Have you ever been staring at the sky, looking at the beautiful clouds, and suddenly a little squiggly line darts across your field of vision? You’re wondering, what the heck was that? Am I seeing things? The good news is, no, you’re not crazy. You actually DID see something. It’s called a floater, and they’re fairly common.
Eye Floaters 101
Eye floater symptoms
These can come in many different shapes. They move around in your eye, and dance around when you try to focus on them.
What causes eye floaters
They’re caused by a protein called collagen. There is a gel-like substance in the back of your eye called the vitreous, and as you age, the protein fibers that make up the vitreous shrink down to little shreds and clump together and cast shadows. These shadows are the floaters.
When to see the doctor
In most instances, you don’t need to do anything. Floaters are pretty normal. However, you should go to the doctor ASAP if you notice any of the following:
Most of the time eye floaters are harmless. Maybe a little annoying at times, but nothing to worry about. So if you currently have eye floaters, you most likely don’t need to do anything to keep your vision sharp.
But if you are interested in getting an eye exam to discuss any eye problems you may be having, a VSP vision plan can help! Check out vspdirect.com for vision insurance plan rates and benefits on eye exams, glasses and contacts.
Healthy vision association discounts
Some plans can only be accessed through membership in the Healthy Vision Association (HVA), which helps its members see well and stay healthy.
For $1.50/mo, your membership will give you access to exclusive discount programs* on everyday goods and services including:
Plus, your membership supports vision-related charities too.
*All rebates and special offers are subject to change