Are Eye Floaters Something to Worry About

Are Eye Floaters Something to Worry About?

  • By:Dr. Katie Dugan

It can be disturbing to see disruptions in your vision – small specks of debris that seem to be moving with your eyes. It doesn’t matter if you look at bright lights or the clear, blue sky. These floaters feel like they never go away and appear to be spider webs, specks of dust, or bubbles that move around.

How long have you been seeing floaters? Some people experience this phenomenon for years, while others are just experiencing floaters for the first time. Are these specks something that you should be worried about? Most of the time, floaters aren’t a problem. But there are times when floaters could be a sign of a bigger vision problem.

Why Am I Seeing Floaters?

There are many reasons why floaters might come into your line of vision. The most common causes of floaters include:

  • Age-related changes in the eye
  • Collagen fibers that clump together
  • Ocular tumors (rare)
  • Hemorrhage or blood leakage in the retinal blood vessels
  • Retinal detachment
  • Trauma to the eye
  • Inflammation or infection affecting the interior eye lining

If floaters are normal for you, you probably don’t need to worry. But if there is a sudden onset of floaters and other symptoms, you might want to talk to an eye doctor without delay.

When Are Eye Floaters a Concern

Any time you notice significant changes in your vision, you should seek eyecare services without delay. For example, the rapid onset of eye floaters could be a sign of underlying issues, such as the eye conditions listed above.

Even if the floaters aren’t caused by a serious issue, an appointment with an eye doctor can give you peace of mind to know that your vision isn’t at risk.

When you experience floaters along with bright flashes of light, it indicates a more serious problem. This combination of symptoms could be a sign that your retina is irritated or detaching. Retinal detachment can lead to permanent vision loss and is considered a medical emergency. Don’t wait to seek medical treatment.

Talk to the Temecula Eye Care Experts

Whether you are experiencing eye floaters or any other vision concerns, our expert team is always here to answer your questions. We invite you to schedule a consultation for a full examination and information about protecting your eyes. Contact us at Temecula Creek Optometry if it’s time to see an eye doctor. We are here to help: (951) 302 -1331.

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