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What's the cause of eye floaters?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 01, 2012 at 6:38 PM

I thought I got rid of my eye floaters, but when I don't eat for a long time I tend to get them again. I don't understand what the cause could be. What's the cause of eye floaters?

82b2aff892ca37c7a358f6a219ee4b5a

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on April 03, 2012
at 01:07 AM

Your salt intake can aid in dehydration, same with HBP. With my experience are factors in why I had floaters. If you dont like the taste of water try adding a little lemon or lime or both!

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

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on April 02, 2012
at 06:46 AM

I have been eating tons of salt lately. And I don't drink a lot of water either...

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

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on April 02, 2012
at 06:44 AM

I'm 20... Guess my telomeres are too long.

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on April 02, 2012
at 04:03 AM

Age is one area in which I have first-hand experience! :O

B124653b19ee9dd438710a38954ed4a3

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on April 01, 2012
at 07:33 PM

From the experts: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3I7_al4mrfg

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on April 01, 2012
at 07:09 PM

That's a possibility but mine was a confirmed, world-record-sized floater. :-))

82b2aff892ca37c7a358f6a219ee4b5a

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on April 01, 2012
at 07:07 PM

The rainbow I had about 2 months ago felt completely blinding and distracting on the top right of both eyes. Doctor related it to low blood sugar/dehydration + exertion... Which does make sense just scared me to death!

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on April 02, 2012
at 12:05 PM

My hubby (44) has had floaters for a few decades. Suddenly had a huge increase in them - it was because his retina was detaching. Had surgery within hours, and had his eyesight saved, thank goodness. Other eye (with just many floaters, but also signs of upcoming problems) will be doing "prophylactic" surgery in the next months.

Please have your eyes checked by a retina specialist if you notice ANYTHING out of the ordinary - immediately. Minutes/hours matter in that case.

Otherwise, floaters can be normal, according to the 3 eye specialists my husband saw.

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0fb8b3d6dcfb279b0f7e050d2d22510f

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on April 02, 2012
at 02:11 AM

comes with age- the one thing that is hard to head off.

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on April 02, 2012
at 04:03 AM

Age is one area in which I have first-hand experience! :O

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

(8938)

on April 02, 2012
at 06:44 AM

I'm 20... Guess my telomeres are too long.

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C4134ed417dbc0a6b79ab2cee32632d3

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on April 01, 2012
at 08:31 PM

Are they definitely floaters? We were looking into the sky at clouds today and when we do this, we get "blue sky sprites".

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue_field_entoptic_phenomenon

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82b2aff892ca37c7a358f6a219ee4b5a

(105)

on April 01, 2012
at 07:06 PM

I have had spots that you cant track and rainbow lines that have completely freaked me out all of which have seamed to relate to lack of hydration + exertion = light headed-ness(which have lead to variations of "floaters"

Have dropped 95% of liquids except for water and vodka, and my floater rate has drop to almost nill!

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

(8938)

on April 02, 2012
at 06:46 AM

I have been eating tons of salt lately. And I don't drink a lot of water either...

82b2aff892ca37c7a358f6a219ee4b5a

(105)

on April 03, 2012
at 01:07 AM

Your salt intake can aid in dehydration, same with HBP. With my experience are factors in why I had floaters. If you dont like the taste of water try adding a little lemon or lime or both!

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9140810eb28b318fb081c1f98c0989c8

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on April 01, 2012
at 06:57 PM

Also, you may be calling them floaters, but actually having vision issues due to low blood pressure. I get that a lot.

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on April 01, 2012
at 07:09 PM

That's a possibility but mine was a confirmed, world-record-sized floater. :-))

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96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on April 01, 2012
at 06:52 PM

I am not a doctor yada, yada, yada.

I once had a spectacular floater that looked like an old-style projector with broken film. You may be too young to have ever seen that. :-))

Anyhow, my opthamologist told me that as long as I didn't see a sparkly "C" shape indicating possible eye damage not to worry.

He said as we age the jelly-like stuff in our eyes gets thinner and tiny fibers are released which clump together--they can become visible as floaters. Our eyes actually shrivel like very-slightly-drying tomatoes.

He was very impressed with the size of my floater and we discussed a possible certificate or trophy. It was actually scary because I was essentially blind in the eye but he said my brain might learn to ignore it--and fortunately within a week it did and I've never seen it or another floater again.

82b2aff892ca37c7a358f6a219ee4b5a

(105)

on April 01, 2012
at 07:07 PM

The rainbow I had about 2 months ago felt completely blinding and distracting on the top right of both eyes. Doctor related it to low blood sugar/dehydration + exertion... Which does make sense just scared me to death!

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