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Eye Floaters & Squiggly Lines

You may or may not be familiar with the popular American animated comedy Family Guy, but one of it’s lead characters points rather close attention to those pesky squiggly lines we often see in our eyes:

“Oh squiggly line in my eye fluid.
I see you lurking there on the periphery of my vision.
But when I try to look at you, you scurry away.”

Often labelled as eye floaters, spots, specks, flecks and cobwebs, these squiggly lines are actually very common and and aren’t usually a cause of concern.

What are they?

They typically appear when tiny pieces of the gel like ‘vitreous’ substance that surrounds the eyeball breaks loose within the inner back portion of the eye. Before simply dissolving into a watery substance, some of this substance will float around in the centre of the eye, taking the shape and size of what are commonly referred to as floaters.

These spots or squiggly lines are particularly pronounced when you peer at a bright, clear sky or at a white computer screen. Once they have made their way into the centre of your eye, they’ll move as your eye moves, creating the illusion that they are always moving away as you look at them.

As mentioned at the beginning, most of these eye floaters are harmless and most will fade and become less bothersome – but this does carry a a couple of side-notes. If you see many of these floaters, if some are very prominent in your field of vision or if they’re accompanied by flashes of light, you should seek medical attention immediately. The sudden appearance of these symptoms could mean that the vitreous is detaching from the retina or the retina itself is becoming dislodged.

If you have any questions about eye floaters, retina’s or any other eye related topics, do not hesitate to get in touch with us here at Sask Optics by contacting us via our website or calling us directly on 0116 2448244 .

Posted on 29th November 2013 under Uncategorized.

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