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Article Home Eye Problems Floaters


Floaters are tiny cobwebs or specks which float in the field of vision. It mainly occurs as age related changes in the vitreous. These floaters are formed when the jelly like substance inside the eye becomes more liquid.


As you become older the jelly like material called vitreous becomes more liquid. Then the collagen fibers in the vitreous tend to clump together. These bits of tiny debris appear like shadows on the retina.

Floaters are suspended in the gel like substance called vitreous.

Muscae volintates or mouches volantes is a specific type of floaters which consists of small spots


Symptoms of floaters

Floaters appear like cobwebs, threads, spots or dark specks material floating in the field of vision

Risk factors of floaters

  • Myopics
  • Age over 40
  • Injury to the eye
  • Diabetic retinopathy
  • Inflammation of eye
  • Cataract operati

Causes of floaters

  • Infection
  • Inflammation
  • Uveitis
  • Hemorrhage
  • Retinal tears
  • Injury to the eye


If the floaters are few and does not cause any problem then there is no need for any treatment

If the floaters are many and if it affects the vision, then vitrectomy is perfomed. In vitrectomy the vitreous gel with floaters are removed and the vitreous is replaced by salt solution.

Laser vitreolysis