What are vitreous floaters?
You may sometimes notice spots moving across your vision and these are known as 'floaters'. They are often easily seen when looking at a plain white background. Floaters can appear as spots, strands or other shapes in your vision. Floaters are actually clusters of cells in the vitreous, the clear gel-like substance in the centre of the eye that gives the eye its round shape. These clusters of cells cast a shadow on the retina and therefore appear as floaters in your vision.
Floaters are generally not sight-threatening, however if you notice the sudden appearance of a number of floaters, especially if they are accompanied by flashes of light, or the appearance of a shadow or a curtain coming down over your vision, this could indicate a retinal detachment. If you experience any of these symptoms, contact The Eye Practice immediately for further advice on (02) 9290 1899 or visit your local eye hospital.
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