An Overview on Floaters, Their Cause, and Treatment

Your eye consists of a lucid gel like liquid known as the vitreous. As the person ages, this liquid also degenerates. When the person is in his or her youth, the vitreous remains continuously in a gel form. However, as the person ages, this gel form starts to turn into watery, mostly in the eyeball’s centre.

Some parts of the vitreous turns more watery and other turns to solid state. These changes occur to the vitreous more than it should. These hardened gel particles float in the diluted part of the eyes.

The question arises What are Floaters.

These small particles breaking from the back of the eye to float in front of your eye are called Floaters.


These floating particles also have the tendency to sink to the bottom of the eyeball. These particles will continue to blur the vision until they move to another area. At times, people think they are looking at something from the corner of the eye but actually, there is nothing. You can notice floaters in bright light. Against a bright light, you are able to see a shadow casted at the back of your retina.

Eye floaters can be defined as cobwebs, small spots, and specks that float in your field of vision. Ordinary floaters do not pose any threat to the eye. They are very common in the eye.

However, if the floaters emerge all of a sudden, you should seek medical advice. It may prove hazardous to the retina.Most eye floaters would not cause any major issues. For serious issues, you can resort to treatment such as Vitrectomy or Laser Vitreolysis.