What Are Floaters?
Eye vitreous floaters occur when the collagen in the vitreous gel starts to break down as we age, this usually begins around the ages of 50 to 60 years. Overtime, the collagen thickens and forms clumps. The movement of these clumps cast little shadows on the retina, giving rise to what we perceive as “floaters”.
- Floaters come in various forms, shapes and sizes
E.g. little black dots, hair-like forms, worms, strings or ropes, or even small fly-like insects
- Floaters may appear in and disappear out of your vision
- Floaters are usually more noticeable when viewed against a light or uniform background
Are Floaters Harmful? Should You Be Concerned?
Floaters are part of the eye’s normal ageing process and are generally not harmful. However in certain cases, floaters can co-exist with retinal tears and retinal holes. There is a rapid increase in floaters when this happens. The extent of floaters can be so significant that it appears as a dense fog.
Floaters, whilst a common symptom, require a thorough eye examination by an ophthalmologist to ensure that you do not have retinal tears or other more sinister eye conditions, as some of these can be treated.
Seeing a Doctor for Floaters?
Here’s what to expect.
During your consultation with an ophthalmologist, one or more of the following clinical assessments will be done:
|1. Visual acuity test
This involves getting you to read letters on a testing chart.
|2. Measurement of pressure within your eye
This may be tested either by an air puff, involving a small gust of air directed transiently on the eyeball for a fraction of a second, or a contact measurement technique using a device placed on the eye for 1 or 2 seconds.
|3. Measurement of the refractive status of your eye
It allows us to determine if your vision would be further improved with a spectacle prescription.
|4. Slit-lamp examination
Your eye doctor will examine your eye for retinal holes and tears.
|5. Dilated examination of the back section of your eye
After dilating eye drops are instilled into your eye, the ophthalmologist will examine your eye for retinal holes and tears, and to ensure the retina is in a good position.
Further tests may be performed depending on your other symptoms and the initial assessments conducted by our eye specialist.
Your eye specialist will then discuss with you whether any immediate treatment is required.
Why LSC Eye Clinic?
|Appointment making is easy and fast||Retina specialist with international experience||Conveniently located right at the heart of Orchard||15 years of helping patients care for their eyes|
|Appointment making is easy and fast|
|Retina specialist with international experience|
|Conveniently located right at the heart of Orchard|
|15 years of helping patients care for their eyes|
Our Eye Specialist
Dr Errol Chan
MBBS, MMed(Ophth), MRCSEd,
FRCSEd, FRCOphth, FRCS(Glasg), FAMS, FRCS(Canada)
Dr Errol Chan has international experience in caring for patients with eye diseases, having worked at various eye centres in the world. To date, he has performed thousands of cataract and vitreoretinal surgery procedures.
His practice centers on all aspects of general and emergency ophthalmology, with special expertise in cataract surgery, the medical and surgical treatment of retinal diseases, and uveitis. Dr Chan’s meticulous approach emphasizes quality care, safety, honesty, and empathy. His personal ethos is to provide the most appropriate treatment for every patient to achieve the best possible vision.
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