Eye Floaters

What are Eye Floaters?

As you grow older, your eyes inevitably age with you. Any vision damage will no doubt take a significant toll on your life, so it is critical to schedule routine eye exams and to consult your eye care specialist whenever you suspect something is amiss.

Among these aging anomalies are eye floaters. Eye floaters are usually harmless, though they can be annoying. You will likely notice them most when glimpsing something bright, and they usually resolve on their own. They may even cast a slight shadow over your field of vision. It is common to experience eye floaters over time without incident.

However, if they are a persistent problem, you should consult your eye care specialist to rule out any other potentially dangerous underlying issues.

When are Eye Floaters Serious?

Most of the time, eye floaters are simply a sign of aging. However, if they increase in incidence, it is time to consult your eye care professional. If you have noticed symptoms such as a loss of peripheral vision and flashes of light, it could be a sign of a medical emergency. Eye floaters may indicate a retinal detachment, a retinal tear, or bleeding within the eye. Eye disease or an eye injury can also cause eye floaters.

Treatment of Eye Floaters

Benign eye floaters do not require treatment, and will resolve on their own. However, if the floaters are bothering you, try eye exercises such as looking up and down to have the floaters drift out of your field of vision. If the floaters are obscuring your vision, your doctor may recommend that you have a vitrectomy. Floating debris will be removed with saline solution.

Ask the Experts

If persistent eye floaters are ruining your quality of life, schedule an eye exam with Dr. Ghosheh today. For this and all other eye-related questions and concerns, consult the specialists at Advanced Eye Medical Group.