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Can Contact Lenses Cause Floaters?

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Old 01-09-2008, 08:38 PM
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Question Can Contact Lenses Cause Floaters?

Ever hear of "floaters"? Those are those weird little specks and squiggles that appear when you look at a bright background. The sort of follow the movement of your eyes. You look right and they sort of drift to the right before settling a bit.
Those things.
I'm not really sure what they are, exactly, and so I'm wondering if wearing contact lenses has anything to do with them. They probably don't cause floaters because just about everyone has them, whether they wear contacts or not. The thing I'm wondering about is - can wearing contact lenses make them worse?
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Old 01-10-2008, 01:47 PM
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Default Floaters

Floaters are actually clumps of the vitreous gel inside your eye. They, well, float around and cast shadows on the retina, and that's how you can see them. Since this is all on the inside of your eye, it's very doubtful that floaters can be caused by contact lenses. Nor can contacts make them worse.
Floaters are very common and completely harmless. However, if you notice a sudden increase of these floaters, along with flashes of light, it may be a sign of a detaching retina. See your eye doctor immediately.
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Old 09-25-2009, 01:39 PM
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Floaters are actually clumps of the vitreous gel inside your eye. They, well, float around and cast shadows on the retina, and that's how you can see them. Since this is all on the inside of your eye, it's very doubtful that floaters can be caused by contact lenses. Nor can contacts make them worse.
Floaters are very common and completely harmless. However, if you notice a sudden increase of these floaters, along with flashes of light, it may be a sign of a detaching retina. See your eye doctor immediately.
Excellent, OptixWizard, thank you.

Here is a picture of simulated floaters. I don't know how they did this, but it's pretty accurate.

I wonder if the Powers That Be made the background of this website white so we can see those floaters?
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