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.
This site complies with the HONcode standard for trustworthy health information.
The Content on this Site is presented in a summary fashion, and is intended to be used for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to be and should not be interpreted as medical advice or a diagnosis of any health or fitness problem, condition or disease; or a recommendation for a specific test, doctor, care provider, procedure, treatment plan, product, or course of action. Med Help International, Inc. is not a medical or healthcare provider and your use of this Site does not create a doctor / patient relationship. We disclaim all responsibility for the professional qualifications and licensing of, and services provided by, any physician or other health providers posting on or otherwise referred to on this Site and/or any Third Party Site. Never disregard the medical advice of your physician or health professional, or delay in seeking such advice, because of something you read on this Site. We offer this Site AS IS and without any warranties. By using this Site you agree to the following Terms and Conditions. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your physician or 911 immediately.