Floaters

 

What are Floaters?
Floaters are little specks or cobwebs that float around in your field of vision. They are small, dark spots that can have varying shapes. They move as your eyes move and dart away when you try to look at them. Floaters are usually part of the normal aging process of the eyes. They are an annoyance, but in most cases do not represent anything harmful. With time they often become less noticeable.

 

Why do Floaters occur?
Floaters occur when the vitreous (a gel-like substance that fills the eye) slowly liquefies. The normal fibrous strands in the vitreous cast tiny shadows on the retina. These shadows move as the vitreous and strands move. The vitreous may liquefy to the point that it separates from the retina which is a vitreous separation. This causes a sudden onset of numerous floaters.

 

What should I be worried about if I have Floaters?
Sometimes floaters can represent a more serious eye problem, such as a retinal tear or detachment, inflammation, infection, or bleeding. Any new onset of floaters should be evaluated by your eye care specialist.

For more information about Floaters, you may wish to visit/contact:

National Eye Institue (NEI)
Facts About Floaters