Eye floaters are small, pesky particles that can make their way into the fluid of your eye, affecting your vision. Commonly caused by eye trauma and increasingly common among older populations because of natural tissue degeneration that occurs eye over time, floaters are more of a nuisance than anything and are generally not cause for alarm.
If you’re experiencing a noticeable upswing in the number of floaters you are experiencing, or if you see flashing lights accompanying them, contact your eye doctor promptly. In some cases, floaters or flashes can be indications of more serious eye issues, such as retinal holes. Serious problems like these can also typically be detected during a routine exam with your eye doctor.