What Are Floaters And How Do You Treat It?

What Are Floaters, And How Do You Treat Them?

Floaters are common vision disturbances that affect people of all ages. They can range in severity from a minor nuisance to a severe problem that needs immediate attention. Fortunately, Round Rock Eye Consultants care center is equipped to diagnose and treat floaters with precision eye care techniques. Read on to learn more about floaters, their causes, symptoms, and treatment options.


What Are Floaters?

Floaters are tiny specks or clouds that drift across the field of vision. They can appear as dots, circles, or lines and may move around when the eyes move. In most cases, floaters are harmless, but they can be a sign of a more serious underlying condition.


Causes of Floaters

Floaters occur when collagen fibers in the eye's vitreous gel clump together and cast a shadow on the retina. This can happen naturally with age, or it can be triggered by an injury to the eye or a medical condition such as diabetes.


Symptoms of Floaters

Floaters can be frustrating, distracting, and even alarming if they suddenly appear. The most common symptoms of floaters include:

  • Seeing tiny, dark specks or spots in the field of vision

  • Seeing small, dark objects that seem to float across the field of vision

  • Seeing flashes of light in one or both eyes


Treatment Options

If floaters are a minor inconvenience, treatment may not be necessary. However, if they cause significant vision problems or appear to be symptoms of a more serious underlying condition, our ophthalmologist may recommend one of several treatment options. These may include:

  • Vitrectomy: The vitreous fluid that contains floaters is carefully removed and replaced with saline or another type of solution. This minimally invasive procedure can be done on an outpatient basis.

  • Laser therapy: Our eye doctor may use a laser to break up the clumps of collagen fibers causing the floaters. Some patients experience a complete resolution of their symptoms with this non-invasive treatment.

  • Observation: If the floaters are minor and not causing significant vision problems, our team may recommend simply monitoring the condition and making sure to return for regular eye exams.

Contact Round Rock Eye Consultants for Precision Eye Care

If you are experiencing floaters or other vision problems, don't wait to seek professional eye care from Round Rock Eye Consultants. Contact our team of experienced, professional eye care specialists. Schedule an appointment with Dr.Meyer, our wonderful ophthalmologist to diagnose, treat, and manage a wide range of eye conditions, including floaters. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and experience the highest level of precision eye care available.

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