Hi Doctor Hagan, it looks like you answered but the text box is empty except for =?
Thanks for replying, especially at the weekend. I didn't know this is what the equal sign meant.
I certainly have not asked 19 questions about this! I have asked 2.
Aug 9th "does this merit a visit to an opthamologist" and September 13th "floaters seem different". Variations on a theme yes, but the crux of the matter is that floaters are extremely common amongst middle aged people especially myopes. So how does one decide what to do?
I was therefore looking for a protocol to make the decision as to bothering a Doctor and taking up resources, or accepting that a floater is minor and not sinister. The literature is contradictory; some sources say floaters are not a problem, others say any new floater must be treated with suspicion and checked out. Not helpful to a worried patient with an ongoing PVD I think we can agree.
I am prepared to accept no such discrete protocol exists other than anecdotal reporting. I wondered if clinical practice had such a protocol, and if there was a cut off point to decide if a further exam was needed; Clearly there isn't anything as clear cut as this, so fair enough but I certainly didn't ask the same question 19 times!
Hi Richie! It's no wonder you're stressed out. Our vision is precious to us! But try not to stress, knowing that modern medical treatments are there to help if anything serious goes wrong with your eyesight. When my retina detached I actually lost a piece of my vision (the best way I can describe it). It was a black round blob in the corner of my eye - it didn't float or move. When the other eye had a retina tear a few months later I first saw large black wobbly lines (not just tiny floaters). So, you will no doubt instinctively know that your eye needs to be checked out immediately. And, of course, it is always best to have things checked out when you're stressed or concerned.