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Bothered By Eye Floaters?

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Floaters appear as black spots that can be semi-transparent or dark and appear to float in front of your vision.

What You Should Know About Eye Floaters

Some people are born with floaters. For others, floaters occur with age, when the tiny pieces of the eye’s gel-like vitreous break loose within the inner back portion of the eye. When we are born and throughout our youth, the vitreous has a gel-like consistency. As we age, the vitreous begins to dissolve and liquefy to create a watery center. Some undissolved gel-like particles will occasionally float around the more liquid center of the vitreous, which is why we refer to them as floaters. Even though floaters can be a nuisance, most people become used to them and they rarely cause problems with your vision.

Occasionally an increase in floaters can be a sign of problems inside the eye. A sudden increase in floaters may be a sign of retinal tear, retinal detachment or other serious problems. If you notice a sudden increase in floaters – either one or more large ones or a shower of tiny ones – call Natural Vision immediately at 559-432-1000.

Written by Laura Nguyen

Dr. Laura Nguyen has extensive training in general ophthalmology and specializes in oculoplastic surgery (lid and orbital reconstruction, and laser skin resurfacing). She has treated thousands of Central Valley residents and their families. She is available for comprehensive eye examinations and special consultations.
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