There are small, delicate blood vessels beneaththe tissue covering the white of the eye â€“ when these break it is called a subconjunctivalhemorrhage. Although the condition can be very dramatic in appearance, it is generallybenign, and causes no vision problems or significant eye discomfort. Some causes include traumato the eye, a sudden increase in blood pressure due to heavy lifting, coughing, sneezing,laughing or constipation; the use of blood thinners such as aspirin or warfarin, or rarelya blood clotting disorder. The treatment is to not rub the eye, and much like a bruise,it takes approximately 1014 days for the condition to resolve. Lubricating eye dropscan help soothe the eye, and cold compresses
can help with the discomfort. If the conditionhappens once, then it is usually considered normal and benign. However, if it happensmore than once, then there may be a more serious condition that needs to be addressed. Be sureto check with your of Optometry if you notice sudden and persistent redness,especially if it occurs with changes in vision, pain or light sensitivity.
What are those floaty things in your eye Michael Mauser
Have you ever noticed something swimmingin your field of visioné It may look like a tiny wormor a transparent blob, and whenever you try to geta closer look, it disappears, only to reappearas soon as you shift your glance. But don't go rinsing out your eyes! What you are seeing is a common phenomenon known as a floater. The scientific name for these objectsis Muscae volitantes,
Latin for quot;flying flies,quot; and true to their name,they can be somewhat annoying. But they're not actually bugsor any kind of external objects at all. Rather, they exist inside your eyeball. Floaters may seem to be alive,since they move and change shape, but they are not alive. Floaters are tiny objectsthat cast shadows on the retina, the lightsensitive tissueat the back of your eye.
They might be bits of tissue, red blood cells, or clumps of protein. And because they're suspendedwithin the vitreous humor, the gellike liquidthat fills the inside of your eye, floaters drift alongwith your eye movements, and seem to bounce a littlewhen your eye stops. Floaters may be onlybarely distinguishable most of the time.
They become more visiblethe closer they are to the retina, just as holding your hand closerto a table with an overhead light will result in a moresharply defined shadow. And floaters are particularly noticeable when you are lookingat a uniform bright surface, like a blank computer screen, snow, or a clear sky,
where the consistency of the backgroundmakes them easier to distinguish. The brighter the light is,the more your pupil contracts. This has an effect similarto replacing a large diffuse light fixture with a single overhead light bulb, which also makesthe shadow appear clearer. There is another visual phenomenonthat looks similar to floaters but is in fact unrelated. If you've seen tiny dots of lightdarting about
when looking at a bright blue sky, you've experienced what is knownas the blue field entoptic phenomenon. In some ways,this is the opposite of seeing floaters. Here, you are not seeing shadows but little moving windowsletting light through to your retina. The windows are actually causedby white blood cells moving through the capillariesalong your retina's surface. These leukocytes can be so largethat they nearly fill a capillary