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Lots of floaters

Question

I'm 51 a get a lot of floaters in my eyes. Should I be worried?

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Qualified optometrist Simon Kay BSc(Hons) MCOptom answers this question.

Floaters are almost always normal. Occassionally they arise from a problem with the retina and can indicate a more serious problem. If they have suddenly developed you should have your eyes examined by your optometrist. In the search box in Ask the Optician put in 'floaters' and you will get lots more information. Also see the video below:

Optician's Biography

Simon Kay BSc(Hons) MCOptom has been a qualified Optometrist for over 30 years, and has a vast experience of almost all aspects of optometry. He joined Specsavers Opticians in 1993 first in Liverpool and for 15 years as a director of Lancaster and Morecambe. He served on many panels and committees whilst a director, including those responsible for IT design and professional advancement. He was regional chairman of the North West directors of Specsavers for over 12 years and as such was involved in almost all aspects of optometry on a business and professional level. He has been involved on the Local Optical Committee for many years and is currently Vice Chairman in his area.
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