What are Floaters?

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What are Floaters?

By aitkineyeca32139567, Dec 2 2019 02:00PM

What are Floaters?

You’re seeing specks, spots, threads, or cobweb-like objects in your field of vision, but when you try to focus on them, they never stay still long enough to be visible. What’s going on? You’re experiencing eye floaters, and although these phantom forms can be a bit unnerving at times, you likely have nothing to worry about.

Eye floaters generally occur as you age. The most common cause is from the natural degeneration of your eye’s vitreous, the gel-like substance that helps maintain the round shape of your eyeball. Over time, the vitreous can dissolve, shrink, and liquefy, causing the vitreous to have a stretched or string-like consistency. When this happens, the usually transparent vitreous casts shadows on your retina, ultimately appearing in your vision as an eye floater.

Unfortunately floaters can be a sign of something much more serious and sight-threatening… a retinal detachment. If you are experiencing any of the following signs or symptoms, it’s time to call our office:

- You suddenly begin seeing new floaters

- They interfere with your regular vision

- Your eye floaters are accompanied by flashes of light or vision loss

- Eye floaters that develop shortly after eye surgery or trauma.

Most floaters are a nuisance and are nothing to worry about, but if you experience any of the signs or symptoms listed above, call our office to schedule an appointment.

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