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What You Need to Know About Floaters

Posted on January 24, 2024 by Janigian Retina Associates in Retina Conditions

Should I be concerned about floaters in my vision?

Floaters in the vision are extremely common. They can appear as small dots, spots, or shapes (like cobwebs or hairs) that drift across your field of vision. They are typically most noticeable when looking at a plain, bright background, such as a clear sky or blank wall.

What are floaters?

Floaters are typically caused by tiny bits of debris that float in the gel (vitreous) inside your eye. They cast shadows on the retina which creates the perception of floaters.

Should I be worried about floaters?

Sometimes floaters can suggest a more serious condition. If you suddenly experience a significant increase in the number of floaters, you are noticing flashes of light, or you have a loss of peripheral vision, it is recommended that you seek prompt medical attention.

What might be causing my floaters?

Floaters may be associated with a retinal tear or detachment which requires immediate treatment to prevent vision loss. In addition, if floaters are associated with other symptoms like eye redness, eye pain, or visual changes, it is advisable to consult an eye care professional for evaluation.
In general, occasional floaters that do not interfere significantly with your vision are considered normal. However, it is always recommended to consult a retina specialist to rule out any underlying issues.

The retina specialists at Janigian Retina Associates are all highly experienced in assessing and treating floaters. We are ready to schedule you for an emergency consultation should you have a sudden onset of floaters. Contact us today by calling 401-369-7773.