Floaters can be annoying, and are often confused for a bug or spider web in front of the vision. They tend to be most obvious when looking at a white background, reading, or using the computer. While floaters are a nuisance they can also be a sign of something more dangerous, such as retinal detachment or retinal tear. It is because of this potential permanent vision loss that Dr. Fuad Makkouk, a Yale fellowship-trained surgical retina specialist, examines each patient closely and takes the time to explain any findings.


Floaters are very common, with most adults seeing them at some point in their lifetime. They are often composed of dead cells or vitreous jelly strands that float around in the posterior cavity of the eye, and cast a shadow on the retina. People describe floaters in several different ways including; squiggly lines, spots, dots, or threads. Floaters may also appear in several different colors such as black, grey, or clear. Floaters often disappear on their own as they sink to the bottom of the eye, or are absorbed by the eye. While floaters are usually harmless, they can sometimes be a sign of a retinal tear or detachment. Some other signs of retinal detachment include blurred vision, flashes of light, and curtains covering the vision. That is why it is important to get an eye exam with Dr. Fuad Makkouk at Austin Eye Center if you are experiencing floaters. 

As an MD trained at Yale University in Surgical Retina Fuad Makkouk, MD uses the newest techniques in Ophthalmology and Retinal Surgery to repair your retina and improve your vision. 

Don’t take any risks if you have floaters, rest assured that Dr. Fuad Makkouk is the right retina specialist for you. Call or schedule online to see Dr. Makkouk and the team at Austin Eye Center.


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