Floaters, scientifically known as "miodesopsia", are point-like or thread-like movable bodies that project on the eye’s retina, appearing within the visual field in a form of shadow strays. Shadows can vary in shape (round or filamentous), in size (may be more or less large) and quantity (may be manifested as a single shadow, but they can also vary).

The term "floaters" comes from the Greek word "myodes" which means "like flies" and "opsis" which means "vision".

The floaters can have a natural cause and simply show up, or may arise as a result of degenerative vitreous syndrome of the eye.


What kind of diseases can be associated with floaters?

The mobile bodies are not considered a disease most of the time, but can impair the vision. Diseases that can be associated with the presence of floaters are the following:

  • Cataract
  • Retinal detachment
  • Migraine
  • Optic neuritis
  • Retinoblastoma
  • Diabetic retinopathy

Remember that this is not an exhaustive list and it is highly recommended to consult your doctor, in case of symptom’s persistence.


What is the therapy for floaters?

Leading a healthy lifestyle based on a diet rich in vitamins, minerals, fruits and vegetables can help against this condition. It is very important to drink plenty of water, especially in the warmer months. Currently there is no pharmacological cure available to solve this condition. However it is very important that the patient tries to concentrate on the image that they are looking at, rather than the floaters, so they can allow the brain to adapt to their presence and eliminate them, at least from the visual point of view.

When is most likely to contact your doctor in case of floaters?

A doctor should be contacted with some of the listed diseases being diagnosed.