Eye Floaters Directory
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.
When To Call The Doctor about Floaters in Your Eye
Mild floaters are a normal part of aging. Floaters that suddenly occur more often, won’t go away, or happen with other eye symptoms, may mean a serious problem.
Eye Floaters: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment
WebMD explains the causes, symptoms, and treatment of eye floaters, and when to seek immediate medical attention.
Vitrectomy is the surgical removal of the vitreous gel from the middle of the eye. It may be done when there is a retinal detachment, since removing the vitreous gel gives your eye doctor (ophthalmologist) better access to the back of the eye.
Noninfectious Uveitis: Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatment
You can protect your vision by knowing the signs of noninfectious uveitis, a rare condition that causes eye pain, redness, and swelling.