Phillip Schofield and his co-host Holly Willoughby spoke candidly with Dr Sara about how to keep your eyes healthy. The This Morning host recently revealed that he suffers from eye floaters and is desperate for surgery.
The doctor explained that if this was the case, it would be considered a “medical emergency”.
Speaking on This Morning, Dr Sara explained, “Floats happen when you get tiny dots on your visual sight.
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“They tend to be more noticeable when you look at glossy white walls or a piece of paper or even the sky. ”
She continued, “Usually there is nothing to worry about, and it happens as we get older because the gelatinous substance in our eyes becomes a bit more liquefied as we get older which can cause lumps.
“It can also cause the retina to detach slightly at the edges, and that’s what causes these shadows.
“But for most people, that’s okay, your brain is actually adjusting to them and you stop seeing them. “
“Oddly enough, someone on TV contacted me the other day and said, ‘I heard you have floaters, what are you doing?’ ”
Phillip continued, “I’m on the cutting edge of all of this, let me tell you, because the only way to treat them is through a vitrectomy, where they suck the jelly out of your eye.
“Within 12 months you get a cataract, so they try to do a half-vitrectomy, which started in America – see, I know a lot!”
He added, “You have half the vitrectomy, take out the floaters, but you don’t get a cataract.