What are the “floaters” that I see in my eyes and are they dangerous?

Floaters are small, protein ‘fibre’ particles that form in the vitreous or jelly part of the eyes as the vitreous changes with age. These ‘fibres’ form a shadow within the eye. Although most people have floaters in their eyes, they are unaware of their presence.

In severe cases, floaters can be tiny blood particles. This can happen when the vitreous or jelly is pulling on the retina, at the back of the eye, which can cause a small tear.

Normally floaters are harmless, but a sudden onset of floaters always requires a full eye examination to rule out any complications.

  • Why does my eyelid jump or flutter?

This is caused by a nerve impulse that causes an eyelid spasm. It is normally intermittent and can last from a few days to a few weeks. Stress and fatigue can trigger the spasm. Increasing your magnesium intake may help in reducing the twitching.