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Is there an eyewash to remove floaters from your field of vision?

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Floaters are an internal phenomena, so using an eyewash or eyedrops to address the problem is ineffective. Solids floating within the eyeball itself cause floaters. Attempting to self-medicate them away with eyewash may mask serious health issues and delay care for the actual problem.

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Is there an eyewash to remove floaters from your field of vision?
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Floaters are the shadows of internal solid matter floating in front of the retina. Sometimes they are benign, but sometimes they are a symptom of macular degeneration or a detached retina. Applying anything external to the eye to address floaters does nothing to affect the internal anatomy of the eye and the actual cause of the floaters.

One externally applied remedy for floaters is an herb called eyebright, but eyebright eyewash presents a serious risk of infection to the eye. Most over-the-counter eyewashes are safe to use, even long-term, but they are similarly ineffective for floaters and can also present a risk of infection if they lose their sterility or if they have passed their expiration date.

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