Handling When Suffering From Floaters In The Eye?
These past few months I have often found a floater in my eyes. Initially a little, now seems to add even though not much. At night before going to sleep sometimes I see the flickering light that will disappear in a matter of 1-2 minutes. I have high minus eyes. When should I see my doctor?
Hello Dede, Thank you for the question.
Floaters are black shadows that appear on your field of vision which can be in various shapes (can be dots or in the form of threads) with varying sizes too. Floaters are more clearly seen after the eye sees a light source or sees an object with a white background. A common cause of floaters is aging. Eyeballs contain vitreous fluid that serves to maintain the shape of the eyeball. This liquid has a consistency like springy mucus. As you age, the consistency of this fluid can change and clot so that the retina is captured into a black shadow that moves along with the movement of the eyeball. Apart from age, these complaints can also indicate other conditions such as bleeding in the eye, infection of the vitreous fluid, inflammation of the back of the eye, and retinal detachment.
If you feel that more and more floater, it never hurts to see your eye specialist. It is also recommended that you consult your ophthalmologist immediately if you see your eyes as if they were blinded and see flashes of light. The doctor needs to ask further about your complaints and do a complete eye examination. The aim is that the exact cause of this complaint can be known earlier, whether due to a mild condition or because of a more serious condition. If it is caused by a more serious condition, then proper treatment can be given immediately before the condition gets worse.
In the meantime, please keep your eye health by adjusting the lighting when you are reading. It is also recommended that you adjust the lighting of the electronic devices that you use to stay comfortable. Limit the use of electronic devices and make it a habit to rest your eyes away from these devices to prevent eyestrain.
Hopefully this information helps you.