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What causes eye floaters?

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Dr. Jack Sipperley
Ophthalmology
4 doctors agree

In brief: The Vitreous

The vitreous is composed of a clear liquid called hyaluronic acid and fibers called collagen.
As we age the vitreous becomes less solid and the collagen fibers become more visible (synuresis). The spots you see are these collagen fiber clumps. They do not cause harm to the eye, they just get in the way. If they are very prominent and reduce visual function they can be removed with a vitrectomy.

In brief: The Vitreous

The vitreous is composed of a clear liquid called hyaluronic acid and fibers called collagen.
As we age the vitreous becomes less solid and the collagen fibers become more visible (synuresis). The spots you see are these collagen fiber clumps. They do not cause harm to the eye, they just get in the way. If they are very prominent and reduce visual function they can be removed with a vitrectomy.
Dr. Jack Sipperley
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Dr. Michael Ham
Ophthalmology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Floaters

It sounds as if you have had a posterior vitreous detachment.
This is a situation where the vitreous(jelly) of the eye detaches (not a retinal detachment), it then "crumples" up leaving dots, spots, strands of blurry vitreous; i.e. The "floater". You should have an exam to ensure the incident did not tear the retina, which could lead to a retinal detachment.

In brief: Floaters

It sounds as if you have had a posterior vitreous detachment.
This is a situation where the vitreous(jelly) of the eye detaches (not a retinal detachment), it then "crumples" up leaving dots, spots, strands of blurry vitreous; i.e. The "floater". You should have an exam to ensure the incident did not tear the retina, which could lead to a retinal detachment.
Dr. Michael Ham
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Dr. Todd Purkiss
This is important to rule out; however, some floaters are just clumps of collagen within the degenerating vitreous gel.
Dr. Kenneth Adams
Ophthalmology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Floaters

Floaters are most commonly caused by debris in the vitreous (jelly like substance inside the eye).
While annoying and very common they can also be an early sign of a retinal detachment. New floaters, flashing lights or a veil like sensation over vision should always be evaluated immediately by an ophthalmologist who will perform a dilated exam.

In brief: Floaters

Floaters are most commonly caused by debris in the vitreous (jelly like substance inside the eye).
While annoying and very common they can also be an early sign of a retinal detachment. New floaters, flashing lights or a veil like sensation over vision should always be evaluated immediately by an ophthalmologist who will perform a dilated exam.
Dr. Kenneth Adams
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