Bucky LaFountain


Before answering the question as to what causes eye floaters lets first describe what they are. Eye floaters resemble black or gray obstructions in your field of vision. They simply seem to drift about aimlessly, moving away when you try to focus on them. Floaters can appear on a regular basis and then disappear for some time, only to re-appear sporadically. If you or someone you know is experiencing any of the above symptoms it is possible you have eye floaters, but what causes them?

There are multiple causes and factors that can result in experiencing eye floaters:


If you believe you suffer from floaters or have the feeling that your vision has dramatically changed of late it is important to schedule an appointment with your eye doctor. To better prepare for the appointment make notes that record:

During the consultation with the eye doctor you will undergo a full eye exam after which you may or may not receive a prescribed treatment. Most of the time eye floaters do not require any treatment unless they are related to an infection or a medical condition. Since floaters can become a chronic nuisance, or a sporadic event at the very least, you may be required to tolerate their presence pending their normal drainage within the eye systems. Other more aggressive treatment options are available such as laser treatment designed to break up the floaters; however, before making a decision it is important to note that aggressive treatment of floaters presents no material guarantee for resolution or subsequent re-occurrence.

A better understanding of the causes of eye floaters, their symptoms, as well as their treatment options, can help a person make an informed decision as to how to properly address the matter. If you or someone you know believes they are experiencing this issue it is better to always err on the side of caution and consult your eye doctor first.


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