What are the Causes of floater in the eye?

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Oct 09, 2014

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  • Eye floaters are spots found in vision.
  • Dark specks can be found floating in the eye.
  • Age-related changes in the eye can cause floaters.
  • Inflammation and bleeding can also lead to floaters.

What are Eye Floaters?

Eye floaters are the spots found in the vision. They may look like black or gray specks, strings or cobwebs which keep drifting when the yes are move.
Most eye floaters occur as a result of age-related changes that occur when the jelly-like substance inside the eyes becomes more liquid form. Due to this, the microscopic fibers inside the vitreous clump together and can create a tiny shadow on the retina which appear as eye floaters.

Eye Floaters Causes

What are the Symptoms of Eye Floaters?

The signs and symptoms of eye floaters include:

  • Spots in the vision that look like dark specks or floating material which appears like transparent strings.
  • Spots which move when the eyes are moved
  • Spots which become noticeable when you look at plain bright background
  • Spots that eventually settle down and drift out of the line of vision


Causes of Floater Eyes

Age-related Changes in the Eye

Eye floaters are caused as a result of age-related changes in the vitreous, which is the jelly-like substance found in the eyeballs and helps maintain their shape.

Eye Floaters Causes

Inflammation in the Back of Eye

Posterior uveitis is inflammation found in the layers of the uveitis is inflammation in the layers of uvea, which is placed in the back of the eye. Posterior uveitis can be caused by infection or inflammatory diseases.

Bleeding in the Eye

When a hemorrhage is caused in the vitreous, it can lead to floaters. Bleeding inside the eye can be caused due to multiple reasons.

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Read more on Eye Floaters Causes and Risks.

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  • dorothy banfield14 Jun 2012

    i had eye surgery for cataracs and had a lens implant and i have never been normal in my eye since now i see wavey lines, bright lights in my eye,,yesterday i had eye dr appointment he dilated my eye and all i could see was spider webs, the light was different in that eye also, so i have to go back in eight days so he can check it again..i am worried about that eye since i have a big catarac on the other eye also..

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