Have you ever looked up at the sky and noticed floating spots? And then you try to get a better look at them, but they seem to move with your eye?
Those are floaters (and yes, that is the technical term).
Floaters are actually tiny clumps of gel or cells inside the vitreous, the clear jelly-like fluid that fills the inside of your eye.
Floaters may look like specks, strands, webs or other shapes. Actually, what you are seeing are the shadows of floaters cast on the retina, the light-sensitive part of the eye.
By now, you are probably asking yourself – what causes this happen? Well, keep reading…
When people reach middle age, the gel-like vitreous begins to liquefy and contract. Some parts of the vitreous form clumps or strands inside the eye.
The vitreous gel pulls away from the back wall of the eye, causing a posterior vitreous detachment.
It is a common cause of floaters, and it is more common for people who:
- have had inflammation inside the eye;
- are nearsighted;
- have undergone cataract surgery;
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