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Caring for Your Contact Lenses

Following these steps will extend the life of your contact lenses and protect the safety and health of your eyes.

Be sure to care for your contacts.

Keep Lenses Clean

The type of lens you have determines how you care for it. Disposable extended-wear soft lenses need the least care, and conventional soft lenses need extensive care. To avoid vision-threatening complications, you must carefully follow directions for lens care. If you have a hard time following the cleaning steps, tell your eye care professional. You may be able to simplify the steps, or you may want to switch to disposable lenses.

1. Before handling contact lenses, wash and rinse hands. Use a mild non-cosmetic soap. Soaps with perfumes, oils, or lotions leave a film on the hands, which you may transfer to your lenses and cause eye irritation or blurred vision.

2. Dry hands with a clean, lint-free towel.

3. If you use hair spray, use it before you put in your contacts. It’s also a good idea to keep your fingernails short and smooth to avoid damaging your lenses or scratching the eye.

4. After your contacts are in your eyes, put on makeup so you don’t get any on your lenses. Take out contact lenses before you remove makeup for the same reason.

5. Different types of contact lenses require special care and certain types of products. Always use the disinfecting solution, eye drops, and enzymatic cleaners your eye care professional recommended. Some eye products or eye drops are not safe for contact lens wearers.

6. Never use tap water directly on lenses, and never put contact lenses in your mouth to “rinse” them. Microorganisms can live in even distilled water, causing infection or sight damage.

7. Clean each contact by rubbing it gently with your index finger in the palm of your other hand. Most multipurpose solutions don’t have “No Rub” on their labels anymore. Lightly rubbing your contact removes surface buildup.

8. Clean your contact lens case every time you use it with either sterile solution or hot tap water. Let it air dry. Replace the contact lens storage case every three months.

Wear Contacts Safely

Eye care experts currently consider daily disposable lenses the safest soft contact lenses for your eyes. Talk to your eye care professional to determine which may be the best choice for you. Then follow his guidance on care.

1. Each day, wear your contacts only as long as your eye care professional recommended.

2. If you think you’ll have trouble remembering when to change your lenses, ask your eye care professional for a chart to track wearing schedule. If he doesn’t have one, consider creating one on your own.

3. Never wear another person’s contact lenses, especially if someone has already worn them. Using other people’s contact lenses can spread any infection or particles from their eyes to yours.

4. Do not sleep with contact lenses in your eyes unless you are prescribed “extended wear” contacts. Closed eyes don’t allow tears to carry a healthy amount of oxygen to your eyes.

5. Don’t let the tip of solution bottles touch other surfaces, including fingers, eyes, or contact lenses. All of these can contaminate the solution.

6. Wearing contact lenses may cause your eyes to become more sensitive to sunlight. Wear sunglasses with total UV protection or a wide brim hat when in the sun.

7. To keep eyes lubricated, use a re-wetting solution or plain saline solution that your eye doctor has approved.

8. If you accidentally insert contacts inside out, it won’t harm your eyes, but it will be uncomfortable. To avoid this, place a contact lens on the tip of your finger so that it forms a cup. Look at the contact lens from the side. If the cup looks like it is flaring out at the top and has a lip, the contact lens is inside out. If it looks like the letter “U”, the contact lens is right side out.

9. If you develop any eye irritation, remove your contact lenses and don’t use them again until you talk with your eye care professional. Wearing a contaminated pair of lenses invites the infection to stay. When you get back to wearing contacts, closely follow your doctor’s instructions to prevent eye infections.

10. Visit your eye doctor immediately if you have any sudden vision loss, persistent blurred vision, light flashes, eye pain, infection, swelling, unusual redness, or irritation.


Information from WebMD

Common Myths About Your Eyes

We have all been told by someone at some time, “You’ll hurt your eyes if you do that!” But do you really know what is or is not good for your eyes? Test yourself with the following true or false statements and see how much you know about your eyes.

 

“Reading in dim light is harmful to your eyes.”

False. Using your eyes in dim light does not damage them. For centuries, all nighttime reading and sewing was done by candlelight or with gas or kerosene lamps. However, good lighting does make reading easier and can prevent eye fatigue.

 

“Using computers can damage your eyes.”

False. Working on computers or video display terminals (VDTs) will not harm your eyes. Often, when using a VDT for long periods of time, just as when reading or doing other close work, you blink less often than normal. This reduced rate of blinking makes your eyes dry, which may lead to the feeling of eyestrain or fatigue.

Try to take regular breaks to look up or across the room. Looking at objects farther away often relieves the feeling of strain on your eyes. Keep the monitor between 18 to 24 inches from your face and at a slight downward angle. Also consider the use of artificial tears. If your vision blurs or your eyes tire easily, you should have your eyes examined by an ophthalmologist.

 

“Wearing the wrong kind of eyeglasses damages your eyes.”

False. Eyeglasses are devices used to sharpen your vision. Although correct eyeglasses or contacts help you to see clearly, wearing a pair with the wrong lenses, or not wearing glasses at all, will not physically damage your eyes. However, children less than eight years old who need eyeglasses should wear their own prescription to prevent the possibility of developing amblyopia or “lazy eye.”

 

“Children outgrow crossed or misaligned eyes.”

False. Children do not outgrow crossed eyes. A child whose eyes are misaligned may develop poor vision in one eye because the brain will “turn off” or ignore the image from the misaligned or lazy eye. The unused or misaligned eye will not develop good vision unless it is forced to work, usually by patching the stronger eye. An ophthalmologist should examine children who appear to have misaligned eyes. In general, the earlier misaligned eyes are treated, the better. Treatment may include patching, eyeglasses, eye drops, surgery, or a combination of these methods.

 

“Learning disabilities are caused by eye problems.”

False. Difficulties with reading, mathematics, and other learning problems in children are often referred to as learning disabilities. There is no strong evidence that vision problems cause learning disabilities or that eye exercises cure learning problems.

Children with learning difficulties often need help from teachers and people with special training. Before such treatment begins, it is important for the child to have a complete medical eye examination to make certain he or she is seeing as well as possible.

 

“Sitting close to the television can damage children’s eyes.”

False. Children can focus at close distance without eyestrain better than adults. They often develop the habit of holding reading materials close to their eyes or sitting right in front of the television. There is no evidence that this damages their eyes, and the habit usually diminishes as children grow older. Children with nearsightedness (myopia) sometimes sit close to the television in order to see the images more clearly.

 

“Eating carrots improves your vision.”

False. Carrots are rich in vitamin A, which is essential for sight, but many other foods also contain this vitamin. A well-balanced diet, with or without carrots, provides all the vitamin A necessary for good vision.

 

“People with weak eyes should avoid reading fine print.”

False. It is said that people with weak eyes or people who wear glasses will “wear out” their eyes sooner if they read fine print or do a lot of detail work. The concept of the eye as a muscle is incorrect. The eye more closely resembles a camera. A camera will not wear out sooner just because it is used to photograph intricate detail. You can use your eyes without fear of wearing them out.

 

“Wearing eyeglasses will cause you to become dependent on them.”

False. Eyeglasses are used to correct blurry vision. Since clear vision with eyeglasses is preferable to uncorrected vision, you may find that you want to wear your eyeglasses more often. Although it may feel as if you are becoming dependent on your eyeglasses, you are actually just getting used to seeing clearly.

 

“Older people who gain ‘second sight’ may be developing cataracts.”

True. Older individuals who wear reading eyeglasses sometimes find themselves able to read without their eyeglasses and think their eyesight is improving.

The truth is they are becoming more nearsighted, which can be a sign of early cataract development.

 

“A cataract must be ‘ripe’ before it is removed.”

False. With older surgical techniques, it was thought to be safer to remove a cataract when it was “ripe.” With today’s modern surgical procedures, a cataract can be removed whenever it begins to interfere with a person’s lifestyle.

If you are unable to see well enough to do the things you like or need to do, you should consider cataract surgery. Surgery is the only way to remove a cataract.

 

“Contact lenses can prevent nearsightedness from getting worse.”

False. Some people have been led to believe that wearing contact lenses will permanently correct nearsightedness so that eventually they won’t need either contacts or eyeglasses. There is no evidence that wearing contact lenses produces a permanent improvement in vision or prevents nearsightedness from getting worse.

 

“Eyes can be transplanted.”

False. Medical science has no way to transplant whole eyes. Our eyes are connected to the brain by the optic nerve. Much like a fiber optic cable, the optic nerve is made up of more than one million tiny nerve fibers. This nerve cannot be reconnected once it has been severed. Because of this, the eye is never removed from its socket during surgery. The cornea, the clear front part of the eye, has been successfully transplanted for many years. Corneal transplant is sometimes confused with an eye transplant.

 

“All ‘eye doctors’ are the same.”

False. An ophthalmologist is a medical doctor (M.D. or D.O.) with special training to diagnose and treat all diseases of the eye. To become an ophthalmologist requires a minimum of eight years of medical school and hospital training after college. An ophthalmologist is qualified to provide all aspects of eye care, including cataract, laser, and other eye surgery. Optometrists (O.D.) and opticians are other types of eye care professionals. They are trained and licensed to provide some aspects of eye care, but they are not medical doctors and have not attended medical school and residency training. In most states, they cannot prescribe all medications or perform surgery.

 

Notes

“Lazy eye” is often treated by patching the strong eye, forcing the weaker eye to work.

In corneal transplant surgery, a donor cornea (the clear, front part of the eye) replaces a damaged cornea.

http://www.eyecareamerica.org/eyecare/tmp/eye-care-facts-and-myths.cfm

 

Eyeglasses or Contact Lenses?

Whether you choose to wear eyeglasses or contact lenses for vision correction mostly depends on personal preferences. Lifestyle, comfort, convenience, budget and aesthetics should all factor into your decision-making process.

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Before deciding between eye glasses or contact lenses, keep in mind that one is not necessarily better than the other; each has its pros and cons in terms of vision, ease of use and eye health.

Eyeglasses offer many benefits over contact lenses. They require very little cleaning and maintenance, you don’t need to touch your eyes to wear them (decreasing your risk for eye infections), and glasses are cheaper than contact lenses in the long run since they don’t need to be replaced as often. Glasses also can act as an extension of your personality and make a great fashion statement!

That being said, contact lenses have many advantages over glasses. Contacts sit directly on your eye, so vision, particularly peripheral vision, is unobstructed. You can participate in sports and outdoor activities without fear of eyeglasses getting in the way, falling off or breaking. You can even change the color of your eyes with color contact lenses.

So which are better for your particular needs and lifestyle — glasses or contacts? Follow this link to find a breakdown of the advantages and disadvantages of each type of eyewear to help you choose.

 

http://www.allaboutvision.com/contacts/faq/contacts-vs-glasses.htm

What is Astigmatism, and What Causes it?

A large number of people suffer from astigmatism, but many don’t really know what astigmatism is, or what causes it. Read on to learn more about astigmatism.

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by Christian Nordqvist

Astigmatism is an eye condition with blurred vision as its main symptom. The front surface of the eye (cornea) of a person with astigmatism is not curved properly – the curve is irregular – usually one half is flatter than the other – sometimes one area is steeper than it should be.

When light rays enter the eye they do not focus correctly on the retina, resulting in a blurred image. An irregularly shaped lens may also cause astigmatism, which is located behind the cornea.

Astigmatism may occur in children and adults; it is fairly common and is not contagious. It is usually congenital – is present at birth – but can develop after an eye operation or an injury to the eye. It belongs to a group of eye conditions called refractive errors. Myopia (short-sightedness), hypermetropia (long-sightedness) and presbyopia (aging of the lens in the eye) are types of refractive errors.

A refractive error means that the shape of the eye does not bend light properly, resulting in a blurred image. Light has to be bent (refracted) by the lens and the cornea correctly before it reaches the retina in order to see things clearly.

About half of all adults in the USA aged 20 and older have refraction errors in their eyes, a study carried out by researchers at the National Eye Institute revealed.

The two most common types of astigmatism are:

  • Corneal astigmatism – the cornea has an irregular shape
  • Lenticular astigmatism – the lens has an irregular shape

What causes astigmatism?

Corneal astigmatism

The cornea is a clear (transparent) layer of tissue that covers the front of the eye. As well as transmitting and focusing light into the eye, it protects the eye from infection and damage. The cornea needs to have a perfect curve in order to bend (refract) light properly as it goes into the eye.

If the cornea does not curve perfectly – if one half is flatter or steeper than the other – the light that hits it will not refract properly and the retina at the back of the eye will receive an imperfect image. The person will have blurred vision from that eye – astigmatism.

People with astigmatism commonly have an oblong-shaped (oval-shaped) cornea rather than a perfect sphere shape. A ping-pong ball is a perfect sphere, while an American football or a rugby ball has an oblong shape. If the cornea’s curve is like an oblong the light rays will focus on two points in the retina, rather than just one.

Experts are not sure why some people are born with a cornea that does not curve properly. Some studies indicate a baby has a higher risk of having astigmatism if one or both of the parents have it.

A higher percentage of babies born prematurely, as well as those born with a low bodyweight have astigmatism, compared to other babies. Certain types of surgery or eye injuries that cause scarring of the cornea may cause astigmatism. Keratoconus, a degenerative disorder of the eye where the cornea gradually thins and changes to a more conical shape, can also cause astigmatism.

Lenticular astigmatism

The problem is similar to corneal astigmatism, but exists in the lens rather than the cornea. The lens has variations in its curvature, rather than having a perfect curve, causing images to reach the back of the eye (retina) imperfectly. Most patients with lenticular astigmatism have a normally shaped cornea – the defect is only in the curvature of the lens.

People with diabetes commonly develop lenticular astigmatism because high blood sugar levels can cause the lens to change shape. The process usually develops slowly and is generally detected when the patient starts receiving treatment for the diabetes. When diabetes is controlled through treatment and blood sugar returns to more normal levels the lens’ shape will also return to normal – many patients will notice the return as hypermetropia (long-sightedness). It is advisable for patients who start diabetes treatment to wait at least one month for the lens to settle down before being measured for glasses.

What are the symptoms of astigmatism?

  • Blurred or distorted vision at all distances.
  • Photophobia – sensitivity to light.
  • Headaches.
  • Excessive squinting.
  • The person is constantly closing his/her eyes.
  • Eye strain – occurs more often when the eye has to focus for long periods, as in reading from paper or a computer monitor.

How is astigmatism diagnosed?

The ophthalmologist, optometrist, or orthoptist may use the following tools to examine the eyes:

  • Visual acuity test – this involves reading letters on a chart. The letters become progressively smaller on each line.
  • Astigmatic dial – this is a chart showing a series of lines, which make up a semi-circle. People with perfect vision will see the lines clearly, while those with astigmatism will see some more clearly than others.
  • Keratometer – also known as an ophthalmometer. This device measures the reflected light from the surface of the cornea. It measures the radius of the curvature of the cornea and can assess the degree of abnormal curvature of the cornea.
  • Keratoscope – also known as Placido’s disk – this device is marked with lines or circles and observes corneal reflex. It uses light to project rings on the cornea. By measuring the spacing between the rings it calculates the variations of curvature, which in turn calculates the degree of astigmatism. A videokeratoscope is a keratoscope fitted with a video.

The importance of regular eye tests

Astigmatism is very common – experts say most of us are born with a degree of astigmatism. Most children who are born with astigmatism will not realize they have it until they have an eye test. Reading and concentrating at school may be affected if a child has undiagnosed astigmatism. Therefore, regular eye tests are important.

In the UK babies have an eye test soon after they are born. They have a follow-up test about six weeks later. Doctors recommend that children receive a comprehensive eye test when they are four years old; and then every year up to the age of 16. Adults should have an eye test every couple of years.

What are the treatments for astigmatism?

If the astigmatism is very mild the health care professional will suggest no treatment at all.

Corrective lenses

Corrective lenses bend the income light rays in a way that compensates for the error caused by faulty refraction so that images are properly received onto the retina. Whether the corrective lenses are in glasses, or contact lenses is up to the patient – they are equally effective. Experts say children can wear contact lenses as long as they are careful about using them properly. This includes not wearing them for too long and cleaning them properly. This may be difficult to achieve if the child is under the age of twelve. People of any age who use contact lenses need to be aware of good lens hygiene. Otherwise there is a significant risk of eye infection.

There are three types of contact lenses:

  • Rigid contact lenses.
  • Gas permeable contact lenses.
  • Soft contact lenses.

Rigid contact lenses

These are usually made of a combination of glass and plastic. The eye is more likely to produce new blood vessels which may eventually affect vision. This happens because rigid contact lenses stop oxygen from getting into the eye, so it produces new blood vessels which feed oxygen into those areas which had a drop in oxygen supply caused by the lens.

Gas permeable contact lenses (oxygen permeable contact lenses)

These use polymers; a type of plastic. Polymers are permeable – they do not stop oxygen from getting into the eye – and prevent the risk of new blood vessels appearing in the eye and obscuring vision.

Soft contact lenses

These are made of hydrogel, a combination of water and polymer. Soft lenses also allow oxygen to move through the lens and into the eye. The water in them lets the oxygen through, not the plastic. As the water soon evaporates soft lenses can only be worn for one day, and then discarded. Soft lenses made of silicone gel may be worn for longer.

Laser eye surgery

Photorefractive keratectomy (PRK)

Some of the outer protective layer of the cornea is removed. An excimer laser changes the shape of the cornea by removing tissue. When the cornea heals it usually has a more even and spherical curve. This procedure can be moderately to very painful. It can take up to one month for vision to recover. An excimer laser is a laser device that does not produce heat.

LASEK (Laser epithelial keratomileusis)

Alcohol is used to loosen the surface of the cornea, which is then removed – a much thinner layer is affected, making the eye less vulnerable to damage or injury, compared to PRK. A laser is then used to change the shape of the cornea. The cornea is then placed back. LASEK may be a better option for a patient whose cornea is thin. This procedure is usually less painful than PRK, but slightly more painful than LASIK, and can take up to one week for vision to recover.

Laser in situ keratectomy (LASIK)

The doctor uses a device called a keratome to make a thin, round hinged cut into the cornea. This can also be done using a special cutting laser. The flap is then lifted and an excimer laser sculpts the shape of the cornea under the flap. LASIK causes less pain than the other procedures, and the patient will recover his/her vision within a few days. Hence, LASIK is usually the preferred laser treatment option. Even so, vision won’t completely stabilize for about one month.

A review of LASIK carried out by the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery found an overall patient satisfaction rate of 95.4%.

LASEK and PRK are better procedures than LASIK if the cornea is thin.

Laser eye surgery is not suitable if:

  • The patient is under the age of 21 – The structures of the eyes of people under 21 are still changing and should not be altered. The minimum age in different countries varies from 21 to 18.
  • Vision is still changing – the vision of some older people may still be changing. Experts say that a person’s vision should be stable for at least three years before undergoing laser surgery.
  • Patients with diabetes – in some cases laser surgery may worsen abnormalities in the eye caused by diabetes.
  • Pregnant or breastfeeding mothers – during pregnancy and breastfeeding hormone fluctuations still exist within the eye, making it more difficult to carry out surgery accurately.
  • People with some immune conditions – people with rheumatoid arthritislupus, or HIV, for example, may find it harder to recover after surgery.
  • People with other existing eye conditions – people other eye conditions will need to have those treated first, before becoming eligible candidates for laser eye surgery. Examples are cataracts and glaucoma.
  • People taking certain medications – if the patient is taking medications, such as Accutane or oral prednisone, he/she should not undergo laser eye surgery.

What are the risks of laser surgery?

  •  Correction error – the surgeon may have taken out the wrong amount of tissue and the patient’s vision worsens.
  • Epithelial in-growth – the surface of the cornea starts growing into the cornea itself. This can cause vision problems and may need further surgery.
  •  Ectasia – the cornea becomes too thin. This can result in worse vision. Sometimes the deterioration of vision may be severe.
  • Keratitis – the cornea becomes infected.

In most countries the risk of complications from laser eye surgery is very small. It depends on how experienced the surgeon is, and how accurately the patient was assessed beforehand. According to the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence, UK, the risks of complications in the UK for LASIK surgery are as follows:

  • Correction error – 0.6% chance
  • Epithelial in-growth – 1.3% chance
  • Ectasia – 0.2% chance
  • Keratitis – 0.16% chance

Patients should ask the surgeon about his/her experience with the procedure, success rates, what equipment is going to be used, and what follow-up program there is.

Sources: National Health Service (NHS), UK, The Mayo Clinic, Wikipedia, HHS (Department of Health and Human Services USA), NIH (National Institutes of Health, USA).

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/158810.php

What Causes “Eye Floaters”

For those who’ve never experienced this phenomenon, eye floaters are little oddly shaped objects that appear in your vision, often when one looks at bright light such as a blue sky.  Their shapes vary greatly, but will often appear as spots, cobwebs, or randomly shaped stringy objects.  These are not optical illusions, but rather something your eyes are actually perceiving.  There are a few different things that can cause this, but in most cases these eye floaters are caused by pieces of the gel-like vitreous breaking off from the back portion of your eye and then floating about in your eye ball.

The vitreous humor, or often just “vitreous”, is a clear gel that fills the gap between your retina and lens, helping maintain the round shape of your eye in the process.  This gel is about 99% water and 1% other elements; the latter of which consists mostly of a network of hyaluronic acid and collagen.  Hyaluronic acid ends up retaining water molecules.  Over time though, this network breaks down which results in the hyaluronic acid releasing its trapped water molecules.  When this happens, it forms a watery core in your vitreous body.

As you age then, pieces of the still gel-like collagen/hyaluronic acid network will break off and float around in this watery center.  When light passes through this area, it creates a shadow on your retina.  This shadow is actually what you are seeing when you see the eye floaters.

Children and teenagers almost never experience these types of eye floaters as there must first be some deterioration of the gel-like substance in their eye, creating the watery core, for these floaters to appear.  However, they do still sometimes experience a certain type of eye floater that often appears more like a crystallized web across their vision.  These floaters aren’t found in the vitreous humor like the above floaters.  Instead, they are found in the Premacular Bursa area, right on top of the retina.  These floaters are microscopic in size and only appear as big as they do because of their proximity to the retina.  Unfortunately, their microscopic nature makes them almost impossible to treat in most cases.

Bonus Facts:

  • Interestingly, if the eye floaters would just stay still instead of floating around, your brain would automatically tune them out and you’d never consciously see them.  Your brain does this all the time with things both in and outside of your eyes.  One example of this inside your eye are blood vessels in the eye which obstruct light; because they are fixed in location, relative to the retina, your brain tunes them out completely and you don’t consciously perceive them.
  • The reason you can see floaters better when looking at, for instance, a bright blue sky, is because your pupils contract to a very small size, thus reducing the aperture, which in turn makes floaters more apparent and focused.
  • Individual floaters often won’t change much throughout your lifetime, typically retaining their basic shape and size.
  • The perception of eye floaters is known as myodesopsia.
  • The reason the floating specs never seem to stay still is because floaters, being suspended in the vitreous humor, move when your eye moves.  So as you try to look at them, they will appear to drift with your eye movement.
  • Eye floaters are examples of entopic phenomena.  Entopic phenomena are things we see where the source is within the eye itself.
  • If you ever see a ton of floaters appear out of nowhere, possibly with some light flashes, you should get to an eye doctor immediately.  There is a chance (1 in 7) that your retina is about to detach from the back of your eye.  If that happens, you have very little time to get it fixed before it effectively dies and you go blind from that eye.
  • Floaters can damage the retina by tugging on it, sometimes producing a tear.  When a tear happens, vitreous can invade the opening in the tear, which will ultimately widen the gap and in 50% of these cases will result in the retina eventually becoming fully detached if not repaired via surgery.
  • “Light flashes” not caused by actual light, also known as photopsia, will often occur when the photoreceptors in the retina receive stimulation from being touched or from being torn.  This produces an electrical impulse to your brain, which your brain more or less interprets as a light flash.  This physical stimulation is often caused when traction is being applied while the vitreous detachment is taking place.  The flashes should subside when the vitreous finally detaches.
  • These flashes will also often temporarily occur when you get a sharp blow to the head.  The sudden jarring causes pressure on the retina; this in turn creates an electrical impulse to the brain which the brain interprets as a flash.
  • Yet another potential cause of these flashes is with migraine headaches, usually caused by a spasm of blood vessels in the brain.  In this case, you will experience the flashes in both eyes at the same time, often followed by an extreme headache, though this doesn’t necessarily have to follow with a headache.  Basically, if you are experiencing these flashes in both eyes at the same time, it is likely caused by either severe head trauma, which resulted in damage to both of your retinas, or more likely by some form of ophthalmic migraine.
  • About 50% of all people will have a vitreous detachment by the time they turn 80.
  • If you have had a vitreous detachment and you’ve experienced light flashes with that, you have about a 15% chance of developing a retinal tear.  From there, you have about a 50% chance of having your retina eventually become fully detached from the back of your eye.
  • Nearsighted people have a much higher chance of experiencing vitreous detachments due to their often elongated eye shape.
  • Surgeries do exist for getting rid of eye floaters, if they seriously hamper your vision.  This is typically done by replacing the gel-like substance in your eye with a saline liquid.
  • When your retina is in the process of detaching, you will often see small dots all over the place.  What is happening here is that blood is being leaked into the vitreous and those dots are your visual perception of that blood in your eye.

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