Permanent floaters in my right eye for 3 years



Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 10/11/2013 - 19:32
United Kingdom
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I was wondering if you could help me out.For the last 3 years, since the Summer of 2009, I woke up one day with a floater in my right eye, at first I thought it was nothing and shrugged it off but with time, I noticed it was permanent, and just in my one eye.

Several months later another small, permanent floater developed in the same eye, but not so big or apparent. 3 years on, and I have been seeing these floaters every single day in this eye, 24/7. The only time I get a break from it, is with the lights on at night. I even see it when I close my eye, floating around in my vision. It's clear white.



I go through times where it isn't so bad, as it stays in my lower vision, but since buying a flat screened computer last week (and having an eye infection the same), they're permanently in my central vision, moving around in the same direction my eye moves in. I am only 20, and have had this since I was 17, and quite frankly, it's ruining my life.

I hate going out these days it's so bad, I just want to sit in a dark room forever. Oh, and I've had 3 eye tests since it started, been to the eye hospital (for another reason) AND had someone look in my eyes last week, they don't give me any explanation and say there's nothing wrong with my eyes.




Thanks for your Question



There are many causes for eye floaters. Some of them are benign, without significant visual complications and require no treatments such as posterior vitreous detachment while other causes can have profound effects on vision and require urgent treatment such as uveitis and retinal detachment.

To differentiate between these causes, complete eye examination is required and since you had these eye floaters for 3 years and you had eye examination for three times and nothing was found so most likely it is a benign condition caused by posterior vitreous detachment. Vitreous is a gel like structure inside your eye that is attached to the inner surface of the retina. For many reasons the vitreous can be detached from the retina.

Detached Vitreous floats freely inside the eye and moves around in the same direction as the eye moves. The only way to treat this condition is to remove this vitreous body from the eye through an invasive intraocular surgery called vitrectomy.

This procedure has many complications and i don't think there is any eye doctor can do this procedure in a normal healthy eye with perfect vision just to get rid of eye floaters. I always advice my patients with eye floaters to have eye exam annually and i think you should do that.