Everyone occasionally sees a speck floating across their vision, and in most cases, these floaters are harmless. However, if you have a sudden increase in floaters, you should make an appointment at Advanced Laser & Eye Center of Arizona, home of MyEyesToday.com with offices in Gilbert, Chandler, and Queen Creek, Arizona, immediately. Kianoush Kian, MD, and Scott Wayment, OD, offer expert exams to identify the cause of your floaters and treatments when necessary. Call Advanced Laser & Eye Center of Arizona at 480-632-2020 or make an urgent appointment online at MyEyesToday.com. Same-day appointments are available for eye emergencies.
Maybe you were staring at your computer screen or enjoying the vast, blue skies of southwest Phoenix, and you saw it — that little speck or string that floats across your vision. You can’t help but try to get a better look at it, and it disappears. These floaters are part of your vitreous, the gel that fills your eyeball.
Your vitreous shrinks as you age, which makes it become stringy. As light passes through your eye, the fibrous strands in your vitreous cast a shadow onto your retina, which is what you see when that spec floats through your vision. Your risk of developing floaters is higher if you’re severely nearsighted, have had cataract surgery, or have inflammation inside your eye.
In most cases, no, you don’t need to be concerned about floaters. However, if you have a sudden increase in dark floaters, see a “waterfall” of floaters falling through your vision, or lose peripheral vision, it could be a sign of a more severe problem like a torn or detached retina. A detached retina occurs when your retina pulls away from the back of your eye, which could lead to blindness if not treated immediately.
Advanced Laser & Eye Center of Arizona provides comprehensive eye exams, including pupil dilation and retinal scans, to assess your floaters. As your doctor examines the inside of your eye, they can determine if your floaters are due to issues with your vitreous or retinal detachment.
Treatment depends on the condition causing your floaters. In most cases, the age-related shrinking of your vitreous doesn’t put your vision at risk, and your doctor usually recommends a “watch and wait” approach. If your floaters increase to the point where they interfere with your vision, you may need eye surgery; a vitrectomy removes your vitreous and replaces it with a gas bubble.
If you have a torn or detached retina, you will be immediately set up with a Retina specialist on your insurance health plan to either seal the tear or reattach your retina.
If you’re due for an eye exam, have concerns about floaters, or are experiencing symptoms of retinal detachment, call Advanced Laser & Eye Center of Arizona at 180-632-2020 or make an appointment online today at MyEyesToday.com.