Monday, January 25, 2010

Floaters

What are Floaters?
Floaters are debris that is in the Vitreous Humor of the eye that seem to float around when you move your eye. They can look like little black or gray specks, cobwebs, small dark shapes that look like spots, thread-like strands, or squiggly lines in various shapes and densities. Often they may seem to dart away when you try to look at them directly. They are not on the surface of your eyes, but in the Vitreous Humor inside the eye. They can follow your eye movements precisely and may continue to drift when your eyes stop moving.

Many floaters are caused by age-related changes that occur to the Vitreous Humor or jelly-like substance inside your eye. Microscopic fibers within the vitreous tend to clump together. These clumps of debris float around within the vitreous cavity and they can cast tiny shadows on your retina, which you may see as floaters. Most of the time you don't actually see the debris, but see a shadow cause by the light reflected of the floater. Floaters can become apparent when looking at a bright background such as a plain white wall or a blue sky.

To learn more about floaters, their causes, risk, frequently asked questions and possibility of treatment, visit our website www.doctorseyeinstitute.net and click on Eye Conditions.

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