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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

CDC Tips From Former Smokers Marlenes Eye Injections

(Marlene) Oh God, I was scared. I went, quot;Oh, my God, how am I going to get a needle in my eyeéquot; I went to sleep andI pictured them, the , just coming at me. I'm Marlene,

I smoked and gotmacular degeneration. So I don't see very well. I didn't know what to expect, I wish I could havekept my eyes closed, but I couldn't. She cleaned my eye witha betadine solution which burned the hell out of it. Then she puts a clamp onmy eye to keep it open.

So I said, quot;Ohgreat, now I really can't keep my eyes closed.quot; And then what she does is she takes two large Qtipsand puts one in the corner of the eye and one at the outer corner of myeye for about a minute, and it's to numb. And then she takesthis instrument,

which I really never saw, and actually puts itto my eyeball. She's indenting it, myeyeball, it's an area where it's marked off where theactual needle goes in. Oh, I remember the firsttime she did it, I don't want to soundgross or anything, but it sounded like anegg was cracking. She took the needle outand she said,

quot;Okay, it's out.quot; And, oh my God, it did.It bothered me. And I went home and Ifelt miserable and I said to myself, quot;Why the hell did I ever smokeéquot; I would never havesmoked if I knew that I was going to begoing through this.

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