As part of the aging process, your vision changes over time. You may not be able to see as clearly as before, or you may notice specks or spots that float around in your field of vision. These eye floaters, however, may indicate eye problems that require proper medical attention. Lifetime Vision Source, a vision center in the area, explains what causes spots in your vision in today’s blog post.
What Causes Eye Floaters?
As the eyes develop, vitreous gel fills the back of the eye. This, however, becomes more condensed in the center over time. The central vitreous then cannot support the weight of the heavier, more peripheral vitreous gel. This vitreous will then detach from the retina, resulting in specks or spots in the vision. Eye floaters are most noticeable if you stare at a clear sky or a computer screen with a light-colored background. What you are seeing, however, is the shadow cast on the retina and not the actual vitreous gel.
Note that seeing a few spots in your vision shouldn’t be a concern, but if you notice a shower of floaters accompanied by eye flashes, consult your eye doctor ASAP.
What Are Eye Flashes?
Light entering your eye stimulates the retina, creating an electrical impulse that’s transmitted to the brain. The brain will then interpret this impulse as light or image. Similar electrical impulses, however, are sent to the brain when the retina is mechanically stimulated. These are interpreted as eye flashes or photopsias.
Are Eye Floaters and Flashes Worrisome?
Eye floaters could mean that the vitreous is pulling away from the retina. They could also indicate that the retina is becoming dislodged from the back of the eye’s inner lining. In a recent study, about 39.7% of people who experienced symptoms like eye floaters or flashes had a posterior vitreous detachment, and 8.9% had a torn retina.
Count on Lifetime Vision Source for a comprehensive contact lens exam and other eye health care needs. Call us today at (701) 864-3777 or fill out our online form to schedule an appointment. We serve residents in Medina and Valley City, ND.