Floaters in the Eye
Floaters in the eye are normally seen when looking at an empty surface or a large, monotonous area, like a blue sky. It’s an interesting phenomenon; when floaters appear you make an effort to follow it, but it always seem like it moves a step quicker than your eye. Having floaters in your vision is a medical condition known as myodesopsiai. It may appear like there are dusts, tiny insects, or worm-like creatures that float across the front of your eye. Floaters in the eye may also look like clouds, or long narrow strands. You only see them when they move; if they are not moving they would be invisible, which is due to a manner called neural adaptation.
Everyone has experienced floaters in the eye at least once in their lives. In general, they have no bad effects on the eyesight. However, it is a sign that the vitreous humor in the eye is degenerating. When you are young, the vitreous is crystal clear. As years pass imperfections crop up, and the vitreous liquefies. Some congealed particles then cause the appearance of floaters in the eye. If you are over 70 years old, there is 50% chance that you would regularly see floaters.
Contrary to popular belief, it’s not the actual debris you are seeing. Instead, what you see are the shadows from those particles. The shadows are cast on the retina as light passes through, and that is what you see as floaters in the eye. Each floater usually keeps its basic shape and size throughout your lifetime.
Teenagers and children would almost never experience floaters. Floaters are more common for those who are nearsighted because of their elongated eye shape. Also, people who have chronic yeast infection or allergies are also more than likely to notice floaters in the eye. One more reason why people see floaters is stress; this can be addressed by developing a routine to address that.
As mentioned, floaters may be considered as normal. There are instances though, when you may want to have your eye checked. Some of those instances are if floaters seem to be visible regardless what background you are looking at, if there are a great deal of them, or if upon seeing them loss of vision occurs. Symptoms like these may be an indication of retinal detachment.
Floaters in the eye can damage the retina by creating a tear when they “float” by it. When this happens, vitreous can enter the tear, which will widen it further. If not repaired by surgery, this may cause the retina to be fully detached. There are signs when this is about to happen. Small dots appear all over the place, regardless of what you are looking at. The blood is leaking into the vitreous and the dots are the visual perception of the blood in the eye.
In summary, floaters in the eye are usually harmless specks in the vitreous humour. However, you must be careful one there is a sudden increase in their amount as this may be indicative of eye damage or disease.
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