Floaters Specialist

Sponsel Eye Experts

Ophthalmology & General Optometry located in Downtown Area, San Antonio, TX

Most adults have harmless floaters that don’t interfere with their vision. However, if you have new floaters that develop without warning, the professionals at Sponsel Eye Experts, can help. At the office in San Antonio, Texas, the ophthalmology team offers comprehensive eye exams to identify the cause of your floaters. They also provide conservative therapies and surgical treatments to eliminate floaters for good, so your vision is clear. Call the office of Sponsel Eye Experts, to book a floater evaluation or schedule an appointment online today.

Floaters Q & A

What are floaters?

Eye floaters are small, dark shapes that float across your vision when you move your eyes. Floaters can look like threads, squiggly lines, or spots.

You develop floaters because of changes in your eyes that cause strands of the vitreous fluids to stick together. Vitreous fluids are the gel-like fluids that fill your eye, and when they group together, you can see shadows on your retina, the light-sensitive layer at the back of your eye.

Your risk for developing floaters increases as you age, especially if you’re very nearsighted or if you have underlying conditions like diabetes. If you have cataract surgery, you might also be more likely to develop floaters afterward.

More serious causes of floaters include:

  • Infections
  • Eye injuries
  • Bleeding in the eye
  • Chronic eye inflammation (uveitis)

Retinal tears and retinal detachment are also possible causes of floaters. These eye conditions are serious and require immediate medical care.

When should I seek treatment for floaters?

You might notice floaters that come and go and don’t always require treatment. However, floaters can be a warning sign that you have a more serious underlying eye condition.

For this reason, it’s important that you mention the floaters to the team at Sponsel Eye Experts, during your annual eye exam. The team offers dilated eye exams to determine what’s causing your floaters and whether you need treatment.

You should also schedule a consultation if you suddenly develop new floaters that aren’t going away.

How are floaters treated?

If you have floaters because of natural, age-related changes in your eye, you might not need treatment. The team at Sponsel Eye Experts, continues to monitor your floaters for signs of a more serious condition during your routine eye exams.

The team can create a treatment plan to address eye inflammation, injuries, and other causes of floaters.

When you have large floaters that interfere with your vision, you might need a procedure known as a vitrectomy to remove them. The team discusses your options for treatment based on your age, your general health, and your visual acuity.

Call the office of Sponsel Eye Experts, to schedule a diagnostic evaluation for floaters or book an appointment online today.