(Originally Cont’d from Eye “balling” new game for aging vision 2-7-10)
Floaters are common and are usually quite harmless, according to myDr. (The following is from the site, myDr see below).
What are floaters?
Floaters are tiny clumps of cellular debris suspended in the vitreous humour (the clear jelly-like fluid which fills most of the inside of the eye). Floaters can cause visual disturbances by casting shadows on your retina.
What causes floaters?
Floaters tend to be caused by ageing. As you get older, the vitreous humour degenerates and partially liquefies, causing it to shrink and pull away from the retina. As a result of this shrinkage, the microscopic fibres within the vitreous humour can clump together, forming floaters.
Do floaters need to be treated?
Most people have a few floaters, which generally don’t require any treatment. However, if you notice a sudden increase in the number of floaters or flashing lights associated with the floaters you should promptly seek medical attention. These symptoms may indicate a retinal tear or retinal detachment, which can lead to permanent loss of vision.
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