What are floaters in the Eye?

Have you recently started seeing some web or spots like structures floating in front of your eyes? Then you might have been suffering from a common eye related problem called floaters, which affects millions of people across the globe. Moreover, almost every individual tends to get affected by this problem at some or the point during his or her life time. The term floater is actually a catchall term that is widely used for threads, webs or specks like structures that appear in the field of vision of humans on an occasional basis. However, the problem occurs when these floaters begin to appear on a frequent basis because they can very much be a warning signal for wear and tear happening inside your eyes. Therefore, in such a situation, it is best to seek the advice of an experienced and reputed eye specialist who can diagnose the problem and treat it before it causes further damage to your eyes.

So what are floaters?

A floater can actually be described as a cluster of cells or protein that gets deposited in the white portion of eye ball called vitreous humor. Vitreous happens to be a very clear and stable gel like structure that covers almost 70% of eyeball. It acts as a pathway for light to make way through it as it reaches the retina through the lens of human’s eyes. It remains very much connected to retina, which is again a cluster of cells which are very sensitive to any form of light. It is located right at the wall of an eyeball and is responsible for capturing images and then sending it to the brain through a group of nerves called optic nerves.

So what you see as floating in front of your eyes is not actually floating but the shadow that is casted on the walls of retina due to deposition of proteins or cells in clusters. This is the very reason why they move along with the movement of all eyeball as you just cannot escape or catch them. And it is precisely because of this reason that they tend to be zooming away the moment you try to focus on them.


The good part, however, is that they are harmless. However, if they have begun to trouble you more often than not, then it is best to see an eye surgeon who will treat the problem using highly advanced treatments which are on offer these days.


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