UNIDENTIFIED FLOATING OBJECTS IN YOUR VISION? By Dr. Martha Jay, Ophthalmologist at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin
Do you have little spots moving around in your vision? They are probably "floaters" or, in the medical term, vitreous opacities. While floaters are usually only an annoyance, a change in their appearance could be caused by a retinal tear or even a retinal detachment. Both need immediate attention.
The eye is filled with a gelatin-like material called vitreous. Over time, it breaks down - becoming more liquid with small collagen particles casting a shadow on the retina. The result is the appearance of small spots, squiggly lines, clouds or spider webs moving across your vision. Flashes of light occur when the fluid shifts within the eye, tugging on the retina (the light-sensitive tissue lining the back of the eye). The combination of flashes of light and/or a dramatic increase in floaters could indicate that the retina is tearing and in danger of detaching. Because a retinal detachment can result in blindness, treatment must be sought immediately.
The bottom line is that an occasional floater is not a problem. But if you should see an abrupt increase in floaters, flashing lights or a loss of part of your vision in one eye, you need to be evaluated by an eye care professional within 24-48 hours to rule-out a retinal detachment.
Are you having an eye problem or are you due for a comprehensive eye examination? Then give us a call. You can be assured that we provide the latest in medical and surgical eye care. We welcome patients of all ages and accept most insurance plans.
Dr. Martha Jay is a board certified ophthalmologist specializing in medical and surgical eye care such as blade-free LASIK and small incision cataract surgery.
For more eye care information, call 262-241-1919 or visit www.LakeShoreVision.com.