What are floaters?

Floaters, floaters and more floaters … Floaters (big or little) are black specks that drift up and down or side to side in our line of sight. What a nuisance!! Floaters are generally no cause for concern, but here goes with the technical stuff. The cavity of your eye is filled with a jelly-like substance called vitreous. As we age … seems like we hear that cliché often enough….this jelly begins to contract and pull away from the retina. Small clumps (floaters) may form in the retina, cast a shadow with the result being those pesky floaters. Typically, not sight-threatening; however, if you have a change in the normal pattern of your floaters, or a new onset with flashes of light, or a curtain of darkness, please contact your Center For Sight physician immediately. Floaters can be a symptom of a retinal tear or detachment.

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