FLOATERS

Floaters

Floaters are small, semi-transparent specks or particles and sometimes ‘strings’ within the eye that become noticeable when the fall within the line of sight. They may also appear with flashes of light. Almost everyone at some time will notice floaters. They can occur more frequently and become more noticeable as you grow older.

The inner part of your eye is made up of a clear, jelly-like substance called the ‘vitreous’. The vitreous is made up of protein. Protein tends to clump together over time, creating protein strands and clumps. These are what make up floaters.

If you notice a sudden change in your floaters, you should have your optometrist examine your eyes. Occasionally, floaters may be associated with retinal holes and detachments, and serious inflammations inside your eyes.