All about Eye Floaters

What are eye floaters?

Have you ever encountered, noticed small moving spots that appear your field of vision? These moving spots are called eye floaters. Generally, floaters in eye do not interfere with person’s sight but in some cases these can be annoying too. Particularly, these are noticeable when you look at brighter things like, up in the sky, or at white paper. Some people learn to adjust with these floaters and some want them to be treated. Because in some cases (in certain types of lights), when an eye floater is larger it can create a subtle shadow over person’s vision which can be very annoying and not comfortable. There are benign eye floaters that become bothersome enough to consider treatment. We will be discussing about treatments in blog after the understating the causes and symptoms.

What are the causes of eye floater?

Collagen is responsible for them. Mostly, eye floaters are caused by small flecks of a protein that we call as collagen. Let’s try and understand it in a more easy way. The back compartment of human eye is filled with vitreous humor. Vitreous humor is a gel like substance. This substance with its millions of fine small flecks of protein fibers start shrinking and become shred-like, as a person ages. These shreds can mount up in the vitreous that can cause a change in the amount of light that hits the retina. As we all know, retina is the light-sensitive tissue in the back of the eye. So, this change causes the symptoms of eye floaters. Eye floaters can result from other eye surgery or eye diseases as well.

What are the symptoms?

Eye floaters dart away when we try to focus on them, generally. And they move as the eyes move. They can appear in the different shapes such as black or gray dots. There can be squiggly lines. There can be threadlike strands, which can be knobby and semi-transparent. A person may notice Cobwebs and Ring shaped.

Treatments for Eye Floaters

In some cases, eye floaters are a sign of a more serious condition. In such situations immediate medical attention is considered. Treatment of vitreolysis for floaters is a non-invasive procedure. This pain-free process helps in eliminating the visual disturbance caused by floaters. A treatment involves, use of laser light with nanosecond pulses. It is used to evaporate the collagen and hyaluronan molecules within the floater. This helps in converting them to a gas. And the floater is removed or reduced in size. Considerably, this procedure helps in improving quality of vision.

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