Many people ask about eye floaters when they are having a routine examination with their Miami eye doctor. These floaters are the specks in people’s vision that can be apparent when the eyes are either open or closed. They look like small black or grey specks, and they can also look like cobwebs or strings. For most people who have concerns about them, they notice that they seem to dart away when trying to actually focus on them. However, an eye doctor in Miami is likely going to tell their patient not to worry about these specks. They normally go away after some time, and rarely do they become so bothersome that they will require any type of eye treatment.

Eye Floaters Explained

In most cases, the floaters people are seeing are nothing to be concerned about. If the specks seem to block out a portion of a person’s vision, though, then this is something to be concerned about. Eye doctors in Miami will often tell their patients what these are and when to be concerned.

● Eye floaters are simply changes in the vitreous gel inside the eyeball that usually occur with age. This is the center portion of the eye where light traverses before it lands on the retina.

● Sometimes, microscopic fibers in the vitreous portion of the eye will begin to clump up, which can cast shadows on the retina and cause people to see floaters.

● If a sudden increase of floaters happens, it’s best to be examined by an eye doctor. In most cases people notice them, but it’s not because they suddenly became apparent.

Treating Excessive Eye Floaters

For people who are so concerned about these floaters that they need to speak with their Miami optometrist, there are some things that can be done. The first thing a doctor is going to tell their patient to do is to adjust their vision up and down several times. This usually displaces the floaters and prevents them from becoming a problem in someone’s field of vision. If the floaters are so dense that even this doesn’t help, then a vitrectomy may be considered. This is a procedure where the natural vitreous gel is removed and all of the debris that’s causing the floaters with it. It will be replaced with a salt solution, and it’s a fairly safe procedure.

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Originally posted 2017-02-25 15:28:32.