Eye Floaters: What Are They and How Do They Impact Vision?

Eye floaters often look like this.

Have you ever noticed what looks like floating spots, strings or cobwebs in your vision? If so, you may have eye floaters.

In the video below, Dr. Vicky Wong discusses what you need to know about eye floaters.

If you don’t like the video or want more information, continue reading.

What are eye floaters?

Floaters are moving spots in your vision that almost everyone has at some point in life. It’s like getting wrinkles but inside of your eyes. They most commonly occur when your eye’s jelly-like internal shock absorber, known as your vitreous, breaks down with age.

Normal vs emergency floaters

While they can be extremely annoying, your brain typically learns to ignore age-related occurrences over time.

However, sometimes they are a sign of more serious eye diseases, such as a break in the back layer of your eye known as your retina. This is where your vision is captured for your brain to process.

RELATED: Retinal Detachment: What Are the Signs of a Detached Retina?

Floaters can be an eye emergency

If you see a sudden increase in floaters (like someone shook up a snow globe) or flashes of light (like someone took a picture of you but you know there are no cameras around) contact an eye care professional immediately, as you could be experiencing an eye emergency!

Are you concerned that you have abnormal eye floaters? What are you waiting for? Make sure to schedule an appointment with your local eye care professional today!