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    An eye floater is an image formed by a deposit of protein drifting about in the vitreous, the clear, jelly-like substance that fills the middle of the eye. It seems to drift in front of the eye, but it does not block vision. The floater is a result of debris from the vitreous casting a shadow on the retina. Floaters are often described by patients as spots, strands, or little flies. Floaters are usually benign, occasionally resulting from a separation of the vitreous gel from the retina, called posterior vitreous detachment (PVD). The condition is common among people over 50 years of age and is not serious.

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