Floaters Driving me Crazy Again

Discussion in 'Optometry Archives' started by Dave, May 20, 2004.

  1. Dave

    Dave Guest

    I have a lot of floaters - not as bad as some people I am sure.

    Some float around my eye all over the place, some float around in a
    distinct area (in fact one I have had since I was a child that is very
    large), some seem attached to the edge of the eye and just kind of

    I think the best treatment for floaters is to forget about them, the
    mind tends to block them out over time, but they sure do bug me and
    since I just went through surgery for retinal tears my mind is not
    doing a good job of forgetting them.

    I am just curious what people think about the risks/benefits of

    a) Having eye drained (viterous fluid) and replaced with water
    b) Protien eater tablets (I tried those and didn't seem to do much)
    c) Laser/Asteriods style blasting
    d) Other methods of ridding of these pests

    My floaters aren't so bad, I can live with them now, but I am worried
    in 10 years my eye will progressively get worse. I am 31.

    d) For people struggling with floaters for a long time, what do they
    notice - more floaters over time - or stable?

    Dave, May 20, 2004
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  2. Dave

    The Real Bev Guest

    I noticed the first one (looks like a piece of knotted string in the
    rough shape of a shrimp) when I was perhaps 40. In the intervening 22
    years a few other smaller ones have shown up, along with one in my other
    eye, but nothing I would consider a flurry. They move around slowly,
    and are only annoying when they settle right in the center for a while.
    If I were religious I would think that god was preparing me for macular
    degeneration, whether out of kindness or malice I would not know :-(

    "Calling someone an asshole for being rude to a telemarketer
    is like accusing someone who's shot a burglar in his home
    of being a poor host." -- W.S.Rowell
    The Real Bev, May 20, 2004
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  3. I don't remember: are you myopic and they treated you with corrective glasses?
    Rishi Giovanni Gatti, May 20, 2004
  4. Dave

    Dave Guest

    Correct - Myopic -5.0 with corrective glasses

    Dave, May 22, 2004
  5. Well.

    Unless you drop your glasses and start to learn how to do without
    them, the floaters will not leave you.

    I speak on my own experience.

    I started to see some floater very small when I was 8 years old and
    was not myopic.

    Then I started to have imperfect sight when I was 13.

    They treated me with glasses, -0.50, after cycloplegic examination.

    In a few years I developed a medium myopia as of -4 concave and -1 cyl
    per each eye.

    I then measured something like -7 at the autorefractometer.

    I put on contact lenses fot that correction.

    The floaters "exploded". I am sure that they were engaged by the
    glasses or contacts.

    I still have them, now that I can see 20/10 in good light without
    glasses, but only once in a while and they disturb me not.

    I remember that in the past, when I knew nothing about the rest
    methods taught by Dr. W.H. Bates, I was so terrified from looking up
    in the sky because of these floaters.

    They really disturbed me very much.

    Now I have learnt how to look at the sun, and the floaters seems to
    have withered away.

    If you want to get freedom from floaters, you first have to discard
    glasses and start the cure of your imperfect sight by the real thing
    that works, which is the Original Bates System

    If you are interested, feel free to write to me privately or visit
    Rishi Giovanni Gatti, May 25, 2004
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