Floaters

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Floaters

Postby ellroy2 » Tue Aug 14, 2007 10:37 pm

I just posted a new thread right before this, but is kind of on a different subject. I was talking to wife and asked her if she sometimes have little black things that move across her eyes. She said no and so I did some research and it sounds like I have some floaters. It is not very noticeable for me. I usually have to close my eyes hard and thien blink and stare at something out of focus to notice them going across my vision real fast. Then they disappear. Is this something I should be be worried about getting ready get Lasik done? Should I bring this up with my doctor before I go in on Thursday? I heard that floaters can get worse after Lasik.
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Postby Britina » Tue Aug 14, 2007 10:39 pm

I had my pre-op a few weeks ago and asked my doctor about them because I had asked my husband and he looked at me like I had 3 heads. lol! I guess he doesn't see them. Anyhoo. The doctor said something about how the eye is shaped for some people they can see little black floaters.

I don't know if it get's better or worse after lasik. Hopefully it will stay the same for me and I won't notice them.
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Postby ellroy2 » Wed Aug 15, 2007 2:55 am

But your doctor didn't indicate that Lasik could worsen it or bring about more?
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Postby Britina » Wed Aug 15, 2007 5:11 am

ellroy2 wrote:But your doctor didn't indicate that Lasik could worsen it or bring about more?


He didn't say but then again I also didn't ask. If your curious though you should bring it up at the appointment on Thursday. I think it's better to be over-informed when it's something as major as your vision.
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Postby bathory313 » Sat Aug 18, 2007 6:52 pm

You know what, ellroy2? You just made me realize........I can't see my floaters anymore! I had 3 in my right eye, and two in my left.....they looked like clear worms floating across my vision.

I was so caught up in dry eye and blur after my LASIK that I just now noticed that I don't see them at all now!

Thanks, buddy!
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Postby LasikExpert » Tue Aug 21, 2007 4:54 am

Floaters are small pieces of the interior of the eye floating in the jelly like vitreous. Floaters are common and normally do not indicate any sort of serious problem, but they can be an early indicator of retina concerns.

People who are very myopic (nearsighted, shortsighted) have a higher risk of retina detachment. If you are over about 8.00 diopters myopic, you should probably be evaluated by a retina specialist before having any elective ocular surgery.

The process of Lasik includes raising the intraocular pressure (IOP). This can stir up floaters and in rare cases cause more. If floaters or an at-risk retina are a concern, you may want to consider PRK or LASEK as an alternative. They do not require an elevation of the IOP.
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