Floaters

If you have any of these floater symptoms, please come see us in Boca Raton

Floaters | Vitreous Treatment in Boca RatonFloaters | Vitreous Treatment in Boca Raton

The vitreous space located between the lens of the eye and the retina is filled with a material called vitreous, which is similar to clear jello. As we age, the normal jello-like consistency of the vitreous begins to liquify. The vitreous may contract and pull away from its natural attachments on the inside surface of the eye. When it pulls free, it is often accompanied by light flashes and the appearance of a new black spot or floater. This is called vitreous detachment. Vitreous detachment by itself is not dangerous, but it can be accompanied by more serious eye conditions such as retinal tears and vitreous hemorrhage. These occur when the strong attachments of the vitreous to the retina do not separate properly, tearing the retina or retinal blood vessels. This often leads to new floaters and persistent light flashes. We suggest that anyone with symptoms of a vitreous detachment have an eye examination to make certain that a more serious problem is not present.

Are Floaters Dangerous?

Normal floaters are not dangerous and are caused by tiny specks of tissue inside the vitreous. When light hits these pieces of tissue, it creates shadows on the retina that appear to float across your field of vision. It may appear that these specks are on the front surface of your eye, but they are actually inside. Except in rare circumstances, floaters are no cause for alarm and no treatment is necessary. However, a sudden increase in new floaters may indicate a problem, and an eye examination is recommended if this occurs.