Vitreous FloatersHere at Newport Eye Care we specialize in helping patients who have vitreous floaters. We want to ensure that your vision is as clear as possible.

Vitreous floaters are small cobwebs that float around in the field of vision. These cobwebs are small and dark and have thin strands. They move just as your eye moves but not always precisely, just in the general direction. They also can appear to move away when you attempt to look at them directly.

Many people ignore floaters when they first appear. Also, people with floaters do not always notice them right away. They may not realize that they have a problem until they have several floaters.

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Floaters are caused when the vitreous slowly shrinks. The original substance of the vitreous is a gel-like substance and fills approximately 80% of your eye. As the vitreous shrinks, it begins to create strands and tiny shadows in the retina. These shadows can appear as floaters.

Floaters, in many cases, are a normal part of the aging process. They do not cause any serious vision or health problems. At first they can be very annoying, but eventually your brain will adapt to having them and will actually ignore them so that you do not see them.

In many cases floaters can become a serious problem. For these instances, surgery may be needed to remove the floaters as well as vitreous gel.

To learn more about floaters, contact us today at (207) 355-3333. Our qualified and friendly staff makes it our mission to help you have clear vision and healthy eyes.