Floaters are little “cobwebs” or specks that float about in your field of vision. They are small, dark, shadowy shapes that can look like spots, thread-like strands, or squiggly lines. Nearly everyone experiences floaters at some point in life.
Although they can be extremely annoying, floaters are usually not a cause for concern and rarely reach a stage in which they make a person incapable of normal function.
Occasionally, however, floaters can indicate a retinal tear, a retinal detachment, or an inflammation inside the eye. The appearance of many new floaters should be brought to the attention of an eye care specialist
For all of the NEI information on this topic, please visit the following webpage:
Facts About Floaters
For more information from other health sites, please visit the following webpages:
MedlinePlus, Eye floaters
Prevent Blindness, Floaters