Why do we get eye floaters?

Age related change. The vitreous (connective tissue of the eye) becomes more liquid in people who are nearsighted or during the process of aging - then eye floaters may develop. It can also be a sign of retinal detachment, which need immediate medical attention, .
Floaters. Floaters are caused by the vitreous (jelly in the eye) detaching from the retina (typically a normal change in the aging eye). The vitreous clumps up or develops blurry areas within the jelly causing your floater. If when the vitreous changes, causing floaters, if the retina is torn you are at risk for a retinal detachment. You should have an examination. Tx: time, and possibly surgery.
Natural aging . It is a consequence of protein particles drifting within the vitreous fluid of our eye. They are common and harmless most of the time. If new or associated with other symptoms like flashes, the eye should be examined for retinal problems. If you see the other posts, i discuss the depolymerization of proteins in the vitreous. This is biochemically what happens as we age. Hope that helps.

Related Questions

Is it possible for one to get eye floaters from pain?

1/ No. Floaters do not cause pain.. However, you should see your ophthalmologist for this, as it is a signal that you may have a tear in your retinal, which may require treatment with a laser. Read more...

Eye floaters are ruining my academic life, is it recommended that I get a vitrectomy?

Likely. Floaters which have failed to resolve after several months or years are unlikely to move or disappear. Three options; do nothing, vitrectomy or laser. Laser is not recommended by retinal specialists. vitrectomy is as safe or safer than cataract surgery.. Read more...
Questionable. As i mentioned in several other posts, i believe that vitrectomy is an option when all other options are ruled out and the floaters have been there for at least six months. Of course you need an exam to establish that it is the floaters that are the cause of your concern. Remember there are risks with every surgical procedure, but vitrectomy is extremely safe in good hands. Beware cataracts. Read more...

I have had increase in number of eye floaters. What should I do? Please don't advice to ignore them or get my eye checked for retinal tears as its done.

See below. If you had a retinal check, and there's no retinal pathology, then that's great. If your symptoms get worse however, you must have a repeat dilated retinal exam. There is nothing you can do otherwise to rid yourself of floaters short of vitrectomy surgery which is not a good option in this circumstance. Read more...
Don't Take NO. Anyone who experiences an increase in floaters should get examined within 48-72 hours to look for a retinal tear. Retinal tears can lead to a retinal detachment. If the floaters persist, there is only one safe option in my opinion. Vitrectomy (aka fov) is as safe or safer when compared to cataract surgery. Most eye docs will advise against, but would not hesitate to recommend cataract surgery. Read more...

What are ways to get rid of eye floaters?

"Serious" floaters. Vitrectomy works for bad floaters. Although it carries risks, it is associated with reasonably good outcomes to get rid of floaters. The reality is that most floaters are not serious enough to warrant a vitrectomy. Of the floaters that I have seen that are truly serious, most are associated with some other disease process like diabetes. Yag laser lysis is the other way. Read more...

How to get rid of eye floaters that keep floating by?

Can't. It can be removed with surgery, but its not advised, risk is far greater than reward. Some ophthalmologist can use laser to treat it, again, most wouldn't. There are no medicines or exercises that can get rid of floaters either. Eventually it will dissolve or move out of the way, but it may take a long time. Read more...
No safe way. Floaters are usually a normal occurence, caused by the gel in the back of the eye breaking into small pieces that you see as bugs, lines or other shapes. Various treatments have been attempted to decrease them, but each may increase the risk of retinal detachment. Unless your vision is being significantly limited by floaters, avoid unnecessary surgery. Speak with your eye doctor about this. Read more...

How to get rid of eye floaters? Vitreectomy?

Best to leave it. Floaters can be removed with vitrectomy, but the risk/rewards dictate that its not worth it. If you're really desperate, there are some eyemd's that do treat it with lasers, but most ophthalmologists would tell you eventually they'll either go away, or you'll learn to ignore them. Read more...
Floaters. Most common it is recommended to have an immediate exam when they first occur to rule out retinal detachment. If there is only floaters, then wait a year and if they are still symptomatic then consider a vitrectomy to remove the vitreous and floaters.. This is a situation where the vitreous(jelly) of the eye detaches (not a retinal detachment), it then "crumples" up leaving dots, spots, strands. Read more...
Time. Most symptoms from floaters will diminish to a tolerable level with time. Patients will notice them in certain lighting situations or activities. Vitrectomy surgery markedly increases the risk of cataract formation and the small but real risk of retinal tear and detachment. Surgery is only indicated if floaters are severely diminishing your ability to perform activities of daily living. Read more...
no, aging. Floaters, if determined by ophthalmic exam not to be a sign of pathology, are a normal aging process of the vitreous. This substance has the consistency of jello and liquifies eventually being absorbed by the body without sequelae. Read more...
Generally not. Usually the brain will learn to "ignore" the floaters. If they are visually debilitating and you are unable to work, see to drive, etc. Due to the floaters, vitrectomy can be performed, however, it is not without risk and requires a discussion between you and your ophthalmologist or retina specialist. Read more...

How do I get rid of eye floaters?

One Option. As a retina specialist (eye doctor specialized in the problems/diseases of both the retina and the vitreous), i believe there is only one way to remove floaters. An outpatient procedure called a vitrectomy is the best way to remove the floaters. Laser, in my opinion, is more risky as the procedure can cause retinal tears, may not work and limited to certain floaters. Read more...

How can I get rid of my eye floaters?

Surgery. Doctors are willing to perform such surgery only in rare instances when vision seriously is hampered. The only way to remove the vitreous and its specks and webs would be to remove the gel-like substance entirely from the eye through a vitrectomy procedure. Usually, the vitreous then is replaced with a saline liquid. Read more...
Floaters. Most common it is recommended to have an immediate exam when they first occur to rule out retinal detachment. If there is only floaters, then wait a year and if they are still symptomatic then consider a vitrectomy to remove the vitreous and floaters. There is not much information and acceptance on using a yag laser to treat them, do internet search if you want more on yag. I do not recommend y. Read more...