What are eye floaters?
Eye floaters are spots in the lens area of vision and may just look like black spots or spider-like webs, that appears whenever you move your eyes. It may also appear dart away whenever you try to look at them directly. These eye floaters, mostly, appear as you age. This occurs as the vitreous which is a jelly-like substance inside your eyes becomes more liquid. The microscopic fibers inside the vitreous clump and they cast shadows on your retina. These shadows are the eye floaters.
These floaters stand out when you look at something bright just like the sky on a sunny or clear day. This does not interfere with your eyesight but it is at times annoying. These shadows do not appear all the time and only happens on certain types of light.
Symptoms of eye floaters
Symptoms of this eye problem may appear in different shapes like:
- Squiggly lines
- Black or grey dots
- Dark specks or transparent strings of floating material
- Spots whenever you move your eyes
- Spots noticeable when you look at a plain background or bright background
Causes of Eye floaters
There are several causes of why these eye floaters appear and there are ways on how to get rid of eye floaters. One of the causes of this condition is just the normal aging problems. As a human being grows old, there are certain conditions that go along with it like eye floaters. As a human being age, the vitreous inside the eye that helps in maintaining its round shape changes. Over time, this liquefies which is a process that causes it to pull away from the eye’s interior surface. As it shrinks, it forms clumps. The debris blocks some of the light that passes through the eye this casting shadows in the retina. It is at times due to the swelling or bleeding at the posterior portion of the eye.
How To Get Rid Of Eye Floaters?
The benign ones do not require medical treatment but if it annoys you and you want to get rid of them, you can move your eyes to shift the fluid around. You can look up and down then side to side. But if it becomes too many and later on blocks your vision, you can have a vitrectomy. This is a surgery where the vitreous is removed and replacing it with a salt solution.