Eye floaters are tiny little spots in your vision. They may appear as black or gray specks or even tiny little strings that move around the eye. When you try to look directly at these floaters they seem to move away or disappear. The doctors at Swan Family Optometry in Fair Oaks, CA can examine your eyes and determine if your eye floaters are normal or if they are a sign of a more serious eye condition.
Common Causes of Eye Floaters
Eye floaters can be a natural byproduct of aging. As we get older the vitreous, or jelly-like substance inside the eyes thins and becomes watery. That causes microscopic fibers to begin clumping together and they cast shadows on the retina. The floaters you see are those shadows.
Sometimes eye floaters are a symptom of another condition. If there is inflammation in the back of the eye, debris can be released that appears as floaters. If there is bleeding somewhere in the eye then the blood cells may look like floaters. Some eye medications cause tiny air bubbles that look like floaters until they are absorbed. Floaters and other visual distortions can also occur if there is a tear or a detachment of the retina (the light-sensitive tissue lining the back of the eye). A retinal tear or detachment is a serious medical condition that needs to be promptly treated by an eye care professional.
Consult Your Eye Doctor About Floaters
You should discuss your eye floaters with a doctor of optometry during your comprehensive annual eye care appointment. If you suddenly see many new floaters or you see flashes of light or you lose some of your side or peripheral vision, you should see a doctor immediately. You could be experiencing a retinal tear or detachment and those are sight-threatening conditions.
Risk Factors for Eye Floaters
You are more likely to experience eye floaters if:
- You are more than 50 years old
- You are nearsighted
- You have suffered some type of eye trauma
- You have had cataract surgery
- You have diabetic retinopathy
- You have a history of inflammation in the eye
Schedule an Eye Exam Today
Swan Family Optometry in Fair Oaks, CA offers comprehensive eye care from regular exams to the treatment of conditions like eye floaters. Call our office at (916) 966-6080 to see one of our optometrists. Eye floaters could be a sign of a serious problem. When it comes to your vision, don’t take any chances, book your appointment today.