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Are the floaters indicate pending stroke?

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Are the floaters that I see a serious problem that could indicate a pending stroke?
Posted Mon, 23 Dec 2013 in Stroke
Answered by Dr. Michelle Gibson James 45 minutes later
Brief Answer: do not indicate stroke Detailed Answer: HI, thanks for using healthcare magic NO, eye floaters do not indicate an impending stroke. A stroke occurs because an area of the brain is deprived of blood. This results from either hemorrhagic (due to a bleeding blood vessels in the brain) or ischemic (due a blockage of a blood vessel in the brain). Ischemic strokes are more common than hemorrhagic and are more common in persons with hypertension, high choleseterol, diabetes, smokers. If the risk factors just mentioned are controlled (the blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol) then the risk of stroke is significantly reduced. Floaters are specks or strings that are in the field of vision.There are different causes , the most common cause is age related changes to the vitreous humor of the eye. The vitreous humor is a jelly like liquid that fills the cavity of the eye. As persons age, it becomes more liquid and debris may be present causing the floaters. Other causes are injury, inflammation, diabetic eye disease, tumors. Most eye floaters are not treated but if they are disturbing your vision then treatment is necessary. I hope this helps, feel free to ask any other questions
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