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What are floaters?

What are floaters?

eye floaters | Aker Kasten eye center | Boca raton, FL At Aker Kasten Eye Center of Boca Raton, FL, our professionals routinely see patients in our practice who are worried about their vision and eyesight. When patients notice small spots and flecks in their line of vision, they may schedule an appointment to undergo an evaluation with a doctor. In many cases, these bothersome specks are known as eye floaters.

What is an eye floater?

The team of Aker Kasten Eye Center describes eye floaters are spots, specks, cobwebs, strings, or flecks that will drift in the field of vision. They are noticeable when patients move their eyes. Fortunately, these imperfections in the vision are actually extremely common and are not a reason for immediate concern.

What causes eye floaters to form?

Eye floaters are essentially pieces of vitreous that have broken loose from the back of the inner eye. The vitreous is a gel-like substance that fills the eye. Over the years, the vitreous will liquefy and become more of a watery substance, and gel particles may float loose around the eye. These bits of debris in the eye will cast shadows on the retina as light passes into the eye. The floaters are known for drifting around in one’s field of vision but don’t necessarily impact vision acuity.

When are eye floaters a serious problem?

Random eye floaters in the field of vision are completely normal. However, if the floaters in the eyes are accompanied by other symptoms such as flashes of light, it may be a sign of a more serious problem. Patients should seek medical attention as soon as possible if they are experiencing floaters with flashes as this is a sign of retinal detachment. Without fast treatment, patients may develop permanent vision loss.

Call Aker Kasten Eye Center today

Boca Raton, FL patients can call (561) 338-7722 today to schedule an appointment with our team of professionals. We are committed to ensuring patients have access to the care they need to improve their vision health and acuity. If you are dealing with floaters and want to speak to a doctor about your options, call the office today to book a visit at 1445 NW Boca Raton Boulevard.