Sometimes, people experience some thread or some object coming before
their eyes disturbing their vision. These threads or objects are called floaters.
Although these objects are not harmful, one should consult an eye specialist in this case because it can be cured permanently.
Since now, you have become aware of what floaters are, you can describe it to your near and dear ones if they are feeling the same way.Most of the times, these floaters are harmless and go on their own.
Are My Eyes Also at a Risk of Getting Floaters?
Most people are ignorant about the fact that ‘floaters eye’ is one of the most common conditions experienced along with the aging process. 50%of people, who are over 70 years of age, experience ‘floaters eye’ and it is quite possible that it can occur to anyone who is over 40 years of age.People falling in any one (or more) of the below-listed categories are more likely to be affected by floaters:
- Patients who have undergone a cataract surgery
- Pregnant women
- Myopia (nearsightedness)
What is actually meant by Eye Floaters?
Sometimes, busted blood vessels of the eye that have sustained some injury can also account responsible for causing floaters. However, the most common cause of eye floaters can be attributed to the aging process. Protein eye floaters generally result from accumulation of small bits of solid tissues in the thick clear fluid filling the eyeball.
This fluid is known as the Viterous Gel. In the young age, the vitreous gel is a very solid, firm, gelatinous substance. As a person ages, the vitreous gel gradually gets converted into a liquid. This process of transition of the vitreous gel into a liquid substance is known as Syneresis. During the process of synersis, some more of the floaters or the solid vitreous tissues start casting a reflection on the retina as they move. So, even though these eye floaters are absolutely clear, their shadow gives them the illusion of being dim. Thus, people experience them as dark cobwebs, strings, specks, clusters, specks, dots, or globs.
How Harmful Can Be Eye Floaters?
Although one feels annoyed when the floaters create a distraction in the vision, it is a fact that they do not cause any serious harm to the eyes. After some time, you may feel that floaters have disappeared but in reality, this is not the case. The actual condition is that you become habitual to the condition and your brain filters the floaters out. For instance, same is the case with the sense of smell. When you spray it on your body, it is noticeable. After some time, you get used to it and you barely feel the smell, but other people are able to notice its aroma.
Generally, eye floaters are considered harmless, but in some cases, they can be the indication of some serious problem associated with eyes, such as carotid artery disease, retinal bleeding (vitreous hemorrhage), a retinal tear or detachment, and diabetic retinopathy. In case of the symptoms mentioned below, it is advisable to check with your physician and go for an immediate examination.
When is it the Right Time to Approach My Doctor?
- Floaters are causing an impaired or decreased vision
- You are experiencing big floaters
- There is a loss of the peripheral vision
- There is a sudden block of vision by emergence of black dots
- Pain or headache is experienced followed by the emergence of floaters
- Experience of a sudden, rapid development of more floaters within a period of a few minutes or hours