Floaters are opaque (i.e. too dense to
see through) areas, such as small particles of debris, that float
vitreous humour of the eye.
Floaters can occur in various different shapes and sizes, such as:
- small dark/black dots
- small shadowy dots
- larger ‘cloud-like’ areas
- longer, narrow strands e.g. with the appearance of tiny lengths of
Such opacities called "floaters" cast shadows
onto the retina that may be perceived as dark shapes or blobs "floating"
in the field of view.
Causes and effects:
Floaters can develop as part of the normal ageing process.
Although some people may find them irritating or distracting (especially
when tired), floaters do not usually interfere significantly
with the affected person's overall vision.
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