Floaters Specialist

Paragon Eye Associates -  - Ophthalmologist

Paragon Eye Associates

Ophthalmologists & Optometrists located in Arlington, TX & Mansfield, TX

Patients often describe floaters as little black shadows or pieces of fuzz that bounce around their vision. Floaters are often harmless, but sometimes they’re the first indication of a serious eye condition. The team at Ford Eye Center in Arlington and Mansfield, Texas, can screen patients to identify the underlying cause of floaters and treat if necessary.

Floaters Q & A

When is it Time to See a Doctor For Floaters?

Most of the time floaters are harmless pieces of debris floating in the vitreous humor (the gel/liquid part of the eye) and don’t require medical treatment. The primary reason patients seek treatment for floaters is because they feel they interfere with their ability to see and, subsequently, their quality of life.

When new floaters appear suddenly, they can indicate a serious ophthalmic condition require immediate medical attention. Patients should call Ford Eye Center right away if they experience a sudden onset.
Patients experiencing these symptoms should also seek immediate treatment:

  • Flashes of light, which can indicate retinal detachment
  • Eye pain
  • Floaters that appear after trauma or surgery
  • Side vision loss
  • Sudden changes

What Serious Condition May Be Indicated By Sudden Onset New Floaters?

Sudden onset of new floaters may be an indication of retinal detachment. This is a very rare condition in which the layer of tissue along the back of the eye pulls away from the surrounding tissue.

Are Floaters Painful?

There are no signs or symptoms of floaters outside of the small cloud or shadow in the patient’s vision. Floaters are not painful.

What Treatment is Available for Floaters?

In most cases, patients can cope with floaters by simply moving their eyes around to get the floaters to settle outside of their field of vision. In severe cases (when floaters block vision), the vitreous human can be removed from the eye and replaced with another solution.

Who is at Risk of Developing Floaters?

Floaters are considered a normal development with age. Patients who are over age 50 are at highest risk of developing floaters. Other risk factors include:

  • Trauma to the eye
  • Diabetic retinopathy
  • Cataract surgery complications
  • Nearsightedness
  • Inflammation of the eye

Risk factors are not associated with lifestyle, so patients are unable to take measures to minimize their risk factors.

What Kind of Doctor Can Treat Floaters?

Not all eye doctors are experienced or qualified to treat anterior segment disorders. An optometrist can make a recommendation for a retina or other specialist.