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Eye Floaters

Eye Floaters From Your Belleville, Trenton, and Brighton Optometrist

Have you ever noticed a little black fleck floating by your line of sight? If it happens regularly, then you may not be "seeing things"...you could be dealing with floaters. Our optometry team, serving Brighton, Trenton, Belleville, and surrounding Ontario communities, offers guidance and support for people living with this often irritating eye condition.

Eye Floaters

Eye Floaters Explained

As mentioned, eye floaters are essentially abnormal spots that appear in your line of vision, and are often described as black or grey specks, cobwebs, or strings that move or disappear when you try to look at them directly, but are visible when you're moving your eyes around normally. These spots often become more noticeable when you're looking at plain, brightly colored background.

In most cases, eye floaters are relatively innocuous things that happen due to age-related changes. Specifically, the jelly-like substance inside your eyes (called vitreous fluid) sometimes becomes more of a liquid as you age. As this happens, tiny fibers in the vitreous fluid may clump together and form shadows on your retinas (thin tissues on the inside of the back of your eye that gathers visual information). These shadows are what appear to you as floaters.

If you have floaters, pay attention to how suddenly they come on and how many you have. If you notice a sudden increase in the number of floaters, especially if they occur alongside a loss of peripheral vision and small flashes of light, call an eye doctor immediately, as these could be signs of a medical emergency (retinal tear or retinal detachment.

How An Optometrist Can Help You Manage Eye Floaters

Our optometrist team may be able to confirm the presence of floaters by thoroughly examining the insides of your eyes and then comparing this to your personal account and health history. If floaters are present, then unfortunately sometimes the easiest and most realistic plan of action is to learn to live with them.

Fortunately, for most people eye floaters are a minor inconvenience that can learn to be ignored over time.

Rarely, floaters can begin to affect a person's ability to see. If this is the case for you, our team will refer you to the appropriate eye doctor who may be able to provide surgical intervention.

Schedule an Appointment with Dr. Bruce Coward & Associates

At Dr. Coward and Associates, we are on a mission to give our patients a lifetime of quality vision care. If you have questions about floaters or any other concern about your vision, then call Dr. Bruce Coward and Associates today to schedule an appointment.

  • Belleville: (613) 968-6560
  • Trenton: (613) 392-6211
  • Brighton: (613) 475-3900