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    16 Jun 2023

Understanding Eye Floaters and How to Cope With It

What are Eye Floaters?

Eye floaters are semi-transparent changes in the vitreous humor, the jelly-like substance that fills the back portion of the eye. They move when the eyes move, but are independent of the eyeballs movement. Floaters can appear to lie within the eye or in front of the eye, but they never leave the eye. Though it may be worrying to some, floaters in themselves are quite harmless.

Who can Be Affected by Eye Floaters?

Eye floaters can affect people of all ages, though most often appear in people over the age of 50. Floaters that appear suddenly and in large numbers can be a sign of a more serious condition, such as retinal detachment, which requires urgent medical assessment.

What Causes Eye Floaters?

Eye floaters can be caused by a variety of factors, such as age-related changes in the vitreous humor, eye trauma, bleeding in the eye, or complications from surgery and medications. As we age, the vitreous humor becomes more liquid and contains small flecks of collagen and other detritus, which become the small spots or lines that we recognize as floaters.

Diagnosis and Treatments

Eye floaters are typically harmless and do not require treatment; however, if the floaters are caused by a pathology, such as a retinal detachment, more urgency is needed to limit the risk of serious damage to the eye. Eye floaters are usually diagnosed through a comprehensive eye exam, in which a thorough examination of the retina and vitreous humor is performed. Treatment of eye floaters can vary, depending on the cause, with options such as laser photocoagulation or vitrectomy surgery.

Eye floaters can be a source of worry for many people, often leading to unnecessary stress and confusion. It’s important to note that eye floaters do not pose any risk in most cases, and can be managed with a few simple self-management techniques. If the floaters are accompanied by other symptoms, immediate medical attention is necessary to avoid further problems.

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