What are Floaters?

Floaters are spots, specks, webs that appear in your vision. It drifts about when you move your eyes. Generally caused by age-related changes that occur as the jelly-like substance (vitreous) inside your eyes becomes more liquid. When this happens, microscopic fibers within the vitreous tend to clump together and can cast tiny shadows on your retina, which you may see as eye floaters. Floaters can also be caused by others changes in vitreous gel e.g. bleeding or inflammation.  As a result, it is generally advisable to see an eye care practitioner with the advent of any new floaters.

If you have floaters and notice a sudden increase in the number of floaters or flashing lights or loss of peripheral vision please contact an eye specialist immediately.