Eye Floaters Treatment

Sometimes, as we age or after an injury to the eye, shadowy images may appear floating within the field of vision.In other cases, these images develop during the third trimester of gestation, as the fetal hyaloid artery, running through the eyeball, regresses in late pregnancy.  Blinking, eye drops or washes, or even a good night's sleep won't make them go away. It's these shadow-like images that are known as eye floaters.

The eye is filled with a liquid substance (the vitreous humor), composed of 99% water and 1% solid matter that includes collagen, calcium, and various other substances, that helps the eye retain its shape and acts as padding against damage from injury.Floaters are not optical illusions; they are accumulations of the solid matter within the vitreous humor that alter the way the eye reflects light. By altering light's reflection, they become visible.

There is no specific form or shape characteristic of eye floaters. Everyone who has them sees them differently. Some people see rings while others see spots, threads, or abstract fragments that resemble cobwebs. Some patients see just one floater while others see several.

Due to the fluid nature of the interior eye, it is impossible to look directly at one's own eye floaters. They move in accord with deliberate eye movements but settle into a gentle drift, usually toward the lower part of the visual field, when the eye is still.

Once discovered, it seems impossible to ignore eye floaters but, in most cases, no treatment is necessary. Having floaters is a common situation but it is almost always nothing to cause alarm. A survey of optometrists in the United Kingdom (UK), conducted in 2002, indicated each British optometrist saw 14 patients every month that scheduled appointments because of eye floaters alone.

When medical intervention is administered, eye floaters are removed in a surgical procedure called vitrectomy. Unless there is risk of further damage, most patients are advised to simply become accustomed to seeing them, as surgical intervention brings with it the risk of complication that may lead to a more serious condition. In time, floaters actually become quite easy to overlook.

In rare cases, eye floaters are the result of retinal detachment, which causes blood to leak into the vitreous humor. In this situation, medical attention is required immediately as blindness can result. Any time a person experiences the rapid onset of random flashes across the field of vision or the sudden appearance of multiple floaters, retinal detachment may have occurred, with or without an accompanying injury, and an immediate ophthalmologic examination is critical.

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Sometimes, as we age or after an injury to the eye, shadowy images may appear floating within the field of vision.In other cases, these images develop during the third trimester of gestation, as the fetal hyaloid artery, running through the eyeball, regresses in late pregnancy.   Blinking, eye drops or washes, or even a good night's sleep won't make them go away. It's these...

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