Feb 19, 2021


Interviewer: Floaters, you know those little squiggles in your vision? Ophthalmologist, Dr. Brian Zaugg from the Moran Eye Center, what are those things anyway?

Dr. Zaugg: Yes, floaters can be very annoying. They're little condensations of the vitreous, generally speaking, in the back of the eye that move around as you move your eye.

Interviewer: All right. And should they worry me or is it pretty normal?

Dr. Zaugg: Generally speaking, they're common and not causing any problems but occasionally, they can cause issues, especially if they're associated with other symptoms such as flashing lights or dark curtains in your vision.

Interviewer: All right. And if they're just annoying without those other symptoms, can I make them go away?

Dr. Zaugg: Not really. You can make the symptoms a little bit less by wearing sunglasses when you're in bright environments outside. You can also adjust your computer screens to decrease the contrast on them to help. But if you do get new floaters or they're accompanied by any of those other symptoms, those are worrisome things and you should get a full eye exam from your eye doctor.

updated: February 19, 2021
originally published: February 15, 2019

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