Floaters are small spots, specks, clear bubbles or worm-shaped shadows that move around when you move your eyes or head. These are seen in your field of vision and are more noticeable when looking at a bright background such as a blue sky or a white wall.
Floaters occur when the clear jelly in your eye (vitreous) starts to break down or has detached from the back of the eye (the retina). This is called a posterior vitreous detachment.
Who has floaters?
Many people of all ages see floaters in their vision, but it is more common and noticeable when we get older. People who are short-sighted (having troubles seeing far distances) will tend to see more of these floaters as well.
Should I be worried?
Many floaters are normal and rarely cause any eye problems.
However, noticing many new floaters in your vision along with tiny spots of flashing lights needs to be looked at by the optometrist as soon as possible. New floaters, flashes or distortions in your vision related to the floater may be due to a tear in the back of the eye (retina). This may lead to a retinal detachment and that is why it is important to check new floaters or changes sooner rather than later.
What should I do?
If you notice floaters in your vision book in with us at Eastlakes Eye Care. Changes in the number of floaters and the presence of flashing lights in your vision are signs that you need to see your Optometrist urgently.
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