are those tiny black spots that I see floating inside my eye? Is it
normal? Does it get worse with time? Seeing
‘floaters’ is a very normal thing that does indeed become more
common with age. Here’s why they happen:
eye is filled with a jelly-like substance made mostly of water (this
is called the vitreous humour). There are also other components to
this jelly, such as collagen. Over time, the consistency of this
jelly changes and the heavier proteins will clump together, forming
small dense spots that have the potential to block light. Any
time one of these heavier clumps floats in front of our central
vision, we see a floater. What we are actually seeing is the shadow
that it casts onto the light detecting tissue of the eye (the
retina). Because the floaters are actually inside our eyes, if we try
to look directly at them, they will drift and move with our eyes.
Floaters are more noticeable when looking at things like a bright
blue sky or a white computer screen.
seeing floaters is quite normal, if you are seeing a new or a sudden increase
of floaters or if you are seeing flashes of light in your vision, other more serious conditions may be developing. Call us right away at 403-526-2020.