What are Eye Floaters

Have you been experiencing small, almost unnoticeable gray marks in your eyes lately? Well, chances are rife that you could be having floaters in the eye. Floaters are considered harmless but may be responsible for a seemingly out of vision condition.

They take the resemblance of circles, cobwebs and sometimes they may appear like small strings in the eye. That floaters are harmless doesn’t take away the fact that they can become a bother and may cause distraction more so if you’re trying to focus on a stretch of light like an azure blue sky or a while wall. However floaters don’t impede eyesight.

The occurrence of floaters can happen in either of the eyes or both. Nevertheless, floaters don’t have to be the same in resemblance. There is a like hood of having more floaters in one eye than the other and the way they move within the eye may be different as well.

A good number of people simply live with floaters in the eye owing to the fact that they cause no harm. The condition of floaters generally improves with time. It is not common to experience a case where floaters have becomes so serious to warrant treatment. 

Rarely, floaters may be depicting the presence of a more serious condition. . Be sure to seek medical attention if you notice an abrupt increase in the number of floaters. Medical attention should also be sought if they come together with flashes of light or impaired eyesight. Don’t hesitate to see a doctor if you notice these conditions because you may risk total loss of eyesight if you don’t. Symptoms that accompany serious cases of floaters include:

· Posterior uveitis – This is a condition, where there a certain amount of inflammation in the urea, the central part below the sclera and the part of your eye that appears whitish.

· Floaters brought about by a previous surgery or injury to the eye

· A worn out or degenerated retina. It is important to mention that the retina is the tissue found at the eye’s back and is linked to converting images perceived by the eye into signals for the brain which in turn interprets the images for us. 

What Causes Eye Floaters?

These spots are most of the time caused by a shift in the vitreous humor which is a clear gel located in between the lens and the retina. As you grow older, the gel assumes a microscopic form and the fibers located in the retina start to amass together forming objects that look like shreds. Due to this, the masses formed transmit shadows. It is these shadows that you perceive instead of the floaters themselves. These masses move in tandem with the eyes since they’re located inside the eye’s fluid.

Other factors that lead to formation of floaters include:

· Diabetic retinopathy.

· Injury to the eye.

· Formation of tumors in the eyes, although this is not common.

· Tearing of the retina.

· Inflammation of the retina usually brought about by fungal or viral infection or inflammation that is auto immune.

· Bleeding of the vitreous.

· Deposits of masses in the vitreous.

· Impassiveness of the retina.

A rare kind of eye floaters is associated with the unending headaches and visual aura.

Anyone is susceptible to floaters but they mostly tend to appear in persons between the ages of 50 to 80 years old. If you’re diabetic, then your chances of developing floaters are relatively high. The scenario is the same if you’re diagnosed with nearsightedness. 

When to See a Doctor

It may be essential that you seek medical attention if:

· The condition of the floaters seem to deteriorate with time more so when the changes are abrupt.

· Floaters are a resultant of surgery or trauma.

· You experience pain in addition to having floaters in the eyes.

· You have episodes of loss in sight or experiencing flashes of light.

Treatment… Like earlier mentioned, floaters are harmless and almost don’t require medical treatment. As a matter of fact you can naturally make your eyesight better by rolling your eyes and shutting them once in a while to enhance the moisture content.

If the floaters are so intense to a point of reducing the eyesight, you may consider going through an eye surgery. This is a process called vitrectomy and it seeks to get rid of vitreous and any floating material that is later reinstated with a salt solution.