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Sunday, 1 December 2013

Muscae Volitantes (Floater) - The Risk Factors and Diagnosis

Muscae volitantes or Floater is defined as a condition of pathol moving black specks or threads seen before the eyes, as results of opaque fragments floating in the vitreous humour or a lens defect due to degeneration of the vitreous humour.  Floater as it suspends in the vitreous humour, it tends to drift  and follows the rapid motions of the eye as a result of damage of the eye that causes material to enter the vitreous humour.
Risk factors
1. Aging
People who are over age of 50 are at the increased risk of  Muscae volitantes as a result of Posterior vitreous detachments (PVD).

2. Myopia
People who are with Myopia are also in the higher risk to develop Muscae volitantes as a result of eye strain and tearing.

3. Eye damage
Damage to the eye due to what ever reason, including punch in the eye can cause floater.

4. Eye surgery
Eye surgery patients are at increased risk to develop floater, recently had eye surgery, laser eye surgery, etc.

5. Diabetes
If you are diabetic, you are at higher risk to develop floater and other eye diseases such as glaucoma and cataracts.

6. Etc.

IV. Diagnosis
If you are experience floater as you you can see them if look at the blue sky or a white wall. Your Ophthalmologists can diagnose floaters by the use of an ophthalmoscope or slit lamp.