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: