Eye Floaters and Aging Can Be Very Common

Eye floaters and aging have one very strong common bond; getting older is the major cause of them.

In fact, as we reach our mid 60’s and early 70’s, the vast majority of us will experience them in some form.

They can be very mild and do not affect us much, or they can become severe and become quite concerning as we are not quite sure what is happening.

However, despite any claims you might have heard about herbs, vitamins, or holistic treatments preventing them, ignore them all.

Eye Floaters and Aging

The reason for this is very simple; there are no documented cases of anything that can prevent them, slow them, or cure them.

However, there are some other very important reasons to ignore these claims and most all medical experts will tell you the same thing.

  • Over 90% of people affected by them have no real issues
  • In the vast majority of cases they go away on their own
  • They are part of the normal aging process.

However, and this is an extremely important fact, a very sudden and strong onset of them is not normal for our age group, or any age group.

If you have a sudden attack and you see flashing as well as severe floating, you need to see your eye professional as quickly as possible.

Facts About Floaters:
The Symptoms

With eye floaters and aging, some of us will be more aware of them and become quite anxious about them, but again if they come and go, they are not considered serious.

Because of this, in the vast majority of cases they will not require any type of treatment, unless as mentioned, they attack you suddenly and are very strong.

Here are the most common symptoms with eye floaters and aging.

  • Spots or dark specks that literally seem to “float”
  • Specks that move when our eyes move
  • When you go to look at them, they disappear
  • Specs or spots that will slow down and slowly drift away

These spots or specks, however, can also look almost like cobwebs to a lot of us, and to some of us, they may look like “string that is floating”.

However, a lot of this will all depend on how our “vitreous” is changing as we get older.

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The Potential Causes

Our eyes contain a sponging or jell like substance that is referred to as “vitreous”, and just like the rest of our body as we get older, it is changing slightly as well.

There are extremely small microscopic fibers located within our “vitreous” that over time, lose some of its structure and becomes more liquid in nature.

Once this occurs, they begin to blob, cluster, or clump up.

It is this blob or cluster form that is now casting shadows on our retina, and the result is the spots, specks, or spider webs we are now seeing.

Eye floaters and aging, again have a very strong connection, as here are the most common causes of them.

  • Aging—by far and away the most common cause
  • Some type of inflammation
  • Blood in our eyes
  • Retina damage

The changes as described with our vitreous are by far and away the most common cause, with nothing else even a close second.

Once it becomes more liquid like in nature instead of firm, in addition to becoming blob like and clusters, it also becomes a bit smaller, allowing even more debris to interfere with light.

 Some Diseases and Conditions Can Trigger Them

If inflammation is the cause, there is a very good chance you have some type of an infection, or worse yet, some type of inflammatory disease that is developing.

If you have had a recent injury to your eye of any kind that has damaged it, small particles of blood may be triggering it.

If the cause is a torn retina, in the vast majority of cases, eye floaters and aging are no longer relevant, as you will also begin to see bright flashing.

In this case, you need to seek professional help as quickly as you can. 

There are some diseases and conditions that can also trigger it and they include some of the following

  • Diabetes
  • Retinal tears or detachment
  • A recent operation for cataracts

Diabetic retinopathy can also be associated with eye floaters and aging, as it has a direct effect on the retina in our eyes.

Our retina, located in the back of our eyes is made up several cells and helps us to receive light.

High blood sugar levels is the direct cause of diabetic retinopathy, and if it not controlled, that last you need to worry about is these specs and dots, as you could lose your vision altogether.

If you have recently had surgery for cataracts, this can also trigger them, but in most all cases it will only be temporary.

There are some other potential causes such as tumors associated with leukemia, but this is extremely rare.

Real Warning Signs

A tear in the retina or a detachment that is developing can also trigger them, and here are some of the warning signs.

  • Large amounts of them all of a sudden
  • A very sudden attack accompanied by flashes
  • Losing any type of peripheral vision

If you begin to lose your peripheral vision and all you see is darkness on the side of an object, this has now become a very serious condition.

So is a very large amount of dots, spots, or spider webs, as well as any type of flashing.

However, in the vast majority of cases with eye floaters and aging, it is a normal part of getting older.

The may be an annoyance, but in most cases they will go away on their own.

References

http://www.medicinenet.com/eye_floaters/page3.htm

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