has improved, infection gone my brain has learned to ignore the floaters

    • manal02980 manal02980 nina234

      Yes, I saw a retina specialist, and he said that everything is ok. He said that the jelly substance changed , and I should experience flashes very soon . He also told me not to visit him again until I start seeing curtains. 

      The strange thing I start seeing lots of  foaters after he checked my eyes. And they keep increasing in number. I don't even know my floaters because of their huge amount. 

      I would like to ask is there any food that might help decreasing floaters ?

      is it related to pregnancy ? 

      Thanks a lot for your help .💓💓

    • manal02980 manal02980 nina234

      Do they really go away for people ?

      I am really disappointed because of all the sad stories of people who have floaters. They have been struggling for years !

      sorry for asking so many questions, but I feel sad for my self since I am young and I am expecting my baby within 2 months.

      also , I am a teacher and I did not go to my work for the last month because of my situation. I am thinking of taking anexiety medicine to stop thinking about them 😫

    • nina234 nina234 manal02980

      A lot of times if it's PVD it detaches completely and goes away. I don't know what else to tell you. Maybe ask your doctor if he recommends surgery for it even though it's risky.

  • kim27383 kim27383 manal02980

    I have floaters and flashes. The optometrist didn't notice anything so I went to an opthalmologist. They did a flourosene angiogram and they think I have occular Histoplasmosis which is a fungus that can travel from the lungs to the eyes and attach. I lived on a farm for awhile in my childhood and it is common in the Midwest "histobelt" I have read. So far it hasn't affected my vision but it can. I think most cases are usually PVD but you may want to have it checked out in case. Sometimes they go away on their own. Stress definitely makes the flashes and floaters worse. In fact they can bring them on initially which is what the eye doctor said happened in my case. Best wishes.

    • manal02980 manal02980 kim27383

      I think my stress is the reason 💔💔💔💔💔

      My life becomes so difficult that I stopped living my life. It is so hard not to enjoy the life again. I am surrounded by dots and threads , and I can't even have the ability to deal with them

  • John5006 John5006 manal02980

    Hi Manal,

    ​Hey, calm down. you got them and that's it. No need for panic unless you get white flashes of dots or a snow storm or something like that .............. then get the hell to an eye hospital or eye clinic or eye doctor pronto !

    ​I have had floaters for years they started out as little black dots, then they subsided, then they returned as images like dried out wiggly garden worms. They've subsided too.

    Actually, they haven't gone away its just that the brain has itself adjusted to them and has trained the eye to switch off these images.

    Yes a bit of a worry. but nothing to stress out about. Eventually, they will subside.



    • manal02980 manal02980 John5006

      Mine actually are lots and lots of white dots and I can see them in any bright room. Also , lots of threads . Sometimes weird things. I see them very clear when looking at the sky. And the dots are killing me I see them in any bright room and that why I stopped going to work 😟

    • kim27383 kim27383 manal02980

      That's the way mine are. It's ok. Calm down. Really. I've been dealing with it for a couple of months. There are things they can do like possible Lazer surgery to help. I am still going to work and I work in an office as an admin and I am always on a computer. My eyes are adjusting pretty well...well my brain is at least. When i go outside I see a lot of them because of the snow on the ground and everything but it lasts a few seconds and they come and go. It will be ok.

  • youlia26347 youlia26347 manal02980

    Hi Manal02980 : Do not worry about it too much stress will make it worse. first you should go to your doctor and get 2 opinion's to see what exactly is going on.

    The more relax you are probably they will disappear slowly. my sister used to have them but they disappear. See what the doctor tell you is cause for it.could be that your eyes are too tired from the computer or TV. I wish you all the best and let me know what the doctor said is the cause. Good luck.

  • manal02980 manal02980

    Please everyone tell me how can forget them? 

    I spend all the day thinking about them and analyzing my situation. 

    I keep talking to myself . I keep asking myself is my anxiety the reason behind developing so many floaters ! Is it the doctor who shocked me with my situation especially that I didn't notice them unless once or twice in a week ? 

    I stopped life and keep thinking and crying and watch ing them . They are everywhere ! I can't think of anything else or do anything physically 

    • kim27383 kim27383 manal02980

      Mine come and go. Have you had any testing? Flurosene angiogram to r anything like that? Did they give you an Ansler grid to check your vision? Did you see an optometrist or an opthalmologist because they are different. Sometimes your GP can give you a referral for the latter and they can get you in much faster. I am in the US. Where are you located?

    • manal02980 manal02980 kim27383

      I went to retina specialist. He just look at my eyes after dilation . He said nothing wrong but the jelly substance changed a little bit. I got scared and started looking for them everywhere and day after day they increase and become permanent.

    • kim27383 kim27383 manal02980

      I know how hard it is to know something is happening and not to worry yourself over it. You have to calm down. Tell yourself that it is the vitreous gel and let your mind take that information in. Let your brain comprehend that. It may go away on it's own. Mine may too. Some people with my condition still have normal sight. I keep telling myself that. Remember your brain will end up adjusting. You just have to let it. Easier said that done. I know. Believe me. I've had been having panic attacks over my issues for about a month and now I'm just trying to deal with them one on one. I would try closing your eyes, doing some meditation. Prayer helps as well. Just give yourself time to think that you are ok. I know it may seem silly but it has really worked for me. I also have started taking an anxiety medication in a very low dose and it helps calm me.

    • manal02980 manal02980 kim27383

      I spend Alomost 2 months thinking that I am not normal and that I am going to live a different life . 

      I just can't belive that I am ganna get my normal life back.

      Do you think that the brain has the ability to ignore them even when they are everywhere ? 

  • Pensioner47 Pensioner47 manal02980

    The jelly substance is probably the vitreous. Posterior vitreous detachment (PVD) is apparently a very common condition which apparently does not cause permanent damage and apparently lasts for 3 to 6 months. PVD causes floaters as the vitreous detaches. It is normally accompanied by flashes, at least when it starts. But obviously you need to get more information from your eye doctor, and check your visual acuity etc. Hope it helps. Good luck.

    • manal02980 manal02980 Pensioner47

      Thanks a lot for your time .

      but , I have a question.

      if it lasts only for 3 to 6 months, why do people get stuck with floaters for years ? 

      Hope I can get rid of them as soon as possible 💔or at least my brain can ignore them.

      I will go back to a retina specialist as soon as I can 

      Thanks again 

    • Pensioner47 Pensioner47 manal02980

      The 3 to 6 months is what I was told by the 'vitreo retinal' clinic at Moorfields. I think it applies to the floaters resulting from PVDs. My PVD started two and a half months ago, so I am keeping my fingers crossed. I seem to have the same floaters now that I had a couple of months ago; I think my eye/brain is adapting to them, also my visual acuity is still 6/6 so I am less worried and am simply trying to ignore them and getting on with other things.

    • manal02980 manal02980 Pensioner47

      Doctores here in my country do not about floaters. They keep saying ignore them , how can I ignore them when I spots cover almost all of my vision . Spots are everywhere and I feel I lost my ability to use my eyes. I don't know how to focus on the things I want. 

      Ok so the vitreous takes 3 to 6 months to fully detach ?if it detch fully what happens to the eyes ?  I really need a n eye doctor who understands the difficulty of living with floaters !

  • Lotsofpain Lotsofpain manal02980

    I think in most cases they disappear in a few months as the brain learns to adapt.  The floaters are always there the brain just learns to ignore them.  Obviously there will be a few people who last longer and lots for whom its quite quicker

  • manal02980 manal02980

    Please everyone excuse me I have been struggling with my problem and floaters since 2 months. 

    I am crying all the time 💔💔💔💔 

    I feel like I am losing my life, my husband, my child , my job . 

    I literally stopped living

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