What are Floaters?

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Eye floaters, those tiny specks or cobweb-like shapes drifting across your vision, can be a common phenomenon that often occurs due to age-related changes in the vitreous gel inside the eye. While typically harmless, persistent or sudden onset of floaters could indicate underlying eye conditions such as retinal detachment or vitreous hemorrhage, necessitating prompt evaluation by an eye care professional. Understanding the causes and implications of eye floaters is essential for timely diagnosis and appropriate management, ensuring optimal eye health and visual clarity.

Key Information: 

1. Age-related changes: As individuals age, the vitreous gel inside the eye undergoes natural changes, becoming more liquefied and developing clumps or strands. These changes can cast shadows on the retina, leading to the perception of floaters.

2. Posterior vitreous detachment (PVD): PVD occurs when the vitreous gel detaches from the retina, often causing floaters and flashes of light. This detachment can occur as part of the aging process or due to trauma to the eye.

3. Eye trauma or injury: Impact to the eye can disrupt the delicate structures within, resulting in the release of blood or debris into the vitreous. These foreign particles can manifest as floaters in the field of vision.

4. Eye inflammation: Conditions like uveitis or posterior uveitis, characterized by inflammation in the eye, can lead to the formation of floaters. Inflammatory responses within the eye can cause debris to accumulate in the vitreous, resulting in visual disturbances.

5. Retinal tears or detachment: Tears or detachment of the retina can cause bleeding in the vitreous cavity, resulting in the appearance of floaters. Blood or other fluids released into the vitreous can cast shadows on the retina, leading to the perception of floating particles.

6. Eye surgeries: Procedures such as cataract surgery or vitrectomy may inadvertently introduce floaters as a side effect. Surgical manipulation within the eye can disrupt the vitreous gel, leading to the formation of floaters post-operatively.

7. Eye conditions: Certain ocular conditions like diabetic retinopathy or macular degeneration can predispose individuals to the development of floaters. Structural changes or abnormalities in the retina or vitreous can contribute to the presence of floaters in the visual field.

8. Systemic diseases: Systemic health conditions such as diabetes or hypertension can impact the health of the eyes and contribute to the development of floaters. Compromised blood flow or metabolic imbalances can affect the integrity of ocular structures, leading to visual disturbances like floaters.

Peachtree Ophthalmology- Eye Doctor Near Me in Norcross GA

Professional Evaluation: Our office advises individuals experiencing a sudden onset of floaters, flashes of light, or other visual disturbances to seek prompt professional evaluation. These symptoms may indicate retinal issues that require immediate attention. 

Understanding eye floaters is crucial for distinguishing between routine visual occurrences and potential signs of more serious eye conditions. At Peachtree Ophthalmology, we provide comprehensive insights to empower individuals in their eye health journey. Schedule  your Appointment today. 

How To Contact Us

Our eye clinic is ideally located close to the intersection of Holcomb Bridge Rd and Spalding Dr. Serving Norcross GA, Duluth, Sandy Springs, Roswell & Johns Creek.

Address

4045 Wetherburn Way, Ste 1
Peachtree Corners, GA 30092

Phone & Fax

770-285-7910
770-609-8356

Office Hours

Mon - Fri: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sat & Sun: Closed

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