Understanding Eye Floaters

If you have dark or grey spots that appear in your vision, you may have eye floaters. Eye floaters are spots that drift around in your eyes as you move them. Eye floaters are more common as you get older or if you are nearsighted. Your eye floaters may not require treatment. However, our optometrist, Dr. Curtis Anderson, in Lawrence, KS will give you an eye exam to determine if treatment is necessary. Our team is committed to providing patients the quality care they need to ensure healthy vision and eye care.


When to See Us

When you shift your eyes, floaters can seem like black or gray dots, threads, or cobwebs that float around. The floaters you're experiencing may not be severe, but it's essential to look out for signs of them worsening. If you are experiencing an excessive amount of floaters, flashes of light in your eye, or darkness around your peripheral vision, contact our team right away. We will properly assess the condition of your eyes and help you treat these symptoms.  

Causes of Floaters

The vitreous, or jelly-like material, that fills the eyeballs and helps them retain their spherical shape shifts as you age. When we are young, the vitreous is a firm clump of jelly. However, as we get older the firm clump of jelly can liquify and break into small pieces causing floaters in your vision. This is due to microscopic fibers in the vitreous clumping together and casting tiny shadows on your retina.

The liquified vitreous can pull away from the eyeball's interior surface. This can lead to a sagging vitreous tugging on the retina with enough force to cause a retinal tear. If left untreated, a retinal tear can lead to retinal detachment. The tear allows fluid to get underneath the retina, causing it to separate from the back of your eye. This retinal detachment can cause blindness, so it is essential to schedule an appointment with our team if you are experiencing any floaters.

Call Us to Schedule an Eye Care Appointment with Our Optometrist in Lawrence, KS

If you notice a sudden increase in eye floaters, contact our team at Curtis Anderson Optometrist in Lawrence by calling us at (785) 522-4610. We can help you schedule your consultation and answer any questions you may have. Our team is committed to providing patients the quality care they need. That's why it's essential to notify us if your eye condition worsens. Contact us today to see how we can help.