Causes of Floaters
Floaters can be a normal part of aging, as the vitreous gel tends to naturally liquefy, it can often form clumps or strands. They can be annoying, but they are usually harmless. However, occasionally they are an indication of a more serious condition. If you are experiencing either a sudden increase in the number of floaters or sudden flashes of light, you should see your eye doctor immediately. By dilating your eyes, your eye doctor can evaluate the retina and vitreous. The procedure is painless and non‐invasive, and it is the only way to rule out that a serious, sight‐threatening condition exists.
It is most likely to occur in individuals who have the following risk factors: age, nearsightedness, have had YAG laser surgery, have undergone cataract surgery, and/or have experienced an inflammation inside the eye.
It’s possible that floaters will fade over time, but it’s also possible that they will not. Although the gel clumps will always remain in your eyes, they can become less noticeable with the passage of time. This may be because people become used to them by the brain learning to ignore them, or they may settle below the line of sight. Even if your floaters do become less noticeable, it’s important to have an eye examination when you experience any symptoms to rule out retinal tears and detachments.
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