Hey, I'm Carl and I'm 16. Around 3 weeks ago while I waas sitting my first GCSE exam i noticed something in my left eye, and now realise that it's a floater. There's only one and it's only in one eye (i think), but should I be worried that I've got it at such a young age, will I get more and will they be a condition for the rest of my life? Thanks a lot.
To early to tell about your floater. Most likely your vitreous isn't breaking down (syneresis) as you're only 16. If you notice anymore floaters I'd have an ophthalmologist check your eyes to be sure there isn't a retinal tear or other issue that can result in floaters (such floaters are made of blood and will dissolve over time).
How big is your floater? Is it suspended? Can you see a shape or is it blurred?
Hi Larry! If I focus really well on it against a plain white surface it only looks small, it's not a web, string etc. However when I'm generally looking around it seems quite big. It's not suspended, as I can follow it around my eye, and it's blurred. Thanks for your help so far.
Try looking up at a bright sky and see if you find any smaller ones floating around nearby that normally you wouldn't notice. As your floater is blurred, it probably isn't close to the retina. Does it ever fall out of sight (beyond your scope of vision), or does it always stay in your visual range? I'm only asking in an attempt to compare your floater to mine.
I can't notice any smaller floaters in my eye when looking up at the sky, just that single same one. Yes, it does fall out of my sight, and I'm sure that sometimes I can see it float quickly past my scope of vision (however this is probably just be my imagination). It's inevitably more noticable in strong daylight, and as far as I can tell I haved no others. Will it fade over time, and if so around how long until it does? I'll try making an oppointment with an optician this week.
In my experience, and that which I read from others, your floater will bother you the most the first month you have it. In about 6 months you will be about as accustomed to it as you're ever going to get. Will it fade? Most likely if you have it for several months it won't. Mine did change 16 months after they first appeared, and the best way I can describe it is they became somewhat transparent.
I'm no doctor, just passing along my knowledge of floaters. I would however recommend you see an ophthalmologist, as an optician is basically a dispenser of prescription eyeglasses. The ophthalmologist can also detect any other problems with your eyes.
I wish they were an easy solution to floaters, but unfortunately there currently isn't one. Try not to let it bother you to much. If down to road you feel you must do something you could consider a vitrectomy to remove the vitreous.