Eye Floaters: What Are They and How Do They Impact Vision?

Eye Floaters: What Are They and How Do They Impact Vision?


Have you ever noticed what looks like floating
spots, strings or cobwebs in your vision? If so, you may have eye floaters. Floaters are moving spots in your vision that
almost everyone has at some point in life. It’s like getting wrinkles but inside of your
eyes. The most common cause of floaters is when
your eye’s jelly-like internal shock absorber, known as your vitreous, breaks down with age. While they can be extremely annoying, your
brain typically learns to ignore age-related floaters over time. However, sometimes floaters are a sign of
more serious eye diseases, such as a break in the back layer of your eye known as your
retina. This is where your vision is captured for
your brain to process. If you see a sudden increase in floaters (like
someone shook up a snow globe) or flashes of light (like someone took a picture of you
but you know there are no cameras around) contact an eye care professional immediately,
as you could be experiencing an eye emergency! Are you concerned that you have abnormal floaters? What are you waiting for? Make sure to schedule an appointment with
your local eye care professional today!

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