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Old 09-08-2012, 06:18 AM
 
Location: New Jersey
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actually, no. Since what the floaters are in the first place is dried-up vitreous fluid in the eye.

I have a few and the the only time they really bother me is if i'm looking at a bright, solid, single-colored surface, like a white wall or maybe on a white page while reading. But i find that wearing sunglasses--which i always do outdoors, anyway--helps. As does wearing reading glasses.
My optometrist told me that there's nothin gto be done for them, but sometimes they will sink to the bottom of your eye and not be so noticeable.
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Old 09-08-2012, 06:23 AM
 
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Has anyone ever experienced or had floaters?
Yes..floaters are quite common and I think as a person gets older they get more annoying. I have them and sometimes they are these silver shooting things that zoom across my eyes. I close my eyes for a few minutes when they get out of control and they will disappear.

Try these things....take Fish Oil vitamins. They keep your eyes moist and lessend the episodes of floaters driving you nuts. Keep your eyes moist. Use Similasin natural eye drops for dry eyes, this also helps. Make sure you keep regular eye doctor appointments and be sure he knows that you are having issues with floaters.

In the meantime...relax, I think they get worse when we are stressed. I know, they can make you nutz. Good Luck
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Old 09-08-2012, 07:16 AM
 
Location: Earth Wanderer, longing for the stars.
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Well I hope mine get better b/c I have so many big new ones from that last scare that they are literally obscuring my vision. I don't have glaucoma or macular degeneration though--that's something to be glad about.
An eye doctor, a long time ago, told me that there was some test which showed some benefits in taking vitamin B supplements to help get rid of them, with I believe, a stronger dose of B12. Maybe you could try to research that. I have a problem, getting stomach cramps from taking B supplements, so I did not do this.

You might want to research this. Also, you probably know that to absorb one B vitamin requires the presence of the others.
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Old 09-08-2012, 09:01 PM
 
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A friend of mine called tonight and we discussed this. She told me she had the same issues and hers just disappeared. Is that possible in time they will~? Is this something inheirted~? I don't recall my parents having them.
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Old 09-08-2012, 10:37 PM
 
Location: St. Louis
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An eye doctor, a long time ago, told me that there was some test which showed some benefits in taking vitamin B supplements to help get rid of them, with I believe, a stronger dose of B12. Maybe you could try to research that. I have a problem, getting stomach cramps from taking B supplements, so I did not do this.

You might want to research this. Also, you probably know that to absorb one B vitamin requires the presence of the others.
Funny you mention that b/c I used to be really faithful about taking all of them but kind of got away from it and just today I was thinking I need to get back on my vitamins, esp since I have a couple of relatives whom I suspect had dementia due to B-12 deficiency.
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Old 09-09-2012, 04:27 PM
 
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Funny you mention that b/c I used to be really faithful about taking all of them but kind of got away from it and just today I was thinking I need to get back on my vitamins, esp since I have a couple of relatives whom I suspect had dementia due to B-12 deficiency.
Good. Maybe your body is telling you something.
That was an ophthalmologist who told me about the vitamin.
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Old 09-09-2012, 04:29 PM
 
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A friend of mine called tonight and we discussed this. She told me she had the same issues and hers just disappeared. Is that possible in time they will~? Is this something inherited~? I don't recall my parents having them.
Mine disappeared. No, my parents never mentioned them, either. I wonder if there is some strange thing in the environment that we were exposed to at a certain age that our parents were not.
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Old 09-10-2012, 04:47 PM
 
Location: St. Louis
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Mine disappeared. No, my parents never mentioned them, either. I wonder if there is some strange thing in the environment that we were exposed to at a certain age that our parents were not.
My opth told me that they have gotten an extra lot of calls this summer and they think the hot weather was a factor. Lots of reports of dry eyes and I have that too so I'm using the similisan, which seems to be helping.
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Old 09-10-2012, 05:09 PM
 
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I recall a few floaters as far back as high school.
I had a huge one develop a couple of years ago when I was 59, and it made me nervous.
I had an eye exam and she told me not to worry, there were no problems with my eyes, and that the floater will shrink with time, and it has. It's still mildly annoying now and then, because it was so big, and because it likes to float over right in the middle of my eye. If I rub my eyes, or quickly glance from side to side a few times, I can get it to float aside.
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Old 09-11-2012, 09:29 PM
 
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I found something in the health food store here that is suppose to help floaters. So far, I haven't had many of them today. Perhaps it is helping. Have any of you all tried such stuff~?
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