• I think I have floaters, so why can't my doctor see them?


    Question:

    I have what appear to be floaters in my eye, but the doctor cannot see them. Is it possible that I am very sensitive to them, but they cannot be seen by the doctor?


    Answer:
    Floaters can occur for different reasons. The most common cause for floaters is vitreous degeneration, which is a slow process of change in the vitreous gel in the back of the eye. As the gel liquefies and condenses over time, we may start to see dark spots or floaters in our vision. They can be subtle on examination and at times very noticeable to you, the patient, especially in brighter lighting when your pupil becomes very small. This happens because you are actually seeing the shadow of the opacity (floater) rather than the floater itself, which may be very small and not obvious on exam.

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