If your vision has been distorted by a phantom light or object that dances around, you are likely experiencing something known as a floater. Floaters are relatively opaque objects that you may occasionally see floating in your field of vision. They become more visible when looking at a flat, light background. If you’re wondering what causes floaters to appear and what can be done to treat it, continue reading.

As people age, clumps form inside the eye as the clear gel that fills the space between the lens and the retina starts to liquefy centrally. The outer portion of this gel pulls away from the retina and detaches. Once the vitreous detachment occurs, the brain begins to perceive flashes of light that are not actually there.

The good news is that floaters tend to go away without any treatment. However, it is important to make sure this is not a symptom of a more severe condition, such as a torn retina.

Consult with Dr. Shobha Tandon at our Union City location to rule out any other potential problems with your vision.