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Problem: I keep seeing things that are floating (like little white squiggles and black circles) when I look at a light source. I know what 'floaters' are, and I'm sure they occur only when you look at the sky and they dart away when you try to look at them. This is different, I can look at the dots and squiggles quite clearly in the light source, and even when I'm not looking at light sources I can see the outlines of them floating anyway.
It's worth noting I have myopia (short sighted).
This has been happening for a while.
I got glasses from Specsavers, therefore I don't see them as much, but sometimes I can see them, albeit a little less clearly.

I recently got my eyes checked at Specsavers, just a general eye test, and was told that my eyes were healthy and that being short sighted means I will see floating things in the distance and was prescribed new glasses.

However, even though the glasses make this better, I'm still worried. It's not accompanied by any other side effects, I can just see the floaters and am a bit worried.

Any-one going through this? Any advice/tips? Should I go back and request another test?

Thank-you.
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You're probably not going blind, lol. If you are worried, then sure, go back and see them.
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I'll just say this - I had really sore eyes and would get headaches a lot. I went to specsavers and they gave me new glasses. a week or so after having them the headache was back. After two years, I decided to go to Boots instead. Turns out, Specsavers had been giving me the incorrect prescription - by a long shot - and this was straining my eyes.

So yeah, two years of unnecessary headaches means i don't trust specsavers.
Try and get a second opinion. It can't hurt. explain to them abut what you are seeing and express your worries and they should be able to help.
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No, probably not going blind! But do go to a proper eye doctor who will give you a full eye exam with dilated pupils, if only to set your mind at rest. I am also very shortsighted, and have plenty of floaters, but being shortsighted makes us more vulnerable to a partially detached retina.
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(Original post by Going Back)
No, probably not going blind! But do go to a proper eye doctor who will give you a full eye exam with dilated pupils, if only to set your mind at rest. I am also very shortsighted, and have plenty of floaters, but being shortsighted makes us more vulnerable to a partially detached retina.
So you also have floaters, same as I described here (or similar) as a result of your shortsightedness? That helps me put my mind at ease if so, but yes I would still like an eye test. I was going to book an appointment at Boots, but how would I go about booking an appointment with an eye doctor?
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So you also have floaters, same as I described here (or similar) as a result of your shortsightedness? That helps me put my mind at ease if so, but yes I would still like an eye test. I was going to book an appointment at Boots, but how would I go about booking an appointment with an eye doctor?
the optometrist at boots will be a fully trained eye doctor. If you're still looking I'd speak to your GP and see if they can refer you anywhere.
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the optometrist at boots will be a fully trained eye doctor. If you're still looking I'd speak to your GP and see if they can refer you anywhere.
is the doctor at specsavers fully trained also?
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I was referred out from Specsavers to Moorfield's Eye Hospital when my eyes couldn't focus and they were unable to get a stable prescription (among other things, like floaters, diagonal double vision in both eyes, etc.). I saw a neuro-ophthalmologist. But I do have a genetic condition that can and does affect the eyes, so it was more a precaution than anything.
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I get floaters but they decrease and my eyesight is 5/6. It used to be 6/6. But that’s because of another reason. You’re not going blind most likely but get it checked at an eye clinic just in case
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So you also have floaters, same as I described here (or similar) as a result of your shortsightedness? That helps me put my mind at ease if so, but yes I would still like an eye test. I was going to book an appointment at Boots, but how would I go about booking an appointment with an eye doctor?
I don't know if floaters are caused by short sight, but there is a greater risk for detached retina. Floaters tend to be dark, however, not white. I would get the eye exam and tell the doctor specifically what you see. You will also want a glaucoma test. If they have done these things already and given you the all-clear, you are almost certainly fine but I can't give medical advice. I am in the USA and a bit out of touch with how the NHS works.
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I have floaters too (only one though), I love them. I find it entertaining trying to focus on them with it disappearing. I ought to name it.
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I am p sure they must've checked the back of your eyes. They would've referred you to the hospital doctors if something was wrong.
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do u get headaches?
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(Original post by ultimateradman)
do u get headaches?
No, I don't. Only floaters, no other symptoms.
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is the doctor at specsavers fully trained also?
Should be, it's just from experience they tend to screw you over to get you to buy their products, rather than do you right. I think it's because they work on commission
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(Original post by RjIsRandom)
the optometrist at boots will be a fully trained eye doctor. If you're still looking I'd speak to your GP and see if they can refer you anywhere.
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is the doctor at specsavers fully trained also?
Optometrists are not doctors. Doctors specialising in eyes are called ophthalmologists and they only work in the hospital. Optometrists are, however, specialists in examining and assessing eyes and can refer to ophthalmologists if necessary.

The optometrists in Specsavers will be just as qualified as those working in other places.
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I get these as well. I remember asking about them when I first started wearing glasses. I was told they were nothing to worry about & actually quite common. They'd examined the back of my eyes as well & found there was nothing wwrong with them apart from being short sighted. Now, most of the time I don't even notice the floaters, the only time they're really obvious is in bright light.
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If the images you see are almost perfect rounds, usually aligned in a row, that are not in the very center of the vision, and only appear with a white or blue background, this is called blue field entopic phenomenon (physics phenomenon, medical care not necessary). If not, those are floaters, they have many shapes, a fundoscopy is usually recommended if there was an acute episode of floaters ( < 6 weeks ), a fundoscopy is a test when your ophthalmologist put some eyedrops in order to dilate the pupil, absolutely painless.
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