What Are Eye Floaters?

By Modern Optometry

You’re enjoying a normal day, and all of a sudden you start seeing spots, threads, or cobweb-like objects in your field of vision, but when you concentrate and try to pull focus on them, you can't seem to do it. What could be causing this? You’re experiencing eye floaters, and although these strange forms can be a bit scary at times, you likely have nothing to worry about.

Eye floaters generally occur more and more as you get older, and is a natural phenomenon that's caused by the degeneration of your eye’s vitreous, which is a gel-like substance that helps maintain the round shape of your eyeball. As you age, the vitreous can get smaller, start to disappear, and liquefy, causing the vitreous to have a string-like consistency. This will cause your usually transparent vitreous to cast shadows on your retina.

Usually, eye floaters affect the elderly, diabetics, or people who have had cataract surgery. Keep in mind, the occasional floater should cause you no concern, but in some situations, eye floaters could mean something more serious.

If you are experiencing any of the following signs or symptoms, it’s time to call our office:

  • You suddenly begin seeing floaters on a regular basis
  • They interfere with your regular vision
  • You also experience flashes of light, vision loss, or pain
  • Eye floaters that follow an eye surgery or trauma

Keep track of your floaters and immediately call us if you suspect that you’re experiencing abnormal eye floater behavior.




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