What causes eye floaters?

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.
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.
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.

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What causes eye floaters in a 19 year old? I have dealt with them for many years but they keep increasing. I saw 2 eye doctors who said retina was ok

You just do, unless? Floaters commonly and gradually develop over ones' life, & are due to aging. They may be a nuisance, but adaptation to them is the norm. If the floaters arise from a sudden burst, with erratic light flashes &/or dark curtain blocking part of vision, then likely pathological. Otherwise floaters are observed. If you experience the above OR NEW changes, then seek an Eye MD for RE-evaluation. . Read more...

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What is the cause of eye floaters?

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What are the causes of eye floaters?

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What is the main cause of eye floaters?

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Eye floaters and flashing lights, can the lights cause you to have floaters?

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Occur together. The changes in the back of the eye which cause flashing lights also commonly cause a few floaters. Rarely these can be a sign of retinal detachment, so if they have just started get an ophthalmologist to look at your eyes to rule this serious problem out. The lights and floaters are simultaneous but not causative of each other. Read more...

What illnesses or diseases can worsen eye floaters cause it to become more disturbing?

Depends. Changes inside of your eye can worsen a floater. Changes with your floater should prompt a visit with your eye doctor for a dilated exam as this may indicate a problem. Read more...