From time to time, you may see small spots drift in front of your vision. Most of the time, they can be annoying but they are not going to cause any serious issues. These are known as eye floaters. Here, we want to take a look at what they are.
What are eye floaters?
In most cases, they are a small amount of protein. This protein is called collagen. It is a protein which can be found throughout your body, but this comes from the back of your eye.
Floater occur when these little bits of protein manage to escape from the back of the eye. Eye floaters will never really go away, but you are likely to notice them less over time.
When should you seek treatment?
If you have an eye floater that is causing you serious issues with your vision, then you should talk to a doctor as soon as you can. They will be able to provide you with the advice that you need. If you have a smaller floater, it is unlikely you will need to consult anybody. This is because they are not going to pose any main issues.
You should see a doctor if your floaters are accompanied by the following:
- Massive increase in the number of floaters
- Random flashes of light in your vision
- A loss of side vision
- The floaters seem to be getting worse over time.
- Eye pain
What can you do about floaters?
In most cases, you will not need to have surgery. If the floaters are annoying you, just move your eyes about. This will shift the fluid about and hopefully ensure that the floaters are not within your field of vision.
If you have serious floaters, then surgery may be the preferred option. With this, the doctor will remove the fluid at the back of the eye. A salt solution will then be put into place.
What can cause floaters?
In most cases, it is just going to be down to age. As you get older, around the age of fifty, it becomes more likely that the stuff in the back of the eye will start to break away. However, there are several issues which can cause floaters. This includes:
- Eye disease
- Injury to the eye
- Eye tumors (this is very, very unlikely)
If you have one of the following conditions, it is important that you seek help immediately:
- Detached retina
- Torn retina
- Bleeding in the vitreous (the part at the back of the eye)
- Inflamed vitreous
- Eye tumor
When you are about to have a migraine, or are in the midst of a migraine, then you may notice something in your vision which looks like a floater. This is just a visual issue. It is going to go away very quickly. You will know that it is a migraine issue because it is likely the problem will occur in both eyes at the same time.