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Floaters (eye)

Contents for Floaters
  1. Introduction: Floaters
  2. Causes (18 conditions)
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  4. Diagnostic tests (12 listings)
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Floaters

Floaters (eye): Floaters (eye) is listed as an alternate name or description for symptom:

Causes of Floaters (Floaters (eye)): See detailed list of causes below.

Medical Book Extracts related to Floaters (Floaters (eye)): Refer to the excerpt book sections about Floaters below.

Floaters (medical symptom): Floating spots or spidery webs in front of the eyes

Introduction: Floaters (eye)

Floaters (medical symptom): Floaters need immediate medical diagnosis by an eye specialist because of the risk of the severe retinal detachment, which can cause vision loss. However, other causes of floaters are more common than retinal detachment, such as vitreous detachment due to aging.

The shapes of floaters vary, with effects such as spots, dots, wavy lines, cloud-like shapes, spidery-webs, and other variations. There may be one large floater, or many smaller floaters, or any combination. Floaters may be caused by opaque substances (e.g. blood) floating in the vitreous or from problems with the retina. Floaters in the eyes are seen by the person, but nothing can usually be seen on the eyes. The floaters move with the eyes, so you usually cannot focus on them. To see them best, look at a white piece of paper, wall, or a clear sky.

Floaters are often associated with visual flashes, where the person sees flashing lights or sudden pulses of bright lights. Flashes are also a symptom of serious disease such as retinal detachment, but there are less serious possibilities also. Any floaters or flashes need immediate medical diagnosis by an eye specialist.

Article Excerpts for Floaters (eye):

Floaters (medical symptom): Floaters are tiny spots or specks that float across the field of vision. Most people notice them in well-lit rooms or outdoors on a bright day. Floaters often are normal, but sometimes they warn of eye problems such as retinal detachment, especially if they happen with light flashes. If you notice a sudden change in the type or number of spots or flashes, see your eye doctor. (Source: excerpt from Aging and Your Eyes - Age Page - Health Information: NIA)

Causes of Floaters (Floaters (eye))

The list of medical condition causes of Floaters (Floaters (eye)) includes:

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Medical Textbook Extracts for Floaters (eye)

Free access to excerpts from published medical book extracts about the causes and diagnosis of Floaters from the following published medical books is available for more detailed information that is related to Floaters (eye).

HALLUCINATIONS
(Algorithmic Diagnosis of Symptoms and Signs)

... Is there a history of drug or alcohol ingestion? Hallucinations are common during alcohol withdrawal but also may be noted in cocaine addiction, marijuana addiction, LSD intoxication, and PCP ... DIAGNOSTIC WORKUP ... READ EXCERPTS »

SCOTOMA
(Algorithmic Diagnosis of Symptoms and Signs)

... Is it transient? If the scotomas are transient, then migraine, transient ischemic attacks, and retrobulbar neuritis should be suspected. Are ... DIAGNOSTIC WORKUP ... READ EXCERPTS »

Hallucinations
(In a Page: Signs and Symptoms)

... Hallucinations are psychotic symptoms in which patients perceive stimuli that do not exist. Any of the five senses (auditory, visual, tactile, gustatory, or olfactory) may be involved, with auditory hallucinations being the most... Differential Diagnosis ... Workup and Diagnosis ... Treatment ... READ EXCERPTS »

Vision Loss
(In a Page: Signs and Symptoms)

... Vision loss may be unilateral or bilateral; transient or persistent; of sudden or gradual onset; and painless or painful. Vision loss in one eye may be followed quickly by ensuing vision loss of the other eye, rendering the... Differential Diagnosis ... Workup and Diagnosis ... Treatment ... READ EXCERPTS »

Hallucinations
(In A Page: Pediatric Signs and Symptoms)

... Hallucinations are defined as perceptual experiences that do not occur in reality. They may be auditory (most common), visual, tactile, or olfactory. Differential Diagnosis ... Workup and Diagnosis ... Treatment ... READ EXCERPTS »

Vision Loss
(In A Page: Pediatric Signs and Symptoms)

... Sudden decrease of vision is usually an ominous sign. Most often the cause of permanent loss is at the retinal or optic nerve level. For the optic nerve to be associated there must be... Differential Diagnosis ... Workup and Diagnosis ... Treatment ... READ EXCERPTS »

Flashes of Light & Floaters
(In A Page: Pediatric Signs and Symptoms)

... Flashes of light and floaters may be the presentation in a number of ocular and neurologic disorders. The most frequently encountered presentation of flashes of light is associated with migraine disorders. Flashes... Differential Diagnosis ... Workup and Diagnosis ... Treatment ... READ EXCERPTS »

HALLUCINATIONS
(Differential Diagnosis in Primary Care)

... A hallucination is seeing, hearing, touching, smelling, or tasting something that is not there. Auditory hallucinations without evidence of mental deterioration usually indicate schizophrenia, but epilepsy, drug toxicity, and brain tumors must ... READ EXCERPTS »

Scotoma
(Handbook of Signs & Symptoms (Third Edition))

... A scotoma is an area of partial or complete blindness within an otherwise normal or slightly impaired visual field. Usually located within the central 30-degree area, the defect ranges from absolute blindness to a barely detectable... History and physical examination ... Medical causes ... Special considerations ... Pediatric pointers ... Pictures ... READ EXCERPTS »

Vision loss
(Handbook of Signs & Symptoms (Third Edition))

... Vision loss — the inability to perceive visual stimuli — can be sudden or gradual and temporary or permanent. The deficit can range from a slight impairment of vision to total blindness. It can result... History and physical examination ... Medical causes ... Other causes ... Special considerations ... Pediatric pointers ... Geriatric pointers ... Pictures ... READ EXCERPTS »

Visual floaters
(Handbook of Signs & Symptoms (Third Edition))

... Visual floaters are particles of blood or cellular debris that move about in the vitreous. As these enter the visual field, they appear as spots or dots. Chronic floaters may occur... Emergency interventions ... History and physical examination ... Medical causes ... Special considerations ... Pediatric pointers ... Geriatric pointers ... READ EXCERPTS »

Scotoma
(Professional Guide to Signs & Symptoms (Fifth Edition))

... A scotoma is an area of partial or complete blindness within an otherwise normal or slightly impaired visual field. Usually located within the central 30-degree area, the defect ranges from absolute blindness to a barely detectable... History and physical examination ... Medical causes ... Special considerations ... Pediatric pointers ... Pictures ... READ EXCERPTS »

Vision loss
(Professional Guide to Signs & Symptoms (Fifth Edition))

... Vision loss—the inability to perceive visual stimuli—can be sudden or gradual and temporary or permanent. The deficit can range from a slight impairment of vision... History and physical examination ... Medical causes ... Other causes ... Special considerations ... Pediatric pointers ... Geriatric pointers ... Pictures ... READ EXCERPTS »

Visual floaters
(Professional Guide to Signs & Symptoms (Fifth Edition))

... Visual floaters are particles of blood or cellular debris that move about in the vitreous. As they enter the visual field, they appear as spots or dots. Chronic floaters may occur normally in elderly or myopic patients.... Emergency interventions ... History and physical examination ... Medical causes ... Special considerations ... Pediatric pointers ... Geriatric pointers ... READ EXCERPTS »

Scotoma
(The 10-Minute Diagnosis Manual: Symptoms and Signs in the Time-Limited Encounter)

... Michael J. Puk Scotoma is defined as a blind or partially blind area in the visual field. A basic understanding of neuroanatomy helps to localize the visual field defect. Simply put, pathology anterior to the optic... Approach ... History ... Physical examination ... Testin ... Diagnostic assessment ... READ EXCERPTS »

Delirium/Hallucinations
(Field Guide to Bedside Diagnosis)

... Differential Overview Systemic ❑ Drugs/toxins ❑ Sepsis ❑ ... Diagnostic Approach ... Clinical Findings ... Pictures ... READ EXCERPTS »

Vision loss
(Alarming Signs and Symptoms: Lippincott Manual of Nursing Practice Series)

... The inability to perceive visual stimuli, vision loss can be sudden or gradual and temporary or permanent. The deficit can range from a slight impairment of vision to total blindness. It can result from an ocular, neurologic, or systemic... Assessment ... History ... Physical examination ... Pediatric pointers ... Geriatric pointers ... Medical causes ... Other causes ... Nursing considerations ... Patient teaching ... Pictures ... READ EXCERPTS »

Scotoma
(Signs & Symptoms: A 2-in-1 Reference for Nurses)

... A scotoma is an area of partial or complete blindness within an otherwise normal or slightly impaired visual field. Usually located within the central 30-degree area, the defect ranges from absolute blindness to a barely... History ... Physical assessment ... Medical causes ... Special considerations ... Pediatric pointers ... Patient counseling ... Pictures ... READ EXCERPTS »

Vision loss
(Signs & Symptoms: A 2-in-1 Reference for Nurses)

... Vision loss — the inability to perceive visual stimuli — can be sudden or gradual and temporary or permanent. The deficit can range from a slight impairment of vision to total blindness. It can... History ... Physical assessment ... Medical causes ... Other causes ... Special considerations ... Pediatric pointers ... Geriatric pointers ... Patient counseling ... Pictures ... READ EXCERPTS »

Visual floaters
(Signs & Symptoms: A 2-in-1 Reference for Nurses)

... Visual floaters are particles of blood or cellular debris that move about in the vitreous. As these enter the visual field, they appear as spots or dots. Chronic floaters may occur normally in elderly or myopic patients. However... Emergency Actions ... History ... Physical assessment ... Medical causes ... Special considerations ... Pediatric pointers ... Geriatric pointers ... Patient counseling ... Pictures ... READ EXCERPTS »

Scotoma
(Nursing: Interpreting Signs and Symptoms)

... A scotoma is an area of partial or complete blindness within an otherwise normal or slightly impaired visual field. Usually located within the central 30-degree area, the defect ranges from absolute... History and physical examination ... Medical causes ... Nursing considerations ... Patient teaching ... Pictures ... READ EXCERPTS »

Vision loss
(Nursing: Interpreting Signs and Symptoms)

... Vision loss—the inability to perceive visual stimuli—can be sudden or gradual and temporary or permanent. The deficit can range from a slight impairment of vision to total blindness. It can result from an ocular, neurologic,... History and physical examination ... Medical causes ... Other causes ... Nursing considerations ... Patient teaching ... Pictures ... READ EXCERPTS »

Visual floaters
(Nursing: Interpreting Signs and Symptoms)

... Visual floaters are particles of blood or cellular debris that move about in the vitreous. As these floaters enter the visual field, they appear as spots or dots. Chronic floaters may occur normally in elderly or... History and physical examination ... Medical causes ... Nursing considerations ... Patient teaching ... READ EXCERPTS »

HALLUCINATIONS
(Differential Diagnosis in Primary Care)

... A hallucination is seeing, hearing, touching, smelling, or tasting something that is not there. Auditory hallucinations without evidence of mental deterioration usually ... READ EXCERPTS »

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