Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Eye Floaters

So I'm working late at night and into the wee hours of the morning, and checking my email, and there's a notice about "eye floaters" in my inbox. What the heck? A company wants me to check them out, their solution to the annoying problem of visual specks.

First, I have to tell you that this made me laugh, seeing this in my inbox. Second, I have to come clean and tell you that I've suffered from floaters since I was a little kid. It's actually something I researched in the past, wondering what the heck to do about them. Third, it's not often that I have this problem, so not something I focus on.

I read the information by this eye floater person or company, and it seems to be decent. Their solution makes sense to me, based on my experience. I also Googled some other info, since I don't tend to trust the internets. It seems, based on most sites I read, including the Mayo Clinic, that floaters are a result of age and the vitreous fluid around our eyeballs. I like saying eyeballs. Say it out loud. Now try saying it like Roscoe P. Coaltrain, from Dukes of Hazzard. You know you want to. He'd say it like this - eye-bowls.



There. I feel better. And I actually met Roscoe P. Coaltrane at an art festival in Florida once. I had no idea he's an artist.

Here's the deal: I've had eye floaters off and on since I was about eight years old. So an aging issue for me it is not. The company who sent me the info in the first place claims that everyone has the floaters, so that made sense to me. About a bazillion years ago, someone (probably my mom) told me that eye floaters are a result of stress. Now see, THAT makes sense. Especially given the times I've noticed them.

One site attributed floaters to a variety of things, including stress. For myself, I've noticed that
those little buggers show up during the worst times in my life. They tend to last anywhere from a few minutes to a few days.

Now. From my perspective. I've never seen myself as a victim or sufferer from floaters. I remember, as a kid, really enjoying the eye floaters. We'd be at a pot luck, or I'd be in class, and I remember tracking them, watching the world around them. The shifting nature of them was too cool. As an adult I still do the same thing when they occur. Watch them as a form of entertainment. Yes, I'm easily amused.

If they happen while I'm driving, I admit it's a distraction. The whole ADD thing, you know. I want to play with the little specks bouncing back and forth in my field of vision, so I lose track of the road. Not a good thing. Heh.

Any way you slice it, all of the literature seems to point to the same conclusion, that floaters are normal, and that they can't really be removed, shy of some drastic measure. That they increase with age. Different sites list different ways to deal with them is all. The company which sent me the eye floater info and started all this uses good old common sense.

Let me know, will ya, if these are a problem for you? Now that I've done a little digging, I'm interested in hearing back from people I know about their experience. I think floaters are way cool, but I'm guessing, based on my reading, that they're more often than not annoying. Either way, tell me!

Until I write again ...

Flea

19 comments:

Mental P Mama said...

I get them when I'm tired. And they are annoying. Some people have to completely change their lifestyles....I wonder why there isn't more out there? Interesting that you got that email.

Karen said...

I can envision you driving down the road, playing with your floater, and trying to explain that one to the policeman.

TSannie said...

They are a permanent part of my vision and have been since I was a little girl. Annoying, but what can you do? Nuthin'!

Karate Mom said...

OH! OH! OH! I know the answer to this one!! When you were but a wee babe being knit together in your mother's womb, blood was carried o your eye by the hyaloid artery. Once your eye finished developing normally, the artery shriveled up and disintegrated into floating pieces that are caught in your vision FOREVER!!
It gets worse with age because tiny veins on the retina rupture or leak, causing blood to ooze into your eye jelly.
(I just read all about this from a really cool devotional called "Did You Know? Devotions for Kids")

Karate Mom said...

Oops, that should have said "...TO your eye..."

Mighty Morphin' Mama said...

heehee... I find that when I get them, I start to worry that there is something wrong with me, and they are kind of annoying. I have some right now that keep distracting me...

I hope you are doing well, I haven't been around in ages and I have missed you!

Trisha said...

I have floaters too - I don't really know how long I have had them. I always see them when I look towards a bright light - like a sunny day or a computer screen.

Anonymous said...

I have floaters because I had a CNV problem... I don't know yet why but new blood vessels started to grow under my retina. The new vessels distorted my vision. Doctor gave me an Avastin shot in the eye and it repaired everything, but since then I have few floaters in this eye.

They say it's because the new blood vessels leak blood from time to time. I would very much like to know what to eat to lower the chances of blood leaking inside my vitreous.

Daryl said...

I named mine Spot ... supposedly its protein leaking from whoknowswhere

Ellyn said...

First off, I am not going to watch your video and you can't make me. So there!

Second, I am suddenly glad I don't drive on Oklahoma's roadways.

Third, I have floaters too. I also like to follow them around with my eyes. And I just thought how that mush look to other people. Not crazy at all, I'm sure.

Tammy said...

I've never had them, but it sounds annoying. :o(

Karen said...

OK.....why did I push play on that video? It's like worms in my brain. I will not be able to get that out of my head for days. You know I was not allowed to watch that as a child after my parents had already let us watch it for a year. Something about disrespect for authority, which if you know my parents, that is hillarious.

Moving on...never had them, howvever if I do, I know where to go to get the 411. Let us know what you find.

Donalyn said...

I have always had them, and like you, have often found them to be a built in source of entertainment. I don't think that overall mine have gotten worse on any permanent basis - they come and go for the most part.

Life With Dogs said...

I only see floaters in public bathrooms.

Anonymous said...

..a couple of years ago I had them pretty bad. About that time I discovered I had diabetes. After losing weight & exercising I got the diabetes under control. I hadn't thought about, but no more floaters since then. Maybe I'll blow the diet and exercise thing and see if they return. :-)

zobabe said...

Huh. It never occurred to me that they come and go. I discovered mine when i was about 8, and my mom said they were normal, so I went with it. Flea, we COULD be sisters, I'm thinkin', cuz I like to watch 'em, too. But not while I'm driving, since that's when I'm putting on my make up. heh.

Egghead said...

I get them occasionally but I haven't really tracked when they pop up. I don't know if it is when I am tired, stressed or not. I will have to pay attention to this next time. I didn't notice them until about three or four years ago though and they don't happen all that often. They do kind of annoy me though.

imbeingheldhostage said...

It's one of those things that I thought everyone dealt with.... hmm, here's a question for you. When I close my eyes I see (dead people... not really) colors. Going to bed for me is like an acid trip (so I've heard) because I see all sorts of really great colors. Sometimes I'll announce to the hubby, "Oh man, this is the coolest purple color I've ever seen!". Now if there is a loud noise, the color "explodes" into a white light.
So, what does your floater sense say about that?

Is this one of those things I should've kept to myself?

Enkel said...

Base on my experiences, 99% of harmless eye floaters are just a matter of perception. We learn to see them. I opened a blog to share my views.