Eye Floaters: Symptoms & Causes

Eye Floaters: Symptoms & Causes



Eye floaters tend to be black or gray in appearance and can be nearly impossible to focus on. They seem to disappear or fly to one side when you attempt to look at them.

The reason for this difficulty, of course, is that these eye floaters are intrinsically linked to the movement of your eye.  They are actually composed of clumps of microscopic fibers that gradually form in our eyes over time, due to certain changes in the fluid within our eyes. The vitreous humor is the gel-like substance that is found in the back of our eyes. It is through this fluid that the light passes on to be registered on our rods and cones.

Symptoms of Eye Floaters

As mentioned earlier, the primary symptoms of eye floaters are minor impairments, such as the following:

  • The appearance of specks, flecks, strands or shadows in your vision.
  • These spots aren’t stationary and tend to wobble or “swim” through your vision.
  • The dots are most obvious when you are looking at a uniform background or a light colored object.
  • They may be visible for a few seconds or a few minutes, but they will typically settle back into the rim of the eye and disappear. 
  • When you try to look at them or shift your eyes to focus more accurately, they often fly out of sight, because they are rapidly taken out of the line of sight (from the back of your eye) when your eyes move.

If these specks are accompanied by any other symptoms, such as flashes of light, temporary vision loss, or impairment of your peripheralvision, you should immediately be checked out by an ophthalmologist.



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