What Are Eye Floaters?
Eye floaters are spots in your vision that drift during eye movement. These eye flashes can become more intense when you look at something bright, such as the blue sky, sun, or artificial light flashes.
Some eye flashes might appear as black spots in vision, dots, or cobwebs that seem to dart away from you when attempting to look directly at them. In very rare cases, they are cause for concern, but it is important to contact your eye doctor immediately if you experience such symptoms.
What causes eye floaters?
Symptoms of eye floaters
Am I at risk for floaters?
As we age, it’s not uncommon to experience vision problems such as eye floaters. While they don’t typically pose any serious harm, they can indicate underlying health issues such as high blood pressure. Additionally, individuals who suffer from migraines or have undergone eye surgeries may also be more prone to floaters.
If you’re concerned about your general or peripheral vision, it’s always best to consult with your eye specialist to see if you require treatment. They can offer advice on how to manage your symptoms and ensure that any potential health issues are addressed.
When should you see a doctor?
Other signs that suggest you should speak with a doctor include an increased number of black dots, flashes of light or squiggly lines in vision, particularly in the same eye as pre-existing floaters. Darkened vision on the sides of the eye could also be a telltale sign. These symptoms could be linked to more serious issues, such as a retinal tear.
A retinal tear is a serious condition that should be treated immediately. If untreated, it could lead to permanent vision loss. If you have experienced any of these symptoms related to your eye floaters, you should speak to your doctor immediately to ensure you get any necessary treatments to maintain good eye health.
How will my eye doctor check for floaters?
During a dilated eye exam, your eye doctor will carefully inspect your eyes for any abnormalities, including floaters. To check for floaters, your eye doctor will use a special instrument to look at the inside of your eye.
They may also shine a bright light into your eye to better see any changes or irregularities. By carefully examining your eyes, your eye doctor can identify any issues, such as retinal tears early and help keep your vision clear and healthy.
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Can a pair of glasses treat eye floaters?
Other ways to treat eye floaters
When you have eye floaters diagnosed by a professional, they do not usually require any intervention. Eye floater treatments depend on the severity of the symptoms. If you have experienced a retinal tear or detachment, then treatment may include a laser or freezing treatment.
What may occur is that this symptom of spotty vision or burst blood vessels will indicate a greater problem that could involve a surgical procedure. For cases of age-related vision spots, no treatment is recommended, just diligent monitoring of new floaters that appear.
In this case, eye floaters shouldn’t threaten your overall vision.
If your vision bothers you, try shifting your eyes up and down to shift the fluid around. This exercise can help eliminate the problem. For other recommended eye exercises, discover our guide to keeping your eyes fit and healthy. Finally, if you have any other concerns or are in need of more eye health-related information, visit our Optical Centre.