Floaters or spots are usually clouded or semi-opaque speck or particles within the eye that are seen in the field of vision and reported by patients.
They can affect people of all ages, but are more frequently seen in patients with short-sight and in older patients.
Floaters vary greatly amongst patients, some are only barely noticeable and others are quite disturbing. Most floaters are normal and rarely cause blindness. However, they can be an indication of more serious problems.
A comprehensive eye examination will determine whether floaters are associated with any serious pathology. The use of drops to dilate your pupil allows the optometrist to see to the outer limits of the internal eye to determine which floaters are benign and which are more serious.