The term, “floaters” refers to a condition in which small spots can be seen in your vision. They are tiny pieces of gelatine or protein that form in the middle part of your eye, known as the vitreous humour.
Floaters are often a result of ageing and can be common in people who have had cataract surgery. If not treated, the condition can sometimes cause permanent blindness.
As you age, the vitreous humour separates from the retina— responsible for sending signals to the brain. This creates small balls that cast shadows, causing the floaters you see in your vision. Over time the retina can tear and detach, requiring immediate treatment to protect your sight.