Floaters are very common and usually harmless.

What are floaters?

They are tiny pieces of debris in the eyes fluid, known as the vitreous humour. Vitreous humour is the jelly-like substance found in the space in the middle of the eyeball. They usually occur when clumps of the vitreous humour start moving around.

They can appear as small dark dots, squiggly lines, rings, cobwebs or flashes of light in your vision. Usually they’re not a sign of anything serious if you’ve had them for a long time, they’re not getting worse or your vision isn’t affected.

What are the symptoms of floaters?

Symptoms include:

  • Black or translucent spots or strands
  • Squiggly lines
  • Rings
  • Cobwebs
  • Flashes of light

How can floaters be treated?

Generally they are harmless and will not need treatment, but will always be noted by your optometrist during your sight test.

Should you have floaters that impact your quality of vision, a referral to a hospital ophthalmologist can be arranged to see if treatment would be beneficial.