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Talking to Your Patients About Floaters

Posted by Amanda Dexter on December 17, 2017 at 6:05 PM
Amanda Dexter
Dr. Amanda K. Dexter received her optometric training at Southern California College of Optometry in Fullerton, California, where she was Class of 2010 Valedictorian. She also completed a residency in Primary Care and Ocular Disease at the Veteran's Affairs Hospital in San Diego, California. Dr. Dexter is the Manager and Program Coordinator for OptoPrep, the premiere online study resource for the NBEO Part I & II.


One of the most common emergency calls and appointments you'll get in practice is when patients become anxious because they have noticed floaters and/or flashes in their vision. More common than not, these symptoms occur as a result of normal aging changes in the vitreous that can result in a posterior vitreous detachment.

We all know that PVDs are for the most part harmless, but explaining what vitreous degeneration, is and abnormal signs and symptoms to look out for, to a patient who is already very nervous about their "emergency" can be challenging.

In this video, Dr. Marc Bloomenstein and Dr. Diana Shechtman discuss what to do when these patients call the office worried, and how to discuss your findings to them in a simple way.

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Take the information from this video and practice explaining vitreous floaters, degeneration, and PVDs to your patients so that you're confidence in your diagnoses helps to ease your patient's nerves!

You'll be in this situation often! 

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