White or black floaters in eyes may also occur when new (abnormal) blood vessels in the eyes bleed. The blood then becomes floaters. Bleeding may happen in conditions, like diabetic retinopathy.
3. Inflammation in the Eyes
Swelling in the eyes, such as posterior uveitis, may release debris in the vitreous that then manifest as floaters. Besides having black floaters in eyes, patients with posterior uveitis may also experience blurred vision, light sensitivity, difficulty seeing color, and difficulty seeing in the dark.
Medications injected into the vitreous may result in bubbles that appear to be floaters. Depending on the medication, the floaters may last for several weeks.
When To Seek Medical Help
White or black floaters tend to be very common, particularly in the elderly. When should you seek medical help for them?
The general rule is to visit the doctor if there are changes in your vision. Hence, if you didn’t have floaters before but suddenly have them now, it’s time to set an appointment.
Now if you’re used to seeing white or black floaters in eyes but notice that they have increased in number, get in touch with your doctor as soon as possible.
Finally, seek medical help for the following symptoms:
- Flashes of light, especially if they appear suddenly
- Dark curtain or shadow blocking your vision
- Eye pain
- Blurred vision
- Floaters after eye surgery
The doctor might conduct tests and assessments to see what’s causing the white or black floaters in eyes.
If they find another condition, they will treat it first. If the floaters are related to aging, they might not suggest any treatment, unless, of course, you are deeply bothered by them. In those instances, they might consider vitrectomy, a surgery that removes some or all of the vitreous humor.
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