The Truth About Eye Floaters
It seems that everyone has experienced eye floaters at one time of another. The big question has always been if this condition is of any danger to a patient or is the condition simply an annoyance? Vitreous floaters or eye floaters or as they sometimes are simply referred to as “floaters” become apparent when tiny bits of matter are suspended in the vitreous. The vitreous is a substance that is gel-like in composition that helps the eye to maintain its shape.
Vitreous floaters are seen as shapes that are described as dark and small. In some instances they resemble tiny moving spots or threads. Because they move or float, they get the name “floaters.” As these “specs” of matter float around the eye and are observed in the field of vision that can become annoying. Generally speaking, this is not a serious condition, where most people simply ignore their presence and live a perfectly normal life with no degradation of overall vision quality. However, there are other more serious related conditions that should be addressed.
Other diseases and conditions can indeed cause floaters. These include infections, bleeding, retinal tears, as well as injury to the eye. Patients should be aware of a sudden increase in the overall number of floaters in the field of vision. When there is a notable increase in floaters that is associated with flashes of light in peripheral or side visual fields there may be indication of retinal detachment. Retinal detachment is considered a serious condition that can cause permanent vision loss within a matter of days. Conversely, vitreous floaters are common and are considered a part of the natural aging process for most people.
Other people that commonly experience floaters include those with diabetes and those that are nearsighted. In addition, those that have gone through cataract surgery also commonly report the presence of floaters. The key point to remember is that when floaters are indeed associated with bright flashes of light that medical attention should be sought out immediately. Arizona Eye Center understands the annoyance of common floaters and the urgency of properly diagnosing retinal detachment. Contact Arizona Eye Center anytime you have a concern related to your vision. Arizona Eye Center offers the care you trust and the expertise you expect.