The information below addresses some of the most commonly asked questions about eye floaters, a common condition that affects most people as they age.

What Are Eye Floaters?

Eye floaters are small specks that can appear in a person’s field of vision and are usually harmless. They get their name from their floating appearance, but they can also appear as black or grey spots and lines or clouds in vision. These specks and spots often disappear when they’re directly focused on, drifting off once your eyes stop moving. They’re also most noticeable when something bright or plain is looked at, such as a blue sky, blank computer screen or a white wall.

How Common Are Floaters in Vision and What Causes Them?

Most people have floaters in their eyes and they can occur at any age, though they usually increase with age. While there are some serious causes of floaters, such as retinal tears, eye injury, infection and inflammation, most eye floaters simply occur as part of the natural ageing process.

Can Eye Floaters Be Treated?

For most people who suffer from eye floaters, no treatment is necessary. Please note that increased eye flashes and black spots in eyes can be a sign of retinal detachment, so it’s important that you visit your eye specialist if you’re experiencing these symptoms.