Do you see black or gray specks, or strings floating interrupting your line of vision? It could be floaters in the eyes. Eye floaters are spots, weblike lines, or rings that drift through your field of vision as you move your eyes. Though it may look like an issue with the object in front of your eyes, the issue is actually within your eyes. Do not press the panic button yet. Most of the time, they are harmless. However, they can also be a symptom of an underlying eye or health problem. It is recommended to have a  dilated eye exam within days of noticing new floaters or if you experience any change in vision after the new floaters have surfaced.

Do Floaters In The Eyes Go Away?

That depends, but usually no. Most of the time, our minds simply get used to mild floaters, and their vision is not impacted.

What Causes Floaters in The Eyes?

  • Age
  • Nearsightedness
  • Migraines or headaches
  • Medication
  • Posterior eye inflammation
  • Eye bleeding
  • Torn retina
  • Diabetic retinopathy
  • Tumors
  • Surgery

How to Treat Floaters in The Eyes?

Regular Comprehensive Eye Exam

It’s a wrong notion to not go to an eye doctor until you notice vision problems. We recommend regular visits to your ophthalmologist, or optometrist every two years. 

Healthy Diet

Incorporate leafy greens, vegetables, and citrus fruits into your diet. A healthy diet does not only improves your vision but minimizes the chances of developing future vision problems.

Never Skip Drinking Water

Stay hydrated all the time. Eye floaters can form as a result of toxin buildup in your body. Drinking water flushes out harmful toxins from your body. Increase the intake of water and decrease the chances of vision problems.

Wear Protective Eyewear

Injury in the eye is one of the major causes of eye floaters. If you are involved in physical activities, sports, etc. Make sure your eyes are always protected with eye gear.

Give Your Eyes Some Rest

Digital eye strain can be caused if you are someone who stares at their computer screen non-stop.  Every 20 minutes, look at something that’s at least 20 feet away for 20 seconds to avoid seeing floaters.

When to seek an eye specialist’s attention?

If you notice:

  • More floaters than usual
  • Flashes of light in the same eye as the floaters
  • Peripheral vision loss
  • These painless symptoms could be caused by a retinal tear, with or without a retinal detachment. If a tear develops in the retina, fluid can easily get underneath that tear and change the position of the retina leading to retinal detachment and  blindness. Retinal detachment could be a sight-threatening condition that requires immediate medical attention within days of noticing new floaters or changes in vision.
  • If floaters are not reducing and disturbing your vision a lot, sometimes a doctor may advise you to undergo Yag Vitreolysis laser treatment or vitrectomy.

If eye floaters begin to impair your vision— it’s best advised to make a doctor’s appointment right away to discuss your treatment options and the risks involved. Consult an ophthalmologist at Prasad Netralaya 一 Mangalore and Udupi’s most trusted eye care hospital. Call us at +91 9513596565 or book an appointment, if you wish to visit in person. You can also book a teleconsultation.