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What Are the things that Float in Your Eyes?

Have you ever noticed dark specks, lines, or little blobs floating around in your field of vision? If so, you're probably seeing floaters. These are just tiny fibers that move around in the gel-like fluid, between the lens and retina in your eye. As they travel, they cast shadows on your retina, creating dark spots, or "floaters". Believe it or not, what you're experiencing is very common, and most of us will see floaters at some point in our lives, especially as we age. They can be annoying, but the good news is that floaters are seldom anything to worry about.

There are currently no medications available to treat floaters. Some people swear by natural remedies like relieving stress through yoga, cutting out caffeine, and maintaining a magnesium-rich diet to get rid of these pesky spots, but so far, no studies have shown that these methods are effective.

In severe cases, floaters are treated through one of two surgical procedures: laser treatment, which involves zapping and vaporizing the floater, and Vitrectomy, which drains and replaces the vitreous fluid in the eyes. It's important to note though, that there are risks associated with both procedures, so it's best to consult your VSP network optometrist to see what is best for you.

However, even without treatment, your brain may adjust and in time, you won't even notice them. In most cases, they just go away on their own. However, unusual changes in your vision can be a sign that a more serious eye problem is present. If you notice a significant increase in the number of floaters, they begin to interfere with your vision, or you see the specks along with light flashes, you should see your Optometrist as soon as possible.

To maintain healthy eyes, visit your local VSP network optometrist every year for a comprehensive eye test, and be sure to mention it if you're noticing floaters or any other changes in your vision.