See Our Ophthalmologist In Coldwater, Sturgis, and Angola For Eye Floaters
Eye floaters are small spots that drifts in your visual field. These visual blockers can be indicators of severe eye problems and are usually noticeable when looking at the sky or on a white sheet of paper. If you are experiencing eye floaters, contact our ophthalmologist in Coldwater at Holicki Eye Centers and Optical for a proper diagnosis and treatment.
When to See Your Eye Doctor for Floaters
Eye floaters arise from the vitreous, which is a gel-like matter that coats the inner eye cavity. When we're young, the vitreous is clear and firm, but as we age, protein fibers in the vitreous will shrink and clump together. Thus, obstructing how light normally passes through the back of the eye. Generally, they will move around in the eye, eventually floating towards the bottom of our eyes.
While age is a common cause of eye floaters, they can also appear due to:
- Diabetic eye disease
- Eye injury or infection
- Head trauma
- Recent eye surgery
- Torn retina
- Tumor development
- Inflamed vitreous or bleeding in the vitreous
The above causes of eye floaters can be quite serious. Sudden eye inflammation or tumors, when left unchecked, can result in permanent vision loss. It is essential to make an appointment with our eye doctors if you notice any of the following symptoms related to eye floaters:
- A sudden appearance of floaters that do not settle or otherwise fade away
- An increase or an excessive amount of eye floaters
- Sudden flashes of light across your vision
- Peripheral vision loss
- Seeing areas of darkness
- Eye pain or painful migraines
- Squiggly lines or gray or black dots appearing in your sight
In most cases, eye floaters do not require any treatment, as they can fade naturally or become unnoticeable over time. However, in severe cases where the eye floaters affect your vision, our ophthalmologist may use treatments like laser therapy to break apart the floaters and have them less noticeable for you, or surgery to help reduce eye floaters in the vitreous.
Contact Our Ophthalmologist in Coldwater to Learn More
For more information about eye floaters or to make an appointment with our eye doctors, contact Holicki Eye Centers & Optical in Coldwater at 517-279-7927, Sturgis at 269-659-4545, or Angola at 260-665-5015. Feel free to reach out to us on our website as well.