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Eye floaters can impair your vision and be a symptom of other underlying eye problems and eye conditions. Treatment may not be required, but if the floaters are causing problems, then your doctor may recommend removal.
Eye floaters are small spots in your vision that may drift about when you move your eyes and can quickly disappear if you look at them directly.
Eye Floaters usually happen because of normal changes, such as age. When you age, tiny stands of your vitreous will start to stick together causing dark shadows on your retina. These dark shadows appear as eye floaters. Eye floaters typically start occurring at the age of 50, which is over 10% of Alabama’s population.
At EyeCare Associates, our team of eye doctors specializes in diagnosing and treating eye floaters to restore your field of vision.
At EyeCare Associates, our Alabama eye doctors are determined to provide each patient with the proper treatment they need. EyeCare Associates has convenient locations throughout the state of Alabama, including offices in Huntsville, Birmingham, Hoover, Troy, Tuscaloosa, and more. Find one of our locations closest to you and book an eye exam today!
Eye floaters are typically not caused by controllable factors, such as eye strain, nutrition, smoking, or emotional stress.
The aging process is the most common cause of eye floaters. When the vitreous humor starts to liquefy centrally, this forms a gel like substance and begins to clump or strand inside the eye. When vitreous gel separates and pulls away from the retina, this causes a vitreous detachment. This causes the brain to perceive flashes of light.
Other causes of eye floaters may include:
Symptoms of eye floaters include seeing dark shadows in your vision that appear as specks, strings, or floating materials. These spots often change directions when you move your eyes and are most noticeable when looking at a plain background. They typically appear as small shapes that settle down and drift out of your sightline.
Eye floaters don't always require treatment. After your examination for eye floaters, time may be the only prescription. This is because eye floaters are commonly just an effect of the aging process and may go away on their own.
We may also recommend eye surgery where a small incision is made to remove the vitreous material. Laser therapy treatment may be recommended if your eye floater impairs your vision.
At EyeCare Associates, we’ll work with you to develop a treatment plan designed for you.
Most eye floaters go away over time without treatment, but some can be more persistent. Some eye floaters can disappear within a few weeks, but for others, it may take several months. Floaters may also get smaller and less noticeable over time.
Generally, you do not need to worry about eye floaters. Most of the time, eye floaters do not indicate a more serious eye problem. If floaters appear at once or worsen over time, it’s recommended to visit EyeCare Associates in Alabama for an examination.
If you’re experiencing more floaters, new floaters, flashes, or vision loss, you should book an eye exam as soon as possible.
At EyeCare Associates, we use an instrument called an ophthalmoscope to examine the central and peripheral retina. When used, the ophthalmoscope can detect floaters or flashes. During the eye exam, the eye doctor may dilate your eyes so they can get a clear look at the inside of your eye.
Our team of eye doctors at EyeCare Associates in Alabama provides clients with the best treatment plans available. If you’re experiencing symptoms of eye floaters, contact one of our 30 Alabama offices today and book an eye exam.