1. I think that eye floaters are not dangerous per se. But, for example, they can distract you in certain situations (such as when you’re driving). That’s the main reason why I think we should be wary of them.

  2. I started going to an Opthalmologist who is a reiatnl specialist 5 years ago because I had new floaters and I was seeing flashes in my visual field. I was especially concerned about the flashes because they indicate the vitreous is tugging on the retina. As part of the aging process, the vitreous shrinks and pulls away from the retina. If it pulls some of the retina away from the back of the eye, that’s reiatnl detachment which can be very bad for vision. My grandmother had reiatnl detachment in her 70 s which impaired her vision so much she could only distinguish light and dark. I have been seeing the retina specialist once a year, and each time I have been relieved to hear I have not had any reiatnl detachment or anything else that needs surgery. There is some discomfort with the exam, especially when the doctor presses through the eye lid onto the muscle that moves the eyeball to allow him to visualize the periphery of the retina. The thing he presses with feels like a screw driver. Ouch!I think you insurance will allow you to see a retina specialist once a year so any more diabetic retinopathy that develops can be detected and treated befor it affects your vision. I hope you will blog about the result of your eye exam. By the way, my floaters just went away.

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