Often times patients call frantically to our office worried about floaters in their vision. Most of the time these floaters are just a nuisance, but in the rare situation they can represent a true ocular emergency.
Floaters in the eye are common and they become increasingly common as we age. The vitreous humour is in the back of the eye and is the clear gel that fills the space between the lens and the retina. Over time, this jelly turns into liquid and little pieces of the jelly get caught in the liquid. They move back and forth when your eye moves and you’ll often see a little spot that moves with your eyes movement. The majority of people have one or two of these in their field of vision. These floaters are innocuous and should not be a a cause for concern.
If you wake up and all of a sudden there are multiple floaters in your vision, then it is time for you to get your eyes dilated and checked for more serious problems. An increase in floaters can signify that you have developed a tear or detachment in the retina. This is an ocular emergency, but fortunately if caught in time it can be treated and vision may not be lost.
So the three things to look out for:
- Increase in floaters all of a sudden
- Loss of vision in an eye suddenly
- Flashes of light in your vision