Vitreous Eye Floater
Follow The Small Dark Floater As It Moves Inside The Eye
Most people will have a vitreous detachment by age 65. The vitreous fluid inside the eye loses its firm jell type structure with age and becomes more like water. The vitreous is covered by a membrane like structure on the outer edges. This is attached to the retina around the optic nerve. As the fluid liquefies it pulls away from this attached area. The detached membrane often leaves a circular ring like floater commonly referred to as a Weiss Ring. Like most floaters, this one moves as the eye moves then begins a slower drift back towards its original position. That creates the illusion of something in your peripheral vision that always moves one step away as you turn your eyes to try and see what is there.
Vitreous Floaters Can Be Related To Retinal Detachments
Floaters and spots in your vision can be related to retinal detachments. Call your optometrist immediately if you have an onset of floaters. Your eye doctor can help decide if this is an eye emergency that needs urgent care. Fortunately most of the time vitreous detachments and a Weiss Ring do not result in a retina detaching. As a plus, the floaters also tend to settle down to the bottom of the fluid and become much less noticeable over several months time.