If you see spots or small threads floating around your eyes or darting away when you try to focus, you are experiencing eye floaters. This is the natural aging process of your eyes and a side effect of the vitreous gel shrinking, the substance that makes up most of your eye. While eye floaters or flashes are annoying, they are not usually a reason for concern. However, sudden increases in the frequency or amount may indicate a serious condition, including:
If the floaters affect your vision, our Optometrists at Red Deer Eye Care can discuss treatment options, such as a vitrectomy. During the surgicy, we remove the floaters by extracting fluid from your eye, and replace the lost volume with a saline solution. This procedure is only performed in extreme cases where considerable adverse symptoms are apparent as a result of eye floaters.
Dr. Lampard graduated from optometry at Pacific University in Oregon in 1981. He and his wife Lorraine have three grown children, all born and raised in Red Deer. Tom enjoys cycling, curling, cross country and downhill skiing, and golfing. He also keeps busy volunteering for the United Way, has been a chairman of the Alberta College of Optometrists, and director of the Alberta Association of Optometrists.More Articles by Tom Lampard