I can’t remember exactly when I noticed eye floaters for the first time, but I can remember thinking, “What the hell is going on? Is there something wrong with my eyes?”
You know what I’m talking about. The dark, grey, semi-translucent specks, dots and webs that wander around in your field of vision. You mostly notice them when your eyes move as you shift your focus from one thing to another. And, as most of us who have tried already know, you can’t look at them directly; they just shift and float away.
You might think that there is something wrong with your iris or even the outside lens of your eye, but eye floaties actually live inside of your eyeball.
Inside of our eyes is a jelly-like substance called vitreous gel. It’s commonly seen that, as we get older, the gel slowly starts to become more like a liquid and less like a gel, resulting in the microscopic fibers in the gel to clump together. These are what eye floaties are made of!
When light passes into the eye, the gel projects a shadow onto the retina. Any clumped up fibers or red blood cells floating around in the gel get projected onto the retina as well, producing the notorious, and somewhat annoying, shadow flecks.
Eye floaties are harmless and painless, but if you want to get rid of them, there are surgical procedures and laser treatment options available.
However, if you suddenly start seeing a large number of eye floaties in your vision, the Mayo Clinic recommends seeing an eye-specialist as soon as possible, as it might be indicative of much more serious condition.
Be sure to share with friends and loved ones who would be interested in knowing more about their eye floaties!
h/t Mayo Clinic