What Are Those "Flies" That 70% Of People See Before Their Eyes?

The human body is a perfect machine. One stellar example of what nature has given us can be "seen" in our eyesight. Still, there are occasions when small disturbances can occur. These can be caused by external variables such as irritants or conditions within the eye itself. Amongst these tiny problems in one which is very common and has a rather unique name. This rather strange anomaly is often referred to as "floaters". Generally speaking, floaters are a phenomenon that is defined as tiny worm-like structures which suddenly appear before our very eyes; mimicking transparent and moving shapes. When this happens, they are commonly referred to as "cobwebs" or "the flies". For lack of a more exhaustive description, we can also name them "floaters". From a scientific standpoint, these interesting anomalies are actually very well known by ophthalmologists. Let us now take a quick look at some of the primary causes as well as the accepted remedies.

A Ubiquitous Phenomenon

One of the most interesting aspects of floaters is that no less than 70 per cent of humans will experience them at one time or another. In most cases, they cause little concern and are simply ignored. These floaters are more likely to occur when we are around a very bright source of power such as an overhead lamp or the sun itself. Similarly, floaters will often appear after we have been staring at the sky for a considerable amount of time or our eyes have been fixated to a computer screen. As soon as our eyes migrate away from sources of light, these transparent vermicelli-type worms suddenly appear and seem to follow our field of vision. In the majority of cases, such floaters will disappear after a short period of time and we will go about our daily lives. So, most of us do not find these "intruders" very disturbing and thus, we will normally not bring up their presence to a doctor or eye examiner. It is still a fact that the long-term presence of these floaters will warrant an examination from an eye specialist, as is mentioned below.

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