Eye Floaters

Do you see spots in front of your eyes or maybe you think you see something out of the corner of your eye, but when you turn your head, it’s gone? This may be a symptom of eye floaters. Eye floaters usually appear as small dots that glide around when your eyes are in motion.

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Why do eye floaters develop?

Eye floaters are often caused by aging. There is a gelatinous material in the back of the eye that liquefies as a person gets older. Clusters of debris within the substance float around and throw minuscule tiny silhouettes onto the retina, causing eye floaters

You may be at risk for eye floaters if you are over 50 years of age, have had an eye inflammation, are diabetic, or have had cataracts surgery.

What are the symptoms of having eye floaters?

Some symptoms of eye floaters are:

  • Dark spots in your vision that appear as specks of floating material
  • Specks that move when you move so when you try to look at them, they drift out of your line of vision.

What causes eye floaters?

Although it’s uncommon, floaters can also be caused from:

  • Eye disease
  • Injuries to the eye
  • diabetes

Some serious eye conditions connected with floaters include:

  • Detached retina
  • Vitreous bleeding
  • Eye tumors

Eye Floaters usually go away after a short time. However, if you notice a sudden flurry of eye floaters or have a shadowing of peripheral vision, contact an optometrist right away. These issues can herald a serious problem that necessitates immediate attention.

If you live in or near Columbia, Missouri, contact Andrew Stone Optometry on Cherry Hill Dr. in Colombia. Dr. Stone will conduct a complete eye exam including eye dilation and examine the back of your eye.

What are the treatment options for eye floaters?

Sometimes no treatment is necessary. However, if you have so many eye floaters that your vision is blocked, an optometrist may suggest a vitrectomy. During this surgical procedure, the vitreous is removed through a small incision and replaced with a salt solution. Another option is to use a laser to break up the eye floaters and make them less aggravating.

Remember, anyone can have eye floaters, but they are most common in older adults. They are usually temporary and subside after a short time. However, if you notice a sudden onset of floaters or problems with peripheral vision, you need to see an optometrist right away. Dr. Andrew Stone can provide a diagnosis and offer treatment options.

Contact Andrew Stone Optometry Today!

Call Andrew Stone Optometry at (573) 445-7750 today. Andrew Stone Optometry is located at 2012 Cherry Hill Dr. Suite 201, Columbia, Missouri, 65203.

The staff at Andrew Stone Optometry is dedicated to giving personal care to each and every patient. At Andrew Stone Optometry, the friendly, professional staff provides vision care in a medical office equipped with the latest technology.

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