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Black floater in vision, have a thick nerve. Could be glaucoma? What supplements can prevent it?

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Hello, I am 21 years old male which has no health issues from years. I started having eye problems recently just 2 weeks ago and am really stressing about this since then. I started seeing a black dot in left eye, which has some thin lines sticking to it like a web and always follow my sight of vision. I always feel sad and weak when I wake up and wished I was normal. I cried a lot yesterday and felt as I am in XXXXXXX depression. I went to my regular yearly optometrist, which he dilated my eye and told it's just floaters nothing that serious. He told me my eyes is good and have normal eye pressure, and retina is perfect. My eye sight is good .20/.20 and my near sight is perfect no prescription. I also went to 2 different ophthalmologists offices even though I wasn't told to. They said the same about the floaters that I need to get used to it. The only different information was about my optic nerve that one ophthalmologist said I have thick optic nerve in both eyes it could be glaucoma. The other ophthalmologist said I have thick optic nerve in right eye only and it looks healthy and eye pressure is normal. The ophthalmologist also said she guarantees that I don't have glaucoma and she asked where I was from. She told me that some people born with thick looking optic nerves, which is normal. She told me that she will monitor me every year. The other concern now I have is both ophthalmologists said I have thin retina. I goggled it and scared since then. In my family no one has a sign of eye problems just me. I heard the only reason of having thin retina is if I have bad near sight, which I don't. Is there way I can cure it like eating carrots, apples, vitamins supplements. I also wanted to make sure, which I didn't told to the doctors that I was scratching my left eye hard and poked myself in the eye 2 weeks ago because of allergies. I also hit my nose hard to the door and felt like I broke it, which also happened 2 weeks ago. Do you think this will be the reasons for the floaters to appear? What can I do about thin retina I am so scared? Please comment Help :(
Posted Mon, 16 Apr 2012 in Vision and Eye Disorders
Answered by Dr. N. K. Misra 8 hours later

Thanks for your query.

Based on your description, I feel the possibility of vitreous floater. These are perfectly harmless opacities in a fluid at the back of eye with gelly like consistency. That is the reason, they move around with the movement of the eye, of course with a fraction of a second's time lag. They are more visible on a white background.

These opacities do not respond to treatment usually because that area does not have any blood supply. so any oral medication will not reach there easily. It is vit. C that is usually very helpful in these cases. Other than natural sources, 500 mg. of vit. C can be taken for few weeks.

These opacities are best ignored, as following them does not help.

Regarding optic nerve thickness, it is absolutely normal. The thickness of optic nerve you are mentioning is at times normal. Thin retina as long as eye pressure is normal, is not the matter to be worried about. If you have normal eye pressure, then the best is to have a yearly follow up just to be on safer side.

Scratching of eye do not cause the floaters. Also your history of hit over the nose looks insignificant.

You do not have a life threatening problem and as a treatment, all you can have is vit c supplementation.

Please do get back to me in case of any difficulty.

I hope, I have answered your query. Please accept my answer in case you have no further query.

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