Vitreous Floaters

Vitreous Floaters

WHAT ARE VITREOUS OR EYE FLOATERS?​

Eye floaters are often thought to be an optical illusion. They are seen more clearly when looking at something bright, like a white paper or the blue sky. Floaters appear as grey or black specs or strands that drift through your vision. They are indeed small solids in the jelly of your eye floating around, projecting shadows on the nerve layer of your eye. It is seen with ageing and often not serious. If you have a sudden onset or increase in floaters it may be a sign of a more serious eye disease and you should consult your eye doctor.

How do you treat eye floaters?

If you have a sudden onset or increase in eye floaters visit your ophthalmologist for an eye evaluation. In certain cases, it may be an indication of a more serious eye condition. Most often it is benign and may require no treatment. Your eye doctor or optometrist may advise that you just wait and see. Often floaters seem to disappear as your brain gets used to them. After a few months you may have forgotten that they were ever there. If after 3 months, the floaters are still a nuisance and impair your vision you should visit your ophthalmologist again. Treatment options that may be considered at this time includes laser therapy that breaks up the floaters or surgery that removes and replaces the jelly in your eye. Laser therapy can be done in your doctor’s rooms and is a relatively quick procedure. Surgery is usually performed for severe cases in a hospital theatre, and it is often only a day procedure.