January 24, 2019

What are eye floaters?

By Karl Oestreich

South Florida Reporter

Having vision problems? Do you see black or gray specks, strings or cobwebs that drift about when you move your eyes? It could be eye floaters. South Florida Reporter Logo“In the back of our eyes, we have a substance called ‘the vitreous.’ When we’re young, it’s a firm clump of jelly. As we age, this firm clump of jelly can liquefy and break up into smaller pieces. Those smaller pieces are what you may notice as floaters,” says Dr. Amir Khan. Eye floaters are more common as you get older and if you’re nearsighted. The biggest concern is they can cause retinal tears.

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Context:  Amir Khan, M.D. is a Mayo Clinic ophthalmologist.  You can watch the Mayo Clinic Minute on Mayo Clinic News Network.

Contact:  Jason Howland

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