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jentytib
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how long should it take for my eye floaters to go away?

I am being treated clinically so I am still skeptical I have Lyme though I'm seeing a LLMD and have a ton of symptoms. Maybe I'm just in denial.

Are floaters associated with any other conditions not associated with Lyme?

What co-infection is it a symptom of?

It is a hallmark of Lyme right? I'm only 30.

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WELCOME*)!*!!
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And goodness NO, floaters happen wtih AGE, they happen with MANY MANY diseases not just LYme!!!

But I had a veritable village of floaters, a haze of them at all times like soup, and they are all gone. It did not happen until the last month of 9 monhts of IV Rocephin for me so that's not too encouraging I suppose, but they are 100% gone*)!!! I hope yours go away MUCH sooner. They DO happen commonly with Lyme but also with MANY MANY other conditions, a hallmark yes, but not specific by any means!!!!

Take care and welcome to LYmeNEt*)(*!**!)!
I am glad you have an LLMD. I was not skeptical I had LYme, I knew I had that, but I was skeptical I would get better.
Thank goodness, I did*)*!)!
I hope you do, too-!!
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what other conditions are they associated with?

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Some medications may cause floaters so note when your floaters started and take inventory of the medication that you are using.

My LLMD told me that floaters are common with Lyme though but will likely disappear with treatment.

It's true that floaters can be due to a variety of conditions so you may also want to consider a trip to an eye doctor to rule out any serious conditions of the eyes. Keep in mind that floaters do happen with age and are harmless in many cases....

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Floaters are caused by inflammation of the eye, so think of all the diseases/illnesses out there that cause inflammtion! Too many to count
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in my case, 10-07, my floaters ended up being the EARLY part of my going blind from DIABETES RETINOPATHY!!

so have yearly checkups with an eye specialist vs a DO.

have them check for diabetes, LYME, retinopathy, glucoma, and catarachts!


if/when I can get my diabetes 2 under control with lower A1C's closer to 6.0; I've got a good chance of keeping retinopathy at beginning stages!

THERE IS H O P E !! [bow]

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Some medications may cause floaters so note when your floaters started and take inventory of the medication that you are using.

I agree with that. One more thing: some medications do cause floaters some months after the treatment is finished, because the vascular damage is progressive, so one has to take inventory of the medication that he/she is using, plus the ones that has taken in the last year or two.

The floaters caused by some of those medications are normally irreversible, and do not heal ever.

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quote:
The floaters caused by some of those medications are normally irreversible, and do not heal ever.

According to my Eye Doc the only way to get rid of floaters is surgery. Once the vitreous gel detaches from the eye wall it doesn't ever reattach itself. I think they do seem better when the inflammation goes down the floaters might settle and not be seen.
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Duke, that is if they are caused by a static condition and a common thing that eye doctors seem to tell people. But you can google floaters and read up and you will find many references to it being reversible when it is caused by infectious disease. Eye doctors do not always seem to know that thouGH!!! I had terrible floaters and they all went away-

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quote:
reversible when it is caused by infectious disease.
After searching I found no reference to eye floaters being reversible. Wikipedia simplys says there is no treatment outside of surgery. They may improve but they do not dissolve or reattach themselves to the eye wall. When the inflammation goes down the floaters are resting at the bottom of the eye where you cannot see them.
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I was wondering about floaters. Yesterday my 13 year old son, who has Lyme, said he can see cells. He said they have outlines and many are "worm like" in shape. He had never mentioned that to me before.
--Judy

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Floaters are very common in Lyme.

I have noticed that mine improved with treatment.. But they do come and go.

I associate them with how I am feeling. If I am tired and feeling out of sorts, then I notice them more often.

But if I'm having an OK day, then I could go all day without noticing them.

So... they are annoying.. but don't worry about them. Your brain does learn to ignore them for the most part.

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