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Who is at Risk of Eye Floaters?
Anyone can get eye floaters. Indeed, some people are born with them, possibly as a result of a traumatic birth. Others have a condition wherein the vitreous humor (the jelly-like substance inside the eyeball) does not form correctly, and this will also cause eye floaters to be present at birth. However, eye floaters are more prevalent in people over the age of 45, and the chances of getting eye floaters increases with age. This is because the liquid inside the eyes starts to lose its shape and consistency, and it may even detach itself from its correct position. In addition, the protein in the vitreous humor may get damaged, and this will cause it to aggregate together and cause the appearance of floaters.
Another group of people who are at an increased risk of eye floaters are those who participate in contact sports, such as kickboxing, and sports where accidental injury to the eye may occur, such as soccer. It has been shown clearly that injury to the eye or to the surrounding area is one of the main causes of eye floaters. Make sure you wear the appropriate protection when playing such sports - e.g. head gear for martial arts, helmet for rugby etc... Some occupations may also carry a risk of eye and head injury. Again, make sure you wear the appropriate equipment such as safety glasses and helmets.
Diabetics too are at a higher risk of eye floaters. In diabetics, especially in those who do not properly manage their condition, small, abnormal blood vessel may grow in the eye. If one of these bursts, blood will leak into the eyeball, causing floaters to appear.
Other persons at an elevated risk of eye floaters are those who are nearsighted, persons who have undergone cataract operation, and those who suffer from frequent eye infections and inflammations.
Eye floaters can be extremely annoying and they can be very problematic for people with jobs requiring good visual acuity or for athletes who rely a lot on their vision. It is not recommended that you opt for surgery to remove the floaters, because surgical procedure carries a high risk of complications. It is much better to cure eye floaters by making sure that you do not do things which aggravate them and by giving your body the nutrients it needs to heal them.
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