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MJSeals August 19th, 2015 1:12pm

Have you ever been haunted by the mysterious floaty in your eye that always goes away from the center of your pupil when you try to look at it, but seems to appear whenever you need to focus on something else?

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elianastar FreeSpeech
08/24/15 1:41 pm

Previews to a potential torn retina. Get doctor exam sooner rather than later so it can be tracked.

elianastar FreeSpeech
08/24/15 1:42 pm

If you see what appears to be "curtain coming down" blackness or flashing colored lights, get to Opthamalogist or ER within 2 hrs - max - to have hope of saving vision in that eye.

Most common in ppl w/really bad nearsighted vision &/or head injury.

elianastar FreeSpeech
08/24/15 1:43 pm

The "curtain" can move from top, from bottom, or any side, depending on how the retina is tearing away. The *faster* you get to eye surgeon the better to save vision.

ihelp2see new england
08/23/15 10:50 am

New floaters with or without flashes should be evaluated by an eye doctor (optometrist or ophthalmologist)

crazyjane New Jersey
08/19/15 10:44 pm

Floaters. I have 2. They are cool because for me they aren't debilitating. I see them only on occasion (like looking out plane windows)

Handstand .
08/19/15 9:32 pm

Ha, I thought it was just me.

ronderman North Carolina
08/19/15 1:19 pm

I noticed one this morning and thought: "I should write a poll about that."

MJSeals J.D.
08/19/15 1:31 pm

😅 great minds right?

catpillow Florida West Coast
08/19/15 12:38 pm

Floaters is the correct term. As a rule of thumb, your age is equal to the probability that you will have them. They are quite annoying. Sadly, any attempt to surgically remove them would be more likely to create more of them.

catpillow Florida West Coast
08/19/15 12:39 pm

I have a totally annoying one in my left eye.

catpillow Florida West Coast
08/19/15 12:43 pm

A more in-depth description is found here:

catpillow Florida West Coast
08/19/15 12:45 pm

If you ever suddenly notice a whole bunch of them at once, dark or as sparkling or flashing lights, get to an ophthalmologist/retina specialist asap.

Captainbstring Biden is a Clown
08/19/15 12:24 pm

See an eye doctor! You may have an infection!

cornybread The Large Malus Fruit
08/19/15 11:12 am

I've been getting them in the past year, and I'm not sure if it's my eyes or the kind of contacts I'm using.

BamaGirl ROLL TIDE from Arizona
08/19/15 10:50 am

No. Mom was. It was her diabetic retinopathy. If it persists, you should have it looked at. I have had the occasional random clear floaty, but it goes as quickly as it comes.

Brandon1995 San Francisco
08/19/15 8:12 am

Yup. I hate those things. Those floaters are trying to annoy me on purpose.

FIAT2LUX On Planet Earth
08/19/15 8:01 am

I call them floaters. They are usually just pieces of junk that haven't been filtered out of your retina yet. Totally normal and benign. But if you have a lot or a huge one, you need to see a doctor, because it could be something more serious.

Rainey 633 Stag Trail Road
08/19/15 7:32 am

Oh squiggly line in my eye fluid.
I see you lurking there on the periphery of my vision.
But when I try to look at you, you scurry away.
Are you shy, squiggly line?
Why only when I ignore you, do you return to the center of my eye?

08/19/15 7:17 am

I've got one but my eye doc said it's normal. Super annoying!

TopsQueen Oregon Coast
08/19/15 6:19 am

Long time they are normal. But if you get a lot of them you need to see a doctor.

Ru12bseen Ignoring the Ignorant
08/19/15 6:23 am

There's a medical explanation of what they are.

MJSeals J.D.
08/19/15 6:30 am

It just happened right as I'm beginning to look at an excel spreadsheet that is 15,000 lines long.

Last time it made an appearance was a few weeks ago when I tried reading a book I really wanted to read.

TopsQueen Oregon Coast
08/19/15 7:49 am

I am legally blind. My retinas are so thin I could go blind suddenly. So if I get a lot of floaters I need to get to the ER.

MJSeals J.D.
08/19/15 8:29 am

Yikes...sorry Tops 😁

TopsQueen Oregon Coast
08/19/15 8:57 am

I can see just fine with glasses and I can see 3 inches from my nose really will.