Ignoring “No Big Deal” Floaters Could Be a HUGE Deal!

Omaha Primary Eye Care

“I’ve got a few floaters, but they are no big deal.”

If I had a nickel for every time I’ve heard that . . .

Just the other day a patient came to our office to replace his five year old glasses that are falling apart. He really didn’t think he needed an eye exam, but thought if he was going to invest in glasses he might as well have his eyes checked out.  He also mentioned, “I’ve got a few floaters, but they are no big deal.”

Often times that’s true. Floaters are commonly a symptom of a natural degeneration of the vitreous, a gel that fills the inside of our eye and functions to fill space much like the air in a basketball.  Overtime the gel becomes more watery and eventually the shell of the gel (think water balloon) collapses and the patient will see little flecks of…

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