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Eye floaters....what to do?

Discussion in 'Health and wellbeing' started by dumpty, Dec 25, 2018.

  1. dumpty

    dumpty Star commenter

    Had a very bad cough these last days and 2 days ago woke up with these annoying eye floaters, like a spider's web that keeps bouncing up and down my line of vision. (Not sure it is related to the coughing but at times I did see stars due to the force of the coughs!)

    Anyway, what to do? Will they hopefully break up and go? Or should I see a doctor. I think I have had them before but not this bad and not for such a long period.

    The eye in question is still quite watery.

    All advice appreciated.
  2. dunnocks

    dunnocks Star commenter

    ring 111 and ask for advice, I am surprised you said they have come and gone in the past, I think of them as permanent, but yours sound different, if they come and go. Mine haven't changed for decades, just occasionally get a new one. Mostly I am unaware of them and focus past them, unless I am actually looking for them, or very tired.
    Lara mfl 05 likes this.
  3. dumpty

    dumpty Star commenter

    Thanks Dunnocks - I will just get through Christmas and then either call or see my GP as necessary.
    Lara mfl 05 likes this.
  4. dunnocks

    dunnocks Star commenter

    won't do any harm to just ring and ask if it could be something that needs immediate attention
  5. gruoch

    gruoch Occasional commenter

    See your optician on Thursday. May be nothing. Can (rarely) be serious.
  6. serenitypolly41

    serenitypolly41 Occasional commenter

    Have you tried to use eyedrops or an eye wash? Eye floaters can be brought on by stress or straining your eye sight especially in poorly lit or dim areas.
  7. dunnocks

    dunnocks Star commenter

    really??? I don't think so
  8. dumpty

    dumpty Star commenter

    Thanks all - I am going to try and do a walk in eye test at Specsavers tomorrow, or at least get an appointment made. asap. Going through the NHS will take too long, methinks.

    On the subject of eye drops, I am getting lots of suggestions to use organic castor oil eye drops before sleep but otherwise it appears there are 3 options.....wait, they can go away......have the fluid around the eyeball replaced.......have the floaters zapped with a laser. I think the two surgery treatments there are not available on the NHS.

    Thanks all for your advice and help, very much appreciated. If i find out anything new that might help I will let you know.
  9. sparklepig2002

    sparklepig2002 Star commenter

    Go and get your eyes looked at ASAP. You don't want to end up with a detached retina. You can't afford to take changes with your eyes. Any change should be looked at. Better to be safe than sorry. Good luck.
  10. dumpty

    dumpty Star commenter

    Thanks and yes, am booked in tomorrow 10 am with a specialist.
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  11. sparklepig2002

    sparklepig2002 Star commenter

    Well done. Let us know how you get on.
  12. dumpty

    dumpty Star commenter

    Firstly thanks all as you helped me realise this was not something I should delay with. The eye specialist was very thorough as yes, he said sudden eye floaters can be warning signs of a detaching retina - blindness if not caught in time. (Eye drops which dilate the pupil so he can see the retina with a bright light)

    Fortunately I was fine there and all other tests but I do have 'dry eye' and will need some drops. This could be making the floaters appear 'stronger' he said.

    Thanks all.
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