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Floaters

What are floaters?

Causes of floaters

Prevention / remedies / treatment for floaters

What are floaters?

Floaters are visible shapes in your vision that look like pieces of hair, threads, fragments of cobwebs, spots and blobs. They are most apparent when looking at a blank surface like a white wall or plain blue sky. These shapes can vary in size, consistency and movement. Often they are opaque.

Eye floaters also known as known as myodesopsia, myiodeopsia, myiodesopsia, or myodeopsia.

Floaters are actual particles in the eye's vitreous humour, the thick transparent gel that fills the eye. Floaters drift in this fluid, and generally follow rapid movements of the eye.

Floaters don't change much, and the most prominent continue to be seen in the field of vision for a lifetime.

Most adults have floaters in varying degrees, many children have them too.

The appearance of flashes or the sudden onset of numerous small floaters should be urgently investigated by an eye specialist, as it may indicate a detached or torn retina that can cause blindness.

Causes of floaters

Prevention / remedies / treatment for floaters

Floaters are quite common and do not intrude enough to affect the lives of most people. However in severe cases they are a nuisance and distraction. Conventional medical treatments are vitrectomy (surgery) or laser treatment.