A common complaint we hear in the office from patients is regarding eye floaters.
- What are they?
- Why am I seeing them?
- Are they harmful?
- How can I get them to go away?
What are eye floaters and why am I seeing them?
Eye floaters are protein fibers that have clumped together inside our eyes. Often they seem to appear that they are on the outside of the eye, but, actually, they are drifting within the clear, jelly-type substance that fills our eyes, called the vitreous humor. Overtime, as we age, the vitreous humor becomes more fluid, allowing the movement of proteins and the clumping formations to appear. As light enters our eyes, the protein formations cast a shadow on the retina, causing us to actually see the floaters. They may appear in many different shapes. Some people see them as spider web, or cobweb like forms; while others might see them as single worm like strands. Regardless as how they appear in your vision, they are only clumps of proteins drifting in your eye.
Are eye floaters harmful?
No, they themselves are not harmful to your eye or your health. They occur as a natural biproduct of changes in your vision. They can occur at any age, but are likely to occur more frequently as you age. Most people adapt to their occasional appearance enough to where they barely notice them. If they are bothersome to you, though, schedule an appointment with our office as they can also be an indicator of larger, more concerning diseases or conditions, such as retinal detachment. Symptoms related to eye floaters that may indicate a more serious problem are the following:
- Eye pain
- Worsening or complete loss of peripheral vision
- Sudden increase in the amount of floaters you are experiencing
- Flashes of light
- Floaters that gradually get worse.
- Floaters that appear right after surgery or trauma.
If you notice any of those symptoms, contact our office right away.
How can I make eye floaters go away?
Although you typically get accustomed to their appearance in your vision, and they are not harmful to your eye sight, some people just want the floaters to go away. Dr. Smith has recently discussed some research the shows strong evidence of eating pineapple as an option to remedy or greatly decrease eye floaters.
As always, we care about you and your eye health. We hope this information has put you at ease concernin the floaters you might be seeing in your vision. If you have additional questions or comments, please let us know. www.stonecanyoneyecare.com