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Question:
Do contacts cause floaters to become larger and more frequent? Do they also aid in the beginning of flashes?

Answer:
Contacts do not cause floaters to become larger, although you might become more aware of them with visual improvement. Contacts also do not cause flashes. If you have flashes and/or an increase or change in floaters, especially suddenly, this may be a sign of a more serious problem within the eye, having nothing to do with the contacts. You should have a dilated eye exam by a Eye M.D. (ophthalmologist) to be certain that you don't have problems within the eye.

Answered by: Ivan Schwab, MDDr. Ivan Schwab

Categories: Eye Conditions, General Eye Health

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