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All About Eye Floaters

Eye Floaters are:

a. Wisps of cloud moving across the sky
b. Air-filled mattresses for summertime fun on the lake
c. Insects that have accidentally fallen into your lemonade
d. None of the above

If you chose “d,” then you are correct.

If you’ve ever noticed small specks or shadowy shapes moving in your field of vision, then yes, you have seen what are commonly called “floaters.” Floaters are not optical illusions, but rather, tiny bits of gel that occur within the eye itself.

They can appear in many forms, such as dots, lines, particles, strands, or webs, and because they are inside your eye, they move with your eyes when you look at them.

Floaters follow eye movements, such as blinking, and stop a few seconds after the eyes cease moving. They are most apparent when you are looking at a plain background: for example, a blank wall or blue sky. People may experience one or several floaters in one eye or both. Floaters are not the same as the spots you see after looking at intense light, such as from a camera flash.

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What Causes Them?

Inside your eye, there is a clear, gel-like fluid called the vitreous. As you age, the vitreous begins to liquefy and contract. Some of the gel in your vitreous may form clumps or strands inside the eye. Small flecks of protein or other material that were trapped in the vitreous when your eye was formed can also cause floaters.

The floaters you see are not the clumps or strands themselves, but actually the shadows these cast on the retina, the light-sensitive part of the eye. The retina then sends visual signals to the brain, resulting in an image.

Floaters may also result from eye surgery, eye disease, or crystal-like deposits that form in the vitreous.

If I Have Eye Floaters, Should I Be Worried?

Floaters are a natural part of the eye’s aging process. Most spots and floaters, although annoying, are harmless. Many will fade over time and become less bothersome.

However, the sudden appearance of a significant number of floaters, especially if they are accompanied by flashes of light, could indicate a detached retina or other serious vision problems, such as inflammation, high blood pressure, or hemorrhaging caused by diabetes. See your doctor if you are experiencing light flashes.

Is There a “Cure”?

There are no medications available that are effective in treating most floaters, nor will your eye exercises help, as floaters are not caused by near-point or other muscular stress. People with floaters due to inflammatory eye diseases may be helped by medicines to treat the inflammation; however, the floaters may remain after the treatment. Surgery to remove floaters is rare and only suggested for very severe cases.

Besides ignoring them, one way to deal with floaters is to move your eye around when one appears in your field of vision. This causes the fluid inside your eye to shift and allows the floater to move out of the way. Looking up and down may be more helpful for moving floaters than looking side to side.

About the Author

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Tyler Sorensen is the President and CEO of Rebuild Your Vision. Formerly, Tyler studied Aeronautics with the dreams of becoming an airline pilot, however, after 9/11 his career path changed. After graduating top of his class with a Bachelor of Science degree in Informational Technologies and Administrative Management, he and his brother decided to start Rebuild Your Vision in 2002. With the guidance of many eye care professionals, including Behavioral Optometrists, Optometrists (O.D.), and Ophthalmologists (Eye M.D.), Tyler has spent over a decade studying the inner workings of the eye and conducting research.

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21 responses to “All About Eye Floaters”

  1. Avatar for Dr.Shah-Noor Hassan Dr.Shah-Noor Hassan says:

    Nice of you to inform us different things and sharing experience.

  2. Avatar for Jaspinder Singh Jaspinder Singh says:

    Very informative article.Excellent !!!
    Thanks Tyler !!!

  3. Avatar for Kylli Kylli says:

    I have some little dark spots on eyes (iris) from early childhood. They not distrub me but I can see them if I concentrate. What is this?

  4. Avatar for Pearl Norcross Pearl Norcross says:

    I have a floater–a long cigar-shaped one
    that floats across my right eye–like a dark gray shadow resembling seeing the bottom of your upper eyelid across your vision. I can make it move up out of the line of vision, but cannot make it go away
    UNLESS I HOLD UP A MIRROW AND TURN MY BACK AND LOOK LOOK THROUGH THE MIRROW. Then the floater is completely gone–vision is completely clear. What’s up with this?

  5. Avatar for KB KB says:

    I know the theory that floaters are age related is the commonly accepted one, but I remember having floaters since I was 8 years old. I’m now nearly 40 and still have roughly the same amount of floaters. I.e. no more and no less.

  6. Avatar for Marian Pollock Marian Pollock says:

    I have had very worrying floaters in the centre of my vision and as I have only one ‘good’ eye’ it was most distressing. However since I have been taking Tyler Sorensen’s eye supplement they have almost faded totally. I am most impressed. Thank you

  7. Avatar for Stephanie Stephanie says:

    Sometime after the cataract surgery, T developed some itching caused by allergies, and then some rather large black floaters appeared. In my concern, I spoke to the Opthalmologist about them, and he had me rinse my eye lids and the lashes with plain water and a puff; the itching stopped and I was told not to worry about the floaters they will disappear, and to my amazement they actually did. Are there different kind of floaters? I will inquire on my next visit this spring.

  8. Avatar for n n says:

    i had severe retina detachment. I did not know all these symptoms – floaters and flashing. Have the eyes check (in the back) annually, and go to the emergency room right away when you have those symptoms… I lost one eye vision because i did not know!!!

  9. Avatar for Bill Bill says:


    I agree. I remember having floaters when I was a kid too. I saw them first when I was lying on my back and flying a kite.

  10. Avatar for Harv Moberg Harv Moberg says:

    I noticed over the years, the odd floaters which were in my left eye but only once in awhile…and my vision was always perfect no glasses ever…I have been aware of the eye muscles, nutrition, eye strain, exercise etc all my life.and an avid reader to boot. But then at 69 years of age it looked like a dust storm of floaters occurred in my left eye only and vision was clouded in the same left eye..and yes I saw a couple of light flashes like a camera…Next morning I went to an eye doc…A tear on my retina was the problem..I asked the doctor why? Weakness in the retina and even a heavy sneeze might have helped it happen.. He performed laser surgery right away and my left eye cleared up within two days..I have added eye and vision supplements to my daily regime..Right eye still perfect but vision still great…Bottom line, respect your vision, computer strain, and darkness are not your friends…utilize the natural daylight more,keep the light on the object..shade the eyes if u have to, but NO sunglasses. give heed to Tyler, he knows his stuff..also the metabolic syndrome leads to High blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease, some of the main causes of blindness and our eye troubles… I have gained even a lot more respect for my eyes and health…Take real care of yours….an avid reader of Orliln’s blog……..Nature Boy Harv l

  11. Avatar for Ahmed Ahmed says:

    Thanks for this information. I have been seeing these floaters since I was young. Now I am 39 and I dont see a significant change in their numbers. However, I have noticed that when there seems to be more floaters, usually, its an indication that my vision has further detriorated. I dont know if it makes any sense ?

  12. Avatar for anne anne says:

    i love this article. so educative. thanks

  13. Avatar for Ratna Bose Ratna Bose says:

    Great blog,quite informative
    Is there any medicine for curing dead optic nerves?

  14. Avatar for Gaynor Gaynor says:

    I have a friend that has a small dog that when she is inside of the house and sits looking into some lighter place from where it is sitting, all at once it will start looking aroud like she is seeing something and will start snapping into mid air, He carried her to the Vet. and he said she had some kind of a disease.
    I told him that it was floaters in the eyes and the dog thinks that it is gnats or bugs flying around her and she is trying to get them, when she snapps at them. Of course you don’t see anything flying around. He believes the Vet. over me, and thinks it is a disease.

    Thanks for the great articles.

  15. Avatar for parveen parveen says:

    i have eye floaters and i am 28 yrs old plz can u recommend me any treatment because they are very severe.

  16. Avatar for ziggy ziggy says:

    thanks so much for the info about floaters am no longer panicking.

  17. Avatar for Noor Noor says:

    Thank you very much for this informative article. I would like to add my experience to all the readers. I am 26 and I have been experiencing eye-floaters for 12 years. I never worried about them since these specks did not tend to increase significantly. As soon as I joined my university and started doing excessive work on the computer, my condition started getting from bad to worse. My eye doctors do not think that computer rays can harm my eyes so rapidly. It is the eye stress and poor environment which may likely to weaken my immune system. I would recommend all the floatiers to keep themselves healthy and try to be in an environment where you can get plenty of oxygen and do not forget green vegetables.

    all the best!

  18. Avatar for Lin Lin says:

    Why would sunglasses be a bad idea? Everything I have read through the years emphasizes wearing sunglasses.

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