Our Airdrie eye doctor explains all you need to know about floaters
The first time you notice dots or specks gliding across your vision, you may get alarmed. Rest assured, they are quite common – and generally harmless.
However, sometimes floaters are an emergency sign, especially when a bunch of new floaters suddenly appear. When that happens, contact our Airdrie eye doctor immediately to schedule an urgent eye exam. We can determine if you have a problem that requires treatment, or if your floaters can simply be left to drift.
What are floaters?
A floater is a tiny clump of cells or a speck of protein that’s stuck in the vitreous gel that fills about two-thirds of your eyeball. As you age, this gel shrinks and changes texture, leading to the clusters and strands. Floaters move whenever your eyes move; when you try to look at them directly, they often appear to zoom away.
Who gets floaters?
About one-quarter people over age 60 see floaters, and that number rises with age. Besides normal aging, risk factors for floaters include nearsightedness, diabetes, cataract surgery, and a previous eye injury.
When are floaters dangerous?
When you suddenly notice a bunch of new floaters, it could point to retinal disease. Contact our eye doctor in Airdrie if you experience any of the following:
- New appearance of many floaters
- Gradual shading of vision from one side
- Fast decline in central vision
We’ll perform an urgent eye exam to inspect for a retinal tear or retinal detachment, which requires emergency eye care to prevent permanent vision damage.
Is there treatment for floaters?
Most of the time, people simply get used to living with their floaters. However, if they become very bothersome, consult with our Airdrie eye doctor for tips on how to shift them out of sight.
At Browz Eyeware, we put your family's needs first. Talk to us about how we can help you maintain healthy vision. Call us today: 587-600-0644 or book an appointment online to see one of our Airdrie eye doctors.
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