What are floaters?
- There is a gel that takes up most of the space inside the eye called the Vitreous
- The little dots or squiggly lines we see when looking at something bright (ex. a white wall) are areas of the vitreous that are slightly thicker thus casting shadows on the retina
- Mostly these are nothing to worry about
When are floaters significant?
- Floaters can be a sign of Vitreous Detachment or, more significantly, Retinal Detachment
- If you ever notice lots of new small floaters or a new large floater, this is something to be concerned about
Fun references to floaters in Family Guy: