Quick Facts

  • Floaters are little “cobwebs” or specks that float in your field of vision. They are small, dark, shadowy shapes that can look like spots, thread-like strands, or squiggly lines.
  • Floaters are created when the vitreous humor in our eyes contracts over time. As it contracts, cells may clump together and cast shadows on the eye’s retina. These shadows are known as “floaters”.
  • Floaters are visible only because they do not remain fixed in location. If floaters were still instead of floating around, for example, your brain would automatically ignore them and you would never consciously see them. The brain often does this with things positioned both in and outside of the eye. For example, you do not perceive the blood vessels in your eye, which are fixed in location close to the retina, because your brain ignores them.
  • Whilst a floater remains dormant in your eye, it is suspended in the vitreous humour and will therefore drift in line with your eye movement – and hence it often appears to be “moving”.
  • You can see floaters better when looking at a bright blue sky because your pupils contract to a very small size, which in turn makes floaters more pronounced.
  • Typically, a floater will not significantly change its shape or size during a patient’s lifetime.
  • The perception of eye floaters is referred to as “myodesopsia”.
  • Whilst floaters do not general affect visual acuity, they negatively affect a patient’s quality of vision.
  • Attached floaters can cause damage to the retina, effectively “tugging” on it, which can result in a retinal tear. If not treated, a retinal tear can result in a retinal detachment.
  • Floaters are more likely to develop as we age and are more common in people who are very nearsighted, have diabetes, or who have had a cataract operation.
  • If you suddenly see a large number of floaters, possibly accompanied by some light flashes, you should see your ophthalmologist immediately. These symptoms may be indicative of a retinal detachment.

Patient Resources

Laser Floater Removal Educational Brochure

Download this brochure (in English) to learn more about floaters and the treatment options available to you, including YAG laser floater removal. Brochure also available in German and Italian.

Laser Floater Removal Educational Videos

It’s Clear Skies Ahead
Video Interview with
Con Moshegov, MD (Australia)

Also known as floater laser treatment, laser floater removal is a pain-free procedure that can eliminate the visual disturbance caused by floaters. It is performed in your ophthalmologist’s office and typically takes 20-60 minutes per treatment session. Watch this video interview with laser floater removal expert Dr. Con Moshegov, to learn more.

Don’t Let Eye Floaters
Cloud Your Vision
Video Interview with
Paul Singh, MD (USA)

If you suffer from vitreous strands and opacities (commonly referred to as “eye floaters”), then you are already familiar with the frustrating visual disturbance caused by these cobweb and cloud-like shadows. Laser floater removal is a non-invasive, pain-free procedure that can eliminate the visual disturbance caused by floaters. Watch the video interview with Dr. Paul Singh, MD, to learn more.