See a Doctor for Floaters if You Have These 5 Symptoms

See a Doctor for Floaters if You Have These 5 Symptoms

Have you ever noticed black or gray specks that drift into your field of vision? They float away almost as quickly as they float in. 

They’re called floaters, and most of the time, these are harmless pieces of debris that float in the vitreous humor of your eyes. Vitreous humor is the gel-like substance that fills in between your lens and retina.

While floaters usually don't pose a problem, they can indicate underlying issues if they show up suddenly or increase in size or number and disrupt your vision. That’s why our team of optometrists and ophthalmologists at Paragon Eye Associates created this guide to shed light on when you need to see us about floaters. 

5 signs it’s time to see a doctor for floaters

Floaters can appear as spots or strings, and some people describe them as looking like cobwebs or pieces of fuzz. Typically, floaters don’t hurt, but they can be annoying if they obstruct your vision.

You may benefit from a trip to our Arlington or Mansfield, Texas, office if you notice that your floaters are suddenly accompanied by:

It’s normal to see floaters, especially as you age. However, age isn’t the only risk factor for developing floaters. Other risk factors include trauma, diabetic retinopathy, nearsightedness, inflammation of your eye, and complications from cataract surgery.

What causes floaters?

Floaters and flashes of light can come from a variety of conditions, including eye infections, a tumor, eye trauma, recent eye surgery, vitreous detachment, and retinal detachment. 

Retinal detachment is a very serious condition that can compromise your vision. It happens when your retina pulls away from its normal location, and left untreated, it can lead to vision loss.

Some medications also list eye problems, including dry eye, flashes of light, floaters, and blurry vision, as potential side effects of taking the drug. If you have eye floaters and come in for an eye exam, bring a list of your current medications.

Because you can’t tell if your floaters are caused by serious eye issues like retinal detachment or the side effects of a medication, it’s better to seek ophthalmic care for the sake of preserving your vision.

How are floaters treated?

Treating floaters depends primarily on their underlying cause. Your provider here at Paragon Eye Associates begins with a comprehensive eye exam and a review of your symptoms. If you have an underlying condition that is contributing to floaters, we guide you with your next steps. 

For example, if you have a detached retina, you may benefit from surgery. Here at Paragon Eye Associates, we offer four types of surgery to correct a retinal detachment:

We know it can be overwhelming to suspect something is wrong with your eyes, but don’t hesitate to reach out. Swift treatment may be vital to saving your vision.

If you have floaters and are concerned that they’re getting worse, call our Arlington or Mansfield, Texas, office or send us a message.

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