I recently noticed a new floater in my vision, saw the ophthalmologist for an exam, and was briefed on the vitreous detachment that causes floaters. He also warned me to be aware of the symptoms of retinal detachment, and to return immediately if I get any of them. Since that day, I have been afraid to wear my contacts, for fear of stressing my eyes and causing more floaters and/or retinal detachment. Is this possible? Is it a bad idea to continue wearing contacts? After being very nearsighted my whole life (I am 53), I am afraid to do anything to risk retinal detachment.
Contact lenses do not cause floaters or retinal detachments. Your risk of retinal detachment results from being myopic. You should not be afraid to wear your contact lenses, but must follow all instructions regarding lens care and replacement, so that you do not develop a serious corneal infection.
I've had floaters pretty much as far back as I can remember. During a routine eye exam a couple of years ago< I remember the Dr. advising me of my risk for retinal detachment. Back in June of this year I started noticing what I would call vivid floaters. I would not be sure if a bug just flew by me or if it was a floater. Same thing looking down at the floor, I was not sure a bug just ran across the floor or not. Checked on the internet and decided to make an appt with my Dr. who could not see me for a week. They asked me if I was seeing flashes of light, and told them just vivid floaters. I got more anxious as the day wore on and called another Dr. who could see me first thing in the morning. Luckily I went the next morning, as I had emergency surgery for a detached retina.. This was just my experience that I thought may help someone.
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