Floaters appear as specks, dots or cobwebs in your field of vision. They look like something outside your eye, when in actuality a floater is inside. They are made of tiny clumps of gel or cells in the vitreous layer of the eye. As we age, the vitreous thickens, making us more prone to floaters. Most floaters are temporary and can be eliminated by moving your eyes up and down as well as side to side.
However, if a floater is associated with a shower of specs, flashes of light, or a curtain falling over your vision, call the office immediately. A floater can be mistaken for a much more serious ailment such as retinal detachment.