Floaters are those annoying little dots or marks that seem to move around your eyes sometimes, and in most cases, they’re nothing to worry about. However, sometimes they can be a sign of an underlying condition, so board-certified ophthalmologist Michael L. Levine, MD, FACS, can put your mind at rest by doing an eye exam. When dealing with floaters, Dr. Levine provides exceptional services to all those in Boynton Beach, Florida and the surrounding areas. To find out more, call Dr. Levine’s office today or book an appointment online.
Floaters are small, moving spots or other shapes that you tend to notice more when you’re looking at something white or vividly colored. The floaters show up against the bright background, moving across your field of vision, and if you try to focus on them, they seem to slide away.
Floaters come in different shapes, so you might see:
In most cases, floaters consist of collagen, which is a protein found in connective tissues all over your body. There’s a gel-like substance in your eye called the vitreous, and this contains tiny particles of collagen. Sometimes the collagen breaks away and drifts into your field of vision, causing floaters.
If you’re myopic or you’ve had cataract surgery, you have a higher chance of developing floaters. Floaters are more likely to affect you as you get older, but anyone can get floaters.
In most cases, floaters are benign. If they’re annoying, blinking a few times should shift them out of the way, but they tend to come and go without being too much of a nuisance.
In rare cases, floaters might be a sign of a more serious problem called retinal detachment. This is where the retina in the back of your eye separates from the surrounding structures. Other rare causes of floaters include:
The majority of floaters are benign and don’t require treatment. However, if you have other symptoms or find your floaters particularly annoying, we recommend an examination. The practice of Michael Levine, M.D., F.A.C.S. will use eye drops to dilate your pupils for a full eye exam to thoroughly check for any problems.