What are Floaters and What Causes Them?

What Are Floaters?

Floaters are small, dark shapes that float through the field of vision. They can be dots, strands, squiggles, or countless other shapes. Though they may seem annoying, they are harmless and can be prevented by eating a proper diet.

If the small spots that appear in your vision appear suddenly, it’s recommended that you visit your eye doctor immediately so as to rule out any serious issues with your eyesight. A sudden rise in floaters can indicate a vitreous or retinal detachment. People who are nearsighted or diabetic are especially prone to retinal tears and floaters.

What Causes Floaters?

Floaters are mainly caused by bits of cells that can remain in the vitreous humor and continue to float around when the vitreous is later liquefied. It’s estimated that around 50% of people over 70 years old are seeing floaters.

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