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Floaters

See through the confusion with expert eye floater evaluation and treatment in Newport Beach, CA.

Floaters shouldn't dim your future.

Have you ever seen those pesky little dots or squiggly lines floating across your field of view? You’re not alone! These often harmless occurrences are called eye floaters, and while they may seem like insignificant specks, understanding them can be crucial for your eye health.

As leaders in eye care, we understand the complexities of the human eye and the concerns that come with even the most minor vision changes. Contact us to schedule a consultation today if you notice increased floaters in your vision or just want to learn more.

What are floaters?

Eye floaters are a common phenomenon that most people experience at some point. But what exactly are they? They are tiny pieces of debris floating in the vitreous humor, the clear, jelly-like substance that fills the back part of your eye. As these particles drift in your field of vision, they cast shadows on the retina, appearing as small dots, circles, lines, or cobwebs that move as your eyes move.

While they can be mildly annoying, in most cases, eye floaters are harmless and require no treatment. However, a sudden increase in floaters, especially if accompanied by light flashes or loss of peripheral vision, could indicate a more severe condition, such as a retinal tear or detachment, and warrants immediate medical attention. Contact us today if you have any concerns about floaters.

How floater treatment works

It’s important to remember that most eye floaters don’t require treatment as they don’t harm your vision. However, if the floaters are particularly bothersome, large, or accompanied by other symptoms like flashes of light or vision loss, potential treatment options are available.

Vitrectomy is a surgical procedure that involves removing the vitreous humor containing the floaters and replacing it with a clear solution. It’s considered a more invasive option and is usually reserved for severe cases, especially when accompanied by other eye problems.

Floaters

Frequently Asked Questions

Most floaters are harmless and pose no threat to your vision. However, knowing the difference between harmless floaters and those that might indicate an underlying eye problem is essential.

Sudden onset of many floaters, accompanied by flashes of light, blurred vision, or floaters in only one eye, could be signs of a retinal tear or detachment. Seek immediate medical attention if you experience these symptoms.

For most harmless floaters, no treatment is needed. However, surgery (vitrectomy) might be considered for bothersome or large floaters.

Contact us to schedule an eye exam immediately if you experience sudden, numerous, or unusual floaters, especially with other symptoms. It’s crucial for early diagnosis and potential treatment of underlying eye conditions.

Unfortunately, there’s no guaranteed way to prevent floaters. However, maintaining good eye health through regular eye exams, a healthy diet, and protecting your eyes from UV rays can help support overall eye health.

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