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Hi,

Anyone experience increased vision problems like floaters from shotgun shooting?

I see it, pardon the pun, but it may just be me. Had floaters all my life but at 51 it looks like a lot more. Yes I have had a vision check up for that and nothing was noted.

Anyone here an optometrist or opthamologist with a clinical opinion?

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They have a cure called a FOV (Floater only Vitrectomy) that is used quite a bit out of this country. The doctors in this country don't even want to consider this becaused they cosider floaters trivial and not a necessity for surgery. I wish they could see through someone else's eyes and then say surgery isn't a necessity.
 

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I have floaters in both eyes. Sometimes I wonder if the shotgun recoil might aggravate the problem but I don't dare ask the eye doctor for fear he might tell me to quit trapshooting.

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I did ask my eye doctor about them. He said that floaters are caused by the eyeball vitreous shrinking due to age and a type of "condensation" forming on the shrunken vitreous. He says that no particular activity will aggravate floaters or ameliorate floaters. The exception is that a burst of floaters can be associated with a detached retina, which can be aggravated by recoil or any other type of trauma.

I have a lot of confidence in my eye doctor. He is one of the teaching faculty and cornea specialists at Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia.
 

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Thanks guys,

I was warned about seeing "bugs" which are actually blood droplets but I don't have that. I have a lot of what I would best describe as "sperm"; dots with a long squiggly tail.

Was checked, and have had some for all my life, and my 18 year old son has them too. Just thought I would ask if there was any causality to increased floaters and shotguns. I shoot mostly 7/8 oz, some 1 oz and no "mules".

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I had floaters all my life. Then about three years ago I got PVD (Posterior Vitreous Detachment)in my right eye,and a few months later, in my left eye. I got a Soft Touch Stock for my 391, but after a year I went back to a regular stock. I haven't had any worsening of the condition since the original ocurrence.
My thought is this: You can't very well ask a doctor if shooting will worsen the condition. He'll just tell you the best thing would be to stop shooting, just to be on the safe side. I wasn't willing to give up shooting. I'd rather just take my chances, and so far, so good.
 

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Some will recall I had some major eye problems with a detached retina in my only good eye about 7 years ago. All is well now and as a matter of fact I just had a checkup and the Doc said A-OK. In fact, he said the further I get from the date of detachment, the better my eye actually is. Makes sense.

What's really important is that after I regained my vision 7 years ago (after 5months of agony and 5 surgeries), I asked the Doc if I could still shoot. He said wait a few months and then it'll be OK. When I asked him about the recoil and any damage to the eye, he said "You shake up your eye more reading a book or newspaper than you do when you shoot a shotgun."

Floaters are a result of the vitreous in the eye actually hardening. The floaters can, under some rare conditions, bump against the retina and cause a tear. If I were you, I'd find a good retina specialist and have your eyes checked once a year.
Gene Batchelar
Wheaton, IL
 
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