Alpine Vision: Diagnosis of Eye Floaters and Their Causes
Nearly every adult has experienced eye floaters, those tiny, squiggly lines, and dots that float in front of your field of vision, becoming especially noticeable when you’re in bright environments or looking at a bright light-reflective surface like a piece of white paper. In most cases, eye floaters are completely normal and nothing to worry about. But there are some instances when eye floaters can be a sign of a more serious underlying eye disease or condition that requires immediate care by an eye care professional. At Alpine Vision, we carefully evaluate your eye floaters using state-of-the-art technology to determine when the presence of floaters is normal and when it’s a sign of a more serious issue.
What causes eye floater formation?
The interior of your eye contains a gel-like substance called the vitreous. An eye floater forms when strands of collagen inside this gel cast shadows on the light-sensitive retina at the back of your eye. Most people experience floaters from time to time, and they become more common as we get older. However, there are certain eye diseases and conditions that can cause an excessive number of floaters to form, or cause them to appear very suddenly.
I have eye floaters. How can I tell if they need to be evaluated?
Although most floaters are harmless, you should call our office right away if you notice:
- a significant increase in the number of eye floaters you’re seeing
- floaters accompanied by bright flashes or light
- floaters accompanied by eye pain or changes in your vision
These symptoms can be a sign of serious eye problems like infections, tumors, retinal tears, or a detached retina, and without immediate medical attention, you could wind up with permanent vision loss.
How are eye floater problems diagnosed?
Diagnosis begins with a review of all your symptoms and your medical history, followed by a comprehensive eye exam. During the exam, your eye doctor will use special techniques to evaluate the interior structures of your eye, including your vitreous and your retina. These exams can help identify potential issues that can lead to high numbers of eye floaters.
How are eye floaters treated?
Floaters themselves are harmless and don’t require treatment. When they’re not associated with a disease, you can reduce any annoyance they cause by wearing tinted lenses and sunglasses when outdoors. Having regular eye exams is an important prevention strategy for correcting issues that can increase eye floaters. If you have an underlying disease or medical situation that’s causing an increase in the number of floaters, your treatment will focus on correcting that problem.
Call Alpine Vision Today!
Alpine Vision is a leading vision care provider in Colorado, offering comprehensive diagnosis, treatment, and prevention strategies for all sorts of eye diseases. If you’ve noticed an increase in the number of eye floaters in your field of vision, delaying care could result in serious eye problems and even a permanent loss of sight. To have your floaters evaluated and to learn what’s causing them, call our Colorado Springs office at 719-520-3333, our Falcon office at 719-495-6611, or our Windsor location at 970-460-0220. We offer evening and weekend hours to make top-quality eye care as accessible and convenient as possible.