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Seeing spot of smoke and I feel like solid particles in eyes


When I open my eyes in the morning I see a little spot of smoke like from my right eyes for almost 2 weeks now, but I also found that 3 days ago that I also see some 2-3 lines like scratched from my left eye. I beginning to get worried and last 2days ago I also felt like there's something like jelly like feeling on both my eyes and I tried to close my eyes strongly and small liquid like came out and feel much better, but now my right eye seems a little red and can feel like there's something inside my eyes like solid particles. I'm getting scared that I might go blind because my late father suffered from cataract. Is my situation worse?

Answer Written answer:

You definitely don't have cataracts! I would suggest that what you are seeing in the morning is simple floaters that we all have, but it is only in certain situations that you can see them. The other problem sounds like an eye infection, probably conjunctivitis that is easily treated. Either have an eye test at your local opticians, or go and see your GP who will probably prescribe some suitable medication. I don't think you have much to worry about.

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Simon Kay BSc(Hons) MCOptom has been a qualified Optometrist for over 35 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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