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Eye Floaters

Eye Floaters Overview

Eye doctors around the world frequently examine people for a chief complaint of floaters. Patients describe a wide variety of symptoms, usually worsened by bright lighting conditions. The vast majority of patients with eye floaters have a benign condition known as vitreous syneresis in which portions of the normally clear and transparent vitreous jelly inside the eye becomes less transparent. Rarely, eye floaters may be associated with significant ocular disease, including vitreous bleeding or hemorrhage, retinal detachment, severe ocular injury, or diabetic retinopathy. Only a qualified eye doctor can determine whether or not the symptom of eye floaters represents a serious ocular condition.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/30/2015
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What is eye floaters?

"Eye floaters" are deposits or condensation in the vitreous jelly of the eye. People use the term eye floaters to describe seeing floating spots within their vision when they look around. People describe eye floaters as spots, straight and curved lines, strings, or "O" or "C" shaped blobs. Some see a single floater while others may think they see hundreds. Floaters may be present in one or both eyes. The majority of eye floaters are caused by normal aging changes within the eye. However, a person developing symptoms of eye floaters should be checked by an ophthalmologist to make certain that there is no associated eye abnormality which requires treatment. Most floaters will fade over time and become less annoying or noticeable. Herbs, vitamins, and iodine-containing products have been touted as effective in decreasing eye floaters. However, none of these have been proven effective in clinical trials.



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