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Floaters are known as little black dots or specks in your vision. They can sometimes move when you move your eyes to look at them. They tend to drift when your eyes stop moving. They typically become unnoticed and more numerous. Floaters can start when the vitreous fluid turns in to a more aqueous solution. These floaters can also happen when the vitreous fluid pulls the fine fibers away from the retina in bunches instead of gradually.

The vitreous fluid fills about 80% of the eye and slowly shrinks over time. These strings can cast shadows on the retina. There are other causes of floaters like infection, inflammation (uveitis), hemorrhaging, retinal tears, and injury to the eye.

Some floaters that are so dense that vision is affect, a vitrectomy can remove floaters from the vitreous floaters. This surgery removes all the vitreous gel and the floaters from the eye and then replaces it with a salt solution.