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Floaters

Some of you might have encounter tiny specks floating in front of you but just can’t get rid of it? This might most probably be….FLOATERS! 

You might find it especially common when looking directly at a light background, or when feeling light-headed. The perception of floaters is medically known as myodesopsia.

What are Eye Floaters?

Floaters are those tiny spots, specks, flecks and “cobwebs” that drift aimlessly around in your field of vision. Sometimes people may momentarily confuse them with dust or tiny insects floating across in front of the eye.

Floaters and spots typically appear when tiny pieces of the eye’s gel-like vitreous break loose within the inner back portion of the eye. When we are born and throughout our youth, the vitreous has a gel-like consistency. But as we age, the vitreous begins to dissolve and liquefy to create a watery center.

Some undissolved gel particles occasionally will float around in the more liquid center of the vitreous. These particles can take on many shapes and sizes to become what we refer to as “floaters.”

You’ll notice that these types of spots and floaters are particularly pronounced when you peer at a bright, clear sky or a white computer screen. But you can’t actually see tiny bits of debris floating loose within your eye. Instead, shadows from these floaters are cast on the retina as light passes through the eye, and those shadows are what you see.

You’ll also notice that these specks never seem to stay still when you try to focus on them. Floaters and spots move when your eye moves, creating the impression that they are “drifting.”

Are Eye Floaters Serious?

While annoying, ordinary eye floaters and spots are very common and usually aren’t cause for alarm. Everyone experiences them from time to time and they cause no ill effects.

When Should I Start to get Worried?

Floaters in front of the eyes are normally clearly visible when looking into a light background. However, if they start becoming visible in every background, Suddenly Increase in Number and are Accompanied by any Loss of Vision, it is vital that immediate medical advice is sought.

This could be an early sign of Retinal Detachment.

If the retina has become detached or has a hole in it, you will begin to experience flashing lights before your eyes and you will also be aware of numerous floaters.

Is There a Cure?

The above mentioned two symptoms will be accompanied by a loss of vision, so urgent medical advice is necessary. Surgery is required to seal any holes in the retina, or to reattach the retina to the back of the eyeball.

However as every patient’s condition is different, we strongly recommends seeking advice from Opthalmologist or Eye Doctor for further understanding and investigation.

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