Question: How Do Floaters Affect Your Vision?

Floaters occur when the vitreous, a gel-like substance that fills about 80 percent of the eye and helps it maintain a round shape, slowly shrinks.

As the vitreous shrinks, it becomes somewhat stringy, and the strands can cast tiny shadows on the retina.

These are floaters.

When should I worry about eye floaters?

If you experience a sudden onset of floaters, if they are accompanied by flashes of light or vision loss, if you have pain or you have just experienced eye surgery or trauma, floaters could indicate a serious eye problem that requires immediate medical attention.

Can stress cause eye floaters?

When caused by stress, blurry vision will probably be mild instead of severe. However, it can also be caused by stress. Eye floaters. Eye floaters are tiny spots that swim across your vision.

How do you prevent eye floaters?

If your eye floaters impair your vision, which happens rarely, you and your eye doctor may consider treatment. Options may include: Surgery to remove the vitreous. An ophthalmologist removes the vitreous through a small incision (vitrectomy) and replaces it with a solution to help your eye maintain its shape.

Are eye floaters dangerous?

A: Eye floaters are common and usually harmless. The National Eye Institute (NEI) describes them as cobwebs, spots, or strands that float around in your field of vision.