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Ever Wonder What Those Floaters In Your Eyes Are?

Have you ever noticed specks, strings or cobwebs drift across your field of vision?

Those are called eye floaters! If you’ve ever experienced them, you’ve probably wondered what they were and if they were a cause for concern. Here’s all you need to know about those sometimes bothersome floaters.

What Are Floaters And What Causes Them?

Floaters may look like tiny worms or cobwebs floating in the air in front of you, but they are actually inside of your eye! Our eyes are filled with a clear, jelly-like substance called the vitreous humor. As we age, the vitreous humor becomes more liquid and certain protein fibers start clumping together. As light comes into our eyes, these clumped fibers cast a shadow on the retina, causing us to see floaters. They may be most noticeable when looking at something bright, like white paper or a blue sky.

Although irritating sometimes, these floaters are usually no cause for concern. Eye floaters can show up at any age but most emerge, as stated above, as we get older–usually after the age of 50. Most people adapt to floaters or simply stop noticing them.

If you are concerned about the floaters in your vision please contact Lentz Eye Care today to schedule an examination. Preventative and routine eye exams are important to maintaining good eye health.