Floaters

San Antonio Eye & Face Institute, serving Alamo Heights, San Antonio, and the nearby regions, offers care for floaters. It's important to know what they are and what a practitioner can do for them. Let’s take a close look at floaters.

Floaters

What Are Floaters?

A floater is a small dark spot, line, thread, or cobweb that floats across your field of vision. If you try to zoom in on a floater, you won't be able to because it moves with your vision. Therefore, it will just continue floating across your vision rather than stopping.

Sometimes, floaters happen more frequently when you look at something bright, such as the sky or a white sheet of paper. Some people experience floaters occasionally, while others have them all of the time. They will sometimes go away, but for some people, this is an ongoing problem that could signify a serious eye condition.

Cause of Floaters

Floaters happen as a result of normal changes in your eye. Over time, parts of your vitreous may stick together and form a shape that will float across your vision. Not all floaters are non-serious as these, though. Sometimes, having floaters in your field of vision may mean you have one of the following problems:

  • Inflammation of the eye (Uveitis)
  • Vitreous detachment
  • Retinal detachment
  • Retinal tear
  • Eye infection
  • Eye injury

Some people are more prone to floaters than others. For instance, if you have an extreme case of nearsightedness, you are more at risk. You are also more at risk if you had cataract surgery or suffer from diabetes.

Diagnosing and Treating Floaters

The diagnosis process for floaters consists of one of our ophthalmologists performing a dilation exam. During this test, your eye doctor will use an eye drop to dilate your pupil. We will then be able to see inside your eye clearly and look for signs of issues, such as retinal detachment.

If you are not having any serious issues with floaters, they often don't require any treatment. However, if they are interfering with your ability to see, we may recommend treatment. The treatment may consist of a surgery known as a vitrectomy. Laser treatment may also correct the problem. If the floaters aren't a natural part of aging and are a sign of an eye condition instead, we will need to correct the underlying condition rather than just treating the symptoms.

Contact Our Eye Doctors at San Antonio Eye & Face Institute

At San Antonio Eye & Face Institute, serving Alamo Heights, San Antonio, and the surrounding communities, we understand floaters are a nuisance and sometimes can interfere with your vision. We can help this issue stop but will first need to diagnose the problem. Call our team today at (210) 485-1488 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.

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