It can be frightening to see tiny specks of flood your field of vision. Those specks are known as eye floaters and a relatively common phenomenon particularly in older people and those who are near-sighted. They are usually dark in color and may resemble black spots. When people experience them, they’re sometimes concerned that they’re having a stroke or have a serious disease. Are dark floaters a cause for concern?
What Causes Eye Floaters?

You may be surprised to learn that eye floaters aren’t an optical illusion. When you see dark floaters you’re seeing actual specks of material suspended in the vitreous humor, the jelly-like fluid that fills the interior of the eye. Sometimes these deposits are remnants remaining from when the eye was formed, but more commonly they represent debris that accumulates over time as the eye ages. This debris can move through the vitreous humor casting a shadow on the retina which makes the debris appear as gray or dark specks in the field of vision. Some people with dark floaters also experience jagged lines, specks, or squiggles of light. Dark floaters are so visible, and annoying, because they’re suspended in a liquid media and can move across the retinal field. Read the Full Story from Health Mad


  1. People who are nearsighted are more prone to eye floaters. Excessive computer use or near work may contribute to the onset of floaters as well. As one ages, the vitreous gel (which helps maintain the shape of the eye) starts to liquefy, adding more stress on the connective tissue between the vitreous sac and retina, thereby increasing one’s risk of getting eye floaters.

    Sometimes an eye floater may be simply debri left over from fetal development where blood vessels no longer needed did not completely dissolve, leaving bits of debri in the vitreous gel. This debri may have just been out of “field of focus”, then for whatever reason floated into view.

    Anyone experiencing a sudden increase in eye floaters should get examined by their eye doctor.

    Diet, lifestyle, and specific nutrient supplementation can play a role in preventing eye floaters.

    Based on Chinese medicine, there is an energetic system within the eyes that slowly works on breaking down the eye floaters. This energetic system can be enhanced by cleansing and tonifying the Liver (meridian). The Liver meridian in Chinese medicine “opens to the eyes”, and is the main channel of energy responsible for overall healthy vision.

    Daily eye exercises also help maintain healthy vision. For a demo of 3 great eye exercises by Dr. Grossman, one of the Country’s leading behavioral optometrists, go to

    For more information on eye floaters and ways they may be prevented and possibly helped, go to

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