Eye Floaters Overview
Eye doctors around the world examine thousands of patients every day 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.
John D. Sheppard, MD, MMSc
David M. Salib, MD
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