Floaters are tiny spots that seems to drift in front of the eyes but do not block vision. Floaters often develop as part of the eye’s natural ageing process and it is not usually possible to prevent them. Most people notice them more in well-lit rooms or outdoors on a bright day.
Some people have floaters but don’t notice them because of the way the brain learns to adapt and ignore them. The spots are formed when a deposit of protein drifting about in the vitreous, the clear jelly-like substance that fills the middle of the eye, casts a shadow on the retina.
Floaters are often described by patients as spots, strands, little flies or even cobwebs.
If you think you are suffering with floaters or are in any way concerned about you eye health, please get in touch to book an appointment with one of our optometrists.