What is a floater?

The cavity of your eye is filled with a clear jelly-like substance called the vitreous. With age, the vitreous gel begins to contract and pull away from the retina or inner lining of the eye, Through this process, small clumps may form in the vitreous gel and “float” throughout the eye cavity. These clumps cast a tiny shadow on the retina and are commonly referred to as “floaters”. Floaters are generally no cause for concern although they may pose an occasional nuisance to clear vision. However, should you experience the sudden onset of many new floaters accompanied by flashes or a “curtain” of darkness over the eye, please contact your physician immediately.

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