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Eye floaters making me a crazy woman - please help!

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Ladybird28 Sun 24-Apr-16 14:12:58

Hi ladies,
I know this has been posted about numerous times and I have had a good read of the other threads.
I just feel like I'm in a situation all of my own here
I've had eye floaters for about a month now, they came out of nowhere pretty much and my optician has told me "ignore them and live with them" which sounds like the standard advice.
Can someone please tell me how it is possible to ignore numerous pieces of debris that float in your vision 24/7? Or am I missing the point here?
Obviously looking at blank surfaces and being in bright environments make it ten times worse but they are visible at all times... Apart from at bed time when the lights go out - bliss!!
Seriously though, they're beginning to wear me down. I'm only 28 and I want to be able to see properly again

Madlizzy Sun 24-Apr-16 14:17:48

It just takes time. Your brain will learn to ignore them.

NicknameUsed Sun 24-Apr-16 14:18:20

I have had floaters for many, many years. You do just get used to them. Honestly.

DPotter Sun 24-Apr-16 14:29:46

You do get used to them - honest. A month is very early days. You will be able to see absolutely fine with them. The brain just gets accustomed to things - its called habituation I think, but it needs a bit of time and patience. Hang on it there!

Ladybird28 Sun 24-Apr-16 18:30:45

I'll have to read these when I'm having a crappy day!

scaryteacher Mon 25-Apr-16 22:52:52

My sil has them and hers are actually an auto immune condition called uveitis. Check out the Moorfields website.

AuditAngel Mon 25-Apr-16 22:56:47

I have had them since I was a young child. Both DS and DD1 have them.

Interesting to hear that they are an auto immune disease. I didn't know that, but it makes perfect sense. I gave pernicious anaemia and Psorasis and suspect that I have developed arthritis (family history)

amarmai Wed 27-Apr-16 14:04:35

sun glasses help me.

RoobyTuesday Wed 27-Apr-16 18:04:20

Sometimes having dry eyes can make them worse - try some over the counter eye drops that are oil based and see if this helps. Being tired also makes mine worse so try and get a good nights sleep. Trouble is once you've noticed them it takes ages to be able to ignore them!

SouthDownsSunshine Wed 27-Apr-16 18:21:48

I got mine early as well. Right pain in the arse. BUT, I rarely notice them now. Sunglasses do help when outside in bright sunshine.

You may get more (sorry). Every now and

IDontSayBlahBlahBlah Wed 27-Apr-16 18:28:27

I have them too and so understand your pain! I am extremely short sighted and am more susceptible to Retinal detachment so get very scared when I "notice" them but they "disappear" again after a while.

Sorry no proper advice!

NotQuiteJustYet Sat 30-Apr-16 00:09:13

I have had one in my right eye for as long as I can remember, I remember as a child I used to spend hours chasing it round the room. Honestly most of the time I forget it even exists anymore now even though it's quite large, occasionally I notice it in my field of vision but it disappears again. You really do get used to them smile

Brittanyshere123 Sun 24-Jul-16 22:38:01

Anyone still keeping up with this? OP, I feel your pain! I'm only 20 years old, relatively healthy, and my floaters came out of the blue about 2 months ago. I'm a hypochondriac, so I always think it's something worse than it is, and my OCD tendencies cause me to check on every surface to see if I can see them. It's truly exhausting and ridiculous. If you would like to chat more, feel free to let me know and perhaps we can email or something! All the best smile

PinkDucks Mon 25-Jul-16 21:18:02

Hi, I get these. Iv always had a few since being a teenager but started noticing I was getting more at the start of spring/sunnier weather. Once I noticed them they drove me insane - I could see them all the time. Im also a hypochondriac and thought worse case scenario so I got them checked at opticians who said there was nothing to worry about. Since then iv noticed them less and less and now barely see them even in this sunny weather. I'm also only in my 20's. hope that helps smile it does get better you just need to try and forget about them (easier said than done, I know)

Brittanyshere123 Mon 25-Jul-16 21:35:47

Thank you so much, PinkDucks! That helps so much smile

AprilLoveJ Mon 25-Jul-16 22:00:19

I had these plus other vision issues like snow vision (black and white fizzy vision over everything, really bad even in the dark). I was convinced I was going to go blind over the years. And I used to think there were huge spiders everywhere some black spots I saw were so big. It was distressing every twenty minutes getting shocked like that. Got worse during pregnancy! Or when taking some medications, or not sleeping more than 4 hours. Saw optician and was referred to hospital but got the all clear, told just live with it. I just got used to it after a while. I also have tinnitus so was used to putting up with annoying things (took me years to habituate to the screaming in my ears!) so the eye thing was not so bad in comparison and I adjusted over a much shorter period of time.

My eye problems almost completely resolved though once I improved my health including addressing all nutritional deficiencies and hormone imbalances. I don't see anything weird in my vision anymore except maybe some mild snow vision if my diet and sleep is off plus if I take certain medication. But it soon dies down when everything is back on track again. I didn't try to cure anything eye related, it was just another happy outcome of everything I began doing.

Things I was very deficient in included vitamin A (I take carlsons 15,000 IU palmitate every other day so don't get too much) all the B vitamins, D3, vitamin k, magnesium, protein and progesterone. I used good quality supplements as well as good quality food for these things. I also take coconut oil which helps thyroid. I wouldn't say it was just one thing which helps as everything in the body works synergistically. Eg progesterone and thyroid help each other, you need vit d3 for progesterone etc etc So I'd say everything I did played a part. Any kind of stress hormone also impacts my vision. Keeping in a calm state, whether through mindfulness or forcing it via supplementing things like progesterone, Niacinimide, L Theanine, also played an important part.

Maybe this will help some people with similar eye problems who end up here. (It also helped my tinnitus. It's not as deafening now. I've discovered taking lots of coconut oil suppresses it a little further too.)

I'm always amazed at how the body can heal given the right tools.

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