Ophthalmologist Questions Eye Floaters

Is seeing eye floaters normal?

I'm 24 years old and I see eye floaters. Is seeing eye floaters normal, or should I go to a doctor?

12 Answers

Our eye is filled with a gel-like structure called the vitreous. As we age, the vitreous starts to thicken forming clumps or strands. These strands are what you see as floaters. This is a normal aging process and there is no treatment or supplement available to decrease or eliminate them. Floaters should stay stable or fade away over time. If you experience a sudden increase in the amount of floaters or constant flashes, you should go to your nearest ophthalmologist to get a dilated fundus examination to rule out retinal tears or detachment.
Small floaters that you have had for several months or more are rarely serious. If you get a new floater or floaters, you should be examined by and ophthalmologist. They can sometimes be a sign of a retinal tear or detachment which can be serious.

John D.

It’s normal to have some floaters. If you are experiencing new or large floaters or are seeing flashes of light, then you should see an Ophthalmologist.
80% do sometimes in life, but new floaters NEED to be checked.
Seeing floaters at your age is not normal so you should see an ophthalmologist. It could be a sign of a hole in your retina or inflammation or even blood.
It can be normal, however, if they are new, you should have them checked by a doctor.

Seeing floaters in normal in older individuals. You are quite young. If the floaters are new, if you are very nearsighted, or the floaters are associated with some eye discomfort, I would recommend that you see an ophthalmologist for a dilated eye examination.
Vitreous syneresis is the natural liquefying process of the vitreous. A few dots, especially on a bright sunny day are normal. If you have many floaters, you should see an ophthalmologist for a more thorough examination
Eye floaters are a common condition that most patients experience in their lifetimes. You should have a dilated exam to make certain that the eye in question has not had internal bleed or developed a retinal tear or detachment.
Floaters can be normal or a sign of a retinal tear or hole. It is best to get it checked out with a dilated eye exam.
You should be dilated and most likely they are nothing serious.
Seeing floaters may be normal, but see your doctor if there are increased floaters or there are light flashes or visual field loss.