This is one of the less serious eye concerns, and, at the same time is something that most people have, particularly as they age.

These translucent specks take various shapes — often looking like cobwebs, squiggly lines or floating bugs — and become more apparent when looking at something bright and constant. Everyone has some form of floaters, which develop as the gel substance (vitreous) liquefies and protein conglomerates create the floaters, which can cast shadows on the retina.

In most cases floaters are simply an annoyance, and call for no medical attention. However, the sudden appearance of new floaters, especially if accompanied by apparent flashes of light on the side vision could be a sign of a retinal tear. When floaters multiply quickly, they may be associated with intraocular inflammation or hemorrhaging.

Concerns of this kind should be referred to an ophthalmologist — like Dr. Uniat. Prior to Dr. Uniat carrying out a retinal evaluation, the patient will have their pupils dilated. The retinas will be visualized through special lenses to be able to clearly identify retinal tears or inflammation.

People who feel their vision is being affected by floaters can usually move them from the direct line of vision by moving the eyes around quickly — up and down or side to side.