Eye Sight : Help for Those with Eye 'Floaters'

Helen Hunt

When she was seven months pregnant Caroline Broadley started suffering from "floaters" - dust-like specks in her eyes constantly whizzing around.

They affected her so badly that she was reluctant to leave the house, sitting in darkened rooms for hours.

After six months of being driven to distraction and after little help from the UK's National Health Service medics who she said simply told her to "take vitamin C", Caroline researched the condition on the internet.

She found an operation called a "vitrectomy", which involves removing the vitreous fluid behind the lens of the eye.

Caroline, from Parkgate, said the results were amazing.

She added: "Having become almost agoraphobic for six months, my vision was suddenly crystal clear. I felt as though I got my life back - and could enjoy my daughter, enjoy the sunshine and start living again."

Caroline, 33, whose has a two-year-old daughter Maisie, said the condition was like having "a big black mark in her eye, constantly whizzing around".

She said: "I feel that the latter stages of pregnancy and early months with my daughter were spoiled with anxiety and depression.

sport "It was not just affecting my vision, it was affecting my sanity.

"I felt like I was going mad as my doctor and my hospital just told me I was hormonal and I should go away and take some vitamin C! People do not realize how serious floaters can be."

"I got to the point where I was too anxious to leave the house and would sit in a darkened room hour after hour because natural daylight made my vision even worse. I just wanted to sleep to escape it."

Caroline, a project manager, had the vitrectomy with specialist eye hospital group Optegra.

Experts said floaters mainly affects young adults who are told there is little or no treatment and whose distressing symptoms are frequently dismissed.

"The longstanding view has been that little can be done for sufferers but we have now removed floaters on a number of patients with excellent results."

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