“Ohhh Girl, I think I done got possessed! Help me Lord!”
“What are you talking about Cherlene?”
“Girrrrl, I got little squiggly ghosts running all across my eyes, I’m comin’ home Lord!”
“Cherlene! Cherlene! Put that cross down before you kill somebody! That’s probably just Eye Floaters you’re seein’?”
“Do you think the Bishop Eldridge can Exorcise’em?”
Did you freak out like Cherlene the first time you ever encountered Floaters in Eye? Some people do. Do you see ghost or shadow-like particles moving across your eyes from time to time? Maybe you’ve had them a while, but you’ve noticed it happening more and more all of a sudden. What are they, and do I need to be worried about them? We’ll look at all those questions in this article.
Floaters in Eye: What are They?
A floaters in eye (myodesopsia) is a small moving spot or spots, that appear in your field of vision. They tend to occur more frequently when you are looking at a bright, clear field of vision, such as a blue sky or a white wall. Generally:
- They don’t interfere with sight
- Once they show up they don’t go away
- People usually don’t know what they are
- Treatment is not sought (as long as complications don’t arise)
- They move as your eye moves
It can cause an initial shock if you have never experienced them before. Once you see floaters in eye on a regular basis, they become more of an oddity than anything else. However, if it worries you when they show up, seek out the advice of an:
- Optometrist (eye doctor)
- General Physician
- Eye Care/Vision Center (if they can’t help you, ask for a physician referral)
For the most part, doctors have discovered their cause and treatment, and unless there are extenuating circumstances there is no real need for medical treatment.
Floaters in Eye: What Causes Them?
First a little science. Your eye is basically made up of:
- Cornea – The clear covering of the eye.
- Iris – The colored part of your eye that regulates the amount of light allowed in.
- Lens – The soft focusing mechanism in the center of the eye. Muscles pull and loosen around it to focus the image.
- Retina – The movie screen on the back of the eye where the image is projected; also the source of floaters in eye.
- Vitreous Humor – A gel-like substance that fills the back compartment of the eye.
- Optic Nerve – Takes the info (signal) from the retina to the brain.
For the purpose of our discussion we will focus on the Vitreous Humor and the Retina.
When a person ages or gets damage to the eye, tiny fibers from inside the eyeball break off and accumulate in the Vitreous. As the Vitreous Humor shrinks, and these fibers cast shadows on the retina, they appear in our vision as floaters in eye.
Floaters in Eye: Are They the Same for Everyone?
No, not at all. I would imagine they are a bit like snowflakes, no two being exactly the same. There are a few consistent patterns they stay within though. They can appear as:
- Dots (Black Floaters in Eyes, Clear Floaters in Eye)
- Squiggly Lines
- Small Nodular Rods
The shape of the floaters in eye is not so as important as an increase in Eye Floaters, cause, and treatment.
Floaters in Eye: When Should You Seek Medical Treatment?
The most important thing to know is that, it’s OK to ask your doctor no matter what your situation is. If you are nervous or uncomfortable, just ask. Better safe than sorry. Some studies show that as many as 14 patients a month seek advice for floaters in eye. So you’re not the only one asking.
There are some situations, very rare but extremely serious, where you would definitely need to seek medical advice if you notice any floaters.
- If you notice your eye floaters worsening over time
- If there is a sudden change in the amount and frequency
- If you notice floaters in eye after an eye surgery or trauma to the eye
- If you experience pain with the floaters
These situations can be signs of serious complications or escalations like:
- Retinal Detachment
- Retinal Tearing
- Hemorrhaging (bleeding in the eye)
As the above list represents situations which could lead to blindness, if you experience any of these symptoms, get medical treatment immediately.
Floaters in Eye: Treatments
- For benign floaters there is no need for treatment; as long as you don’t notice any escalation or pain.
- For severe or sudden onset Myodesopsia, your doctor may order a Vitrectomy (removal of Vitreous and Fibers from the eye, then replace them with a Saline Solution.)
- A newer form of the Vitrectomy is the Laser Vitreclysis (cutting and/or imploding fibers that make up the floater with a laser.)
Are There Floaters in Eye Sight?
If there are . . . relax. The vast majority of people who experience floaters in eye have no appreciable side effects except for being freaked out every now and then; Cherlene. If you have recently experienced a trauma to the eye, increase in occurrences, or pain, go see the doctor immediately as these can be signs of a rapidly worsening situation. Otherwise, relax and enjoy the floaters in eye show.
What’s the best definition of Myodesopsia?
Shadowy floaters in eye
a. A Myodic Sopsia
b. A Sopsiac Myode
c. My old socks he got
d. Both a and b
True or False: Retinal Detachment is a serious condition.
True or False: Most people get treatment for their eye floaters.
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Answers: 1) a, 2) a, 3) b