Article Text

Download PDFPDF
Sudden onset single floater symptom in one eye: is urgent dilated fundal examination by an ophthalmologist warranted?
  1. Jaheed Khan, Clinical Research Fellow,
  2. Genevieve Larkin

    Statistics from

    Request Permissions

    If you wish to reuse any or all of this article please use the link below which will take you to the Copyright Clearance Center’s RightsLink service. You will be able to get a quick price and instant permission to reuse the content in many different ways.

    Report by Jaheed Khan, Clinical Research FellowChecked by Genevieve Larkin

    A shortcut review was carried out to establish whether patients with only symptom of a sudden onset uniocular floater warrant urgent referral to an ophthalmologist for specialist retinal examination to exclude retinal tears or detachment. Altogether 316 papers were found using the reported search, of which two presented the best evidence to answer the clinical question. The clinical bottom line is that patients who complain of a sudden onset single floater with no photopsia or change in visual acuity in one eye should merit urgent referral to an ophthalmologist for a detailed fundal examination.

    Clinical scenario

    A 60 …

    View Full Text


    • Funding: none.

    • Competing interests: none declared.

    • The Corresponding Author has the right to grant on behalf of all authors and does grant on behalf of all authors, an exclusive licence (or non exclusive for government employees) on a worldwide basis to the BMJ Publishing Group Ltd to permit this article (if accepted) to be published in EMJ and any other BMJPGL products and sublicences such use and exploit all subsidiary rights, as set out in our licence.