Eye floaters appear as spots in your vision. They may appear as gray or black specks, cobwebs, or even strings that drift and move as you move your eyes. As you try to look at them directly, they will quickly move away. Sometimes these floaters can occur due to age-related changes. If they are becoming a problem, you can always seek the help of an optometrist. We can perform an eye exam here at River City Vision Center in Jacksonville, FL to determine if your floaters are an issue that requires prompt treatment.
Causes & Symptoms
Eye floaters may occur with the normal process of aging. However, this is not always the case, and sometimes it may be caused by other conditions and diseases such as:
- Inflammation of the eye: This condition is also known as posterior uveitis. It can be caused by inflammatory diseases or even infection.
- Bleeding within the eye: Many causes are apparent with bleeding in the eye including hypertension, diabetes, injury, and blocked blood vessels.
- Retinal tears: If a sagging vitreous pull on the retina with enough force, the tearing can occur. Retinal detachment can result if this condition is not treated right away.
- Eye medications and surgeries: Air bubbles can form in the eyes by certain medications injected into the vitreous. The eye will absorb them but until then, they are seen as shadows.
Symptoms of eye floaters can include:
- Specks that move as you move your eyes. When you try to look at them, they will quickly move away from your field of vision.
- Small shapes in your vision may appear as dark spots, floating material, or strings that are transparent.
- Tiny strings or shapes that will settle down and move out of your field of vision.
- Spots that are more apparent when you look at a bright, plain background such as a white wall.
Diagnosis & Treatment
Your eye doctor will perform an eye exam which will include dilation of the eyes to see the back of your eyes as well as the vitreous. This will help the doctor identify the cause of your floaters. Treatment will depend on the cause of your floaters. For example, if you have an underlying cause such as diabetes, you will need to treat your diabetes. Most eye floaters do not require any treatment even though they can become rather annoying. It will take some time before you can adjust to them and learn to ignore them. Treatment is necessary if you are dealing with eye floaters that affect your vision, which is rather rare. Treatment will include either surgery to remove the vitreous or a laser to disrupt the floaters.
Schedule an Appointment with Our Eye Doctor in Jacksonville, FL
For more information on floaters or to schedule an appointment with our optometrist, call River City Vision Center today at (904) 696-2027.