Hello all, this is my first question on MedHelp. I hope that this community might help me understand my problem better and the following post is quite a long one. I'm a 17 yr old from Bangalore, India. For the past 2-3 months I've been troubled by eye floaters. Let me explain everything from the time I got them.
Flashback to March of this year (2018), where I vaguely remember that an eyelash or two, each fell into both of the white parts of the eye. First time it happened, I flushed my eyes with water. I wasn't convinced that I was successful in removing the eyelash or not. So the next time it happened, I gently removed the eyelash from the down part of the white of the eye, and then washed my eye again. A few days later, my eye became red a few times (once near the black part of the eye), and one instance I remember, red eye streaks appeared in my left and right eye where it irritated me for quite a few min, which there wasn't before, and now those streaks are there permanently. (I wasn't sure if the above has any relation with eye floaters onset, but wanted to tell it anyway)
By the first week of April, I had two eye floaters in my left eye (let's call them floater A and floater B). They didn't trouble me much, so I didn't bother. Gradually, these floaters that were there, became more distinct. Now one of these floaters, floater A, had a brownish black dot and a cluster of floaters around it and it is present on the left upper corner of my vision field. It was the only one which irritated me at that time. I went to an ophthalmologist in April, and he told me there was no cause of concern, and he did a lamp test on my eye and said there was no problem with my eyes.
Fast forward to May of this year (2018), and my floaters have increased in my left eye and some transparent ones (ones which you only see under sunlight) have appeared in my right eye as well. Although the floaters in the right eye don't bother me that much as the ones in the left. By the end of May, the floater B has become distinct as well with the two brownish black spots and a cluster of stringy floaters around it, which is situated in the left lower corner of the vision field. By the end of May, I visited another ophthalmologist, who again said that I had no problem with my eyes, that these floaters could be ignored. I was okay with the solution of ignoring them at that time.
By June (right now), these floaters have increased in number, from what they were before. Floater B has become more distinct. And a couple of floaters have appeared as well, with some long ones, a few small clusters, black dots, and the floaters A and B have become more distinct and irritating. I visited two more ophthalmologists, one of them who told me I had a very slight case of dry eye in my right eye (which had no major floaters), so prescribed me eye drops (Sodium Hyaluronate and some sort of eye liner cream that I had to apply on the eyelashes, and also told me to soak a towel in moderately hot water and gently apply it on my eyes) and the other ophthalmologist, told me there was no cause of worry or concern.
I have about 20 floaters now (if I really concentrate on a white background. Otherwise, I observe 3-4 only (The ones with dark brownish spots)). I guess. I did my vision test a couple of times, and I have no problem with vision and I've never worn glasses. Sometimes, I had eye pain, around the eye, with slight headaches. I also do have black spots in the white part of my eye (which have appeared recently or I've noticed them only very recently, but the latter feels implausible), so these black spots have something to do with my eye problems.
My vision isn't blurred or anything, and I've had no cloudy vision field. I also have a lot of eye sensitivity, especially in the mornings, which gradually reduces once I'm outside for quite a while, and none in the evenings or in the night. Also whenever I look at the sky, I see shimmers of light continuously moving. Sometimes I see after images (black when not blinking, but you can see them when you blink your eyes) of some object that isn't there, or sometimes when I see a bright source of light and after image of that source. Its not lightning streaks or flashes or whatever, like how they're described, but they last for around 2-3 minutes before disappearing or sometimes a few seconds.
Although all the ophthalmologists I've visited told me that I shouldn't worry, I believe I have some sort of issue or whatever, since I believe that at my age I really shouldn't observe floaters like I am, and floaters increasing in months (so imagine what would happen in years). And again clarifying, I do have transparent and non transparent floaters (brown-black dots), whereas the transparent ones don't appear most of the time, the non-transparent ones are impossible for me to ignore, as they keep floating in my field of vision and I have to keep rolling my eyes to move them. To all doctors, ophthalmologists and also the people who're suffering similar problems, could you give me a diagnosis based on the above, as to why I do have floaters at all? I had clear vision until the end of March, beginning of April this year.
I couldn't explain this much to all of the ophthalmologists I've met, only briefly, but here I can. Also, are there remedies I can use to reduce the onset of new floaters and make them less noticeable? I really want to know. I have to start college in around 2 months, and I do not want these floaters and eye problems to affect my studies. So please help me.