Understanding Eye Floaters
Eye floaters are a common eye condition where the person sees spots in their path of vision. The floaters can vary in severity. That's why our Kingston and Linstead team can help you understand the cause of your eye floaters and how serious they are. Having a skilled and knowledgeable ophthalmologist assess your eye floaters to provide the appropriate treatment is essential. At A B Vision Jamaica, we help patients achieve clearer vision at our state-of-the-art facility.
What Are Floaters?
Floaters appear like bits of dust or dots that seem to float just ahead of your field of vision as you move your eyes to see things. They may look circular or seem like very thin bits of hair. When you try to blink them away, they still remain. These bits may get in the way of seeing text or images clearly.
Causes of Eye Floaters
Most eye floaters result from aging. Over the years, the vitreous fluid in the eyes shrinks, causing small particles to form and float around through the gel-like fluid. In most cases, this is harmless, but it can be an annoying problem. Floaters can also occur as a result of bleeding in the eye, often caused by diabetes. Anyone who has been diagnosed with diabetes should receive regular eye exams to monitor their vision closely. Inflammation in the eye can also cause floaters. Near-sighted patients tend to experience eye floaters more frequently than others.
Diagnosing Eye Floaters
Our eye doctor can detect eye floaters during your comprehensive eye exam. Dr. Mattis can dilate your pupils for a detailed view of the interior of your eyes. This allows us to rule out any other problem that may be causing the symptoms.
Treatment for Eye Floaters
In many cases, floaters do not require treatment. The specks will shrink in size and fall to the bottom of the eye, becoming less noticeable over time. However, large, distracting floaters may need a surgical procedure called a "vitrectomy," in which areas of the vitreous fluid are removed and replaced with an artificial fluid. In other cases, laser surgery is used to eliminate the floaters. We can determine if surgery is necessary for your floaters.
Choose A B Vision Jamaica for Your Eye Care
Dr. Mattis uses her extensive training and experience to help patients in Kingston, Linstead, and surrounding areas maintain their vision and eye health. We offer various vision services, including eye surgery, contact lens fittings, vision therapy, and treatment for a variety of eye conditions. Contact A B Vision Jamaica today at (876) 920-3600 in Kingston or 876-903-3238 in Linstead for an appointment or to learn more about how we can help.