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Vision "Floaters" - Follow Up

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by OldGoat, Jan 19, 2011.

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  1. OldGoat

    OldGoat Well-Known Member

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    Well, I had my annual board-certified opthamologist eye exam yesterday. Good news: my Type-II diabetes has not caused any retinal bleeding; my vision is the same as last year (correctable to 20/20 - don't need new glasses; and no evidence of cataract or glaucoma problems. Bad news: gotta learn to live with the floaters...no quick-fix available - laser or other surgery or treatment. Floaters just come with old age as the fluid in they eye ages/breaks down like (doc's words) "Jell-o going from firm to liquid in a bowl"...Senior Vets take note :eek:( It seems like if I focus "down the road" while driving the floaters disappear. I am going to re-read the comments from my previous thread re: recommendations for over-the-counter vitamins/meds which have helped some. Best Regards, Ed
     
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    Ed,
    I too have the dreaded "floaters" and what has helped my in shooting is to go to a darker lense as it seems to make them less noticable because they seem to blend into the lenses. As the saying goes, "Getting old is not for sissies"

    Van
     
  3. OldGoat

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    Van, Thanks for the tip re: using darker lenses! I have been using lighter ones and need to look into buying myself something useful for birthday #71. Best Regards, Ed
     
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    Sure beats the alternative!
     
  5. maka

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    Try some Lutien and Billberry. Wife had some retina problems her eye Doc. recommended both. I bye both at wolly world. Very lo-cost, notting gain notting lost. Good luck!!!1
     
  6. Old Cowboy

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    Mine got better (less conspicuous) over time. Something to look forward to.

    John C. Saubak
     
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    You know, I've had these dreaded floaters all my life. Have not changed much. But some days they do interfere with my shooting. But when it is my turn to shoot, I "wait-em-out" I wait till they clear form my right eye and the mount the gun and shoot. Too, I find that if I remain still as it comes time for me to shoot, they affect me less. Another thing that helps, I that my eyes never leave the target area. I load my gun by feel. Learn to do that. the floaters will stop moving around so much.

    One of my most memorable shoot-offs came at the Wisconsin state shoot for mid range handicap. I broke either a 95 or 96 and another guy did too. But my floater in my right eye was pesky come shoot off time and I tried to "swish" my eyes back and forth to clear it out and shoot while it was clear. Needless to say the changing of the tempo cost me that hardware. Now I wait till the floater clears. Adn occasionally that means I am the slow man on the squad. But that only happens about 10% of the time. Usually, I am i tune whit the squad.
     
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    I used to have floaters pretty badly but about a year after I quit smoking 12+ years ago, I noticed that I no longer had them. Of course, now I have another eye problem, but at least the floaters went away.

    Ed
     
  9. RonC

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    I have had floaters since my 20s. I used to wait for them to clear before I shot and I was slow. A older chap told me to close my eyes and look straight up for a couple of seconds then lower my head and open my eyes. That seemed to clear my eyes for enough time to shoot relaxed. I now don't look quite as high and don't close my eyes just roll them up, and it still seems to work. I also have post vitreous detachment in both eyes. With this problem, things look clear then it is like a shear curtain being pulled across and things blur. Oddly this doesn't seem to bother me much. I know a shooter with an envious average that says all he ever sees is a blur but his eyes are still focused on the bird an it doesn't seem to bother him. Based on this I just ignore my blur. At 68, to me, solid orange targets look like this all the time eyes clear or not, regardless of background.

    Ron
     
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