While you may be used to those little strings or specks that float past your visual field, there may come a time when your vision becomes impaired by these floaters. At Fry Eye Associates in Garden City, Kansas, the team offers comprehensive eye evaluations to determine the exact cause of your floaters. In most cases, floaters are harmless, but the practice has options when they interfere with your vision and affect your activities of daily living. Schedule an eye floater evaluation at Fry Eye Associates today using the online booking feature or by calling the office now.
Eye floaters are spots in your vision that appear as dark specks or string-like objects. Floaters appear to drift across your view, and you may have difficulty focusing on them directly.
Floaters develop most often due to age-related changes in the gel-like substance inside your eyes. This gel begins to break down, and the fibers in the gel start clumping together. These fiber clumps cause shadows on your retina that appear as floaters.
You can also develop floaters due to bleeding or inflammation at the back of your eye following eye surgery or if you use certain types of eye medications.
Floaters are generally harmless and continue to develop as you age. However, if you notice a sudden increase in the number of floaters, or if you see flashes of light or lose your peripheral vision, contact Fry Eye Associates as soon as possible for an evaluation.
Your Fry Eye Associates ophthalmologist performs a comprehensive eye health evaluation to determine if the floaters are related to underlying medical issues or the normal aging process. They also ensure that any vision loss or flashing light episodes aren’t a warning sign of other eye health complications, including a retinal detachment.
If you have floaters because of inflammation or other eye health issues, your Fry Eye Associates physician will want to address those issues to protect your eye health. By treating the underlying cause of floaters, you may notice less of them in your field of vision.
In rare cases where floaters are severe enough to disrupt your vision, you may need a surgical procedure to remove some of the gel in your eye to reduce the number of floaters.
Laser treatments are also an option to break up large floaters to improve your vision. The Fry Eye Associates team performs Floater Lysis, a laser vitreolysis procedure, at their nearby ambulatory surgery center.
If you have bothersome floaters and want to learn more about solutions to improve your vision, contact Fry Eye Associates today by calling the office or by requesting a consultation online.