Floaters are a common complaint. What are they, should you worry about them or not? The next three posts will attempt to answer these questions. First….

What are eye floaters—and what are they doing in my eye?

Eye floaters appear as little irregularities that drift slowly across your field of vision. Floaters often look like:

  • Little darkish spots or specks,
  • Threads or strings, or
  • Fragments of cobwebs

Floaters in the eye aren’t optical illusions. They’re little bits of debris floating around in your vitreous: the jelly-like filling of your eyeball that helps keep its shape. Sometimes, as these floaters move around, they cast shadows on your retina. This is what you see.

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