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Research and awareness for severe eye floaters

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I and others all over the world suffer from a highly symptomatic and disturbing form of eye floaters that never, ever go away or leave the field of vision. A constellation of debris is always swirling around my view of the world. Even simple pleasures such as enjoying the scenery or relaxing on a walk or a bicycle ride is now a chore. 

If medical professionals dismiss or downplay patient suffering, there can be extra distress in addition to the daily torment of the disturbed vision caused by floaters. This must change.

Eye floaters can range all the way from the barely noticeable (very common and normal thing for most people), to so severe it is difficult to perform day to day tasks due to the inability to see through the floaters in almost all lighting conditions.

The visual disturbance from symptomatic floaters can result in much psychological torment, as well as severe depression and anxiety from the loss of clear vision.

One reason floater sufferers are often believed to be exaggerating their condition may be because the inside of their eyes may not appear much different from 'non-floater eyes' under standard medical examination. However, as of recent years some eye doctors are now aware or becoming aware that it is often difficult or even impossible to reliably assess even highly symptomatic floaters with the current diagnostic methods, especially the type of floaters more posterior in the vitreous. Even seemingly insignificant floaters from the doctor's point of view can in reality be very visually significant due to their position in the vitreous, as well as attributes such as high mobility and light scattering phenomena.

I hope that this petition achieves 2 things:

1. Cause the medical community to re-evaluate the existing dogma in the diagnosis and management of eye floaters, and start or accelerate a paradigm shift.

This may lead to developments such as improved methods to appreciate the impact of floaters on the patient's quality of life, and to reduce the incidence of misdiagnosing patients with psychosomatic disorders. Achieving this goal may involve developing new or modified screening methods that make it possible in detecting the true impact of microscopic floaters in the pre-macular bursa region of the eye, not only the large and dense ones in the middle or anterior of the eye that are easy to visualise from the doctor's perspective. As it stands, doctors cannot reliably assess the significance of many types of floaters, especially those types in younger patients. 

2. Instigate research for more effective and safer eye floaters treatments, develop new management protocols and tools specifically for the diagnoses of vitreous floaters.