A few days ago, I noticed a distinctive floater in the shape of a ring. My research indicated this may be a 'Weiss' ring. I don't have any other symptoms and my vision is otherwise clear. I am 59 years old, in good health, moderately nearsighted and wear corrective lenses (-2.25). Since I work out of town I will not be able to get my eyes examined until over a week. How serious is this condition and will it disappear on it's own (eventually). I have had regular eye exams over the years with no problems indicated. Thanks for your advice.
Well I'm impressed at your research. You probably have a posterior vitreous detachment. The weiss ring you are seeing is a symptom of it. Because you have the new onset of floaters, a weiss ring perhaps (and possibly flashes of light?) you have the real possibility of not just a vitreous detachment but a retinal tear or detachment. The risk of a tear or detachment is between 5 and 10% on average. So obviously, you should be seen by an ophthalmologist as soon as possible. I have the patients come in right away at my office if they call with your symptoms. If you have to, you can look up the closest ophthalmologist where you are. You should be seen within a day or so. I see several out of towners every month with the same problem.
Michael Kutryb, MD
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