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Almost everyone has floaters.

But what are they, these annoying little specks that whiz about in front of our eyes?

Well, they are little pieces of condensed material from the gel INSIDE your eye, which is called the vitreous. The vitreous is made of carefully arranged collagen fibres that are transparent until they condense, when they forget to be transparent.

This process of condensing vitreous seems to get more common as we get older, and in most cases the floaters that result from it are normal and nothing to be alarmed about.

In a few cases, the floaters can be big enough, or in such big numbers, to interfere with your vision. Luckily there are solutions!

Big floaters in certain positions inside the eye can be broken up with a special laser treatment. This usually reduces the annoyance factor.

Lots of floaters, or floaters close to the lens or the retina in your eye, can be treated with an operation called a vitrectomy.

Vitrectomy uses very fine instruments to remove the vitreous gel and the floaters that are in it. Most people find that their floaters become once less annoying when the solution is an operation.

Watch out for our bad floaters post.