If you experience a small, dark shape in your vision, it could be a floater. Floaters look like spots, thread, or curved lines in your vision. For most people, seeing floaters is a typical side effect of aging and nothing more than an annoying occurrence.

Over time, floaters begin to settle at the bottom of the eye, causing less annoyance. While most cases of floaters are nothing to worry about, some causes must be taken care of. Retinal holes or detachments, infection, inflammation, bleeding, or an eye injury are the more serious causes of floaters.

Floaters are common in people who also suffer from diabetes, are very nearsighted, or have had a cataract operation — in addition to simply getting older.

If you experience bothersome floaters, contact Riverdale Ophthalmology today.