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What are these little things I see?

Asked by buster (10216 points ) February 20th, 2009

Every since I can remember I could see little cell and squiggly things out of the corner of my eye or in the edge of my glasses? What are those things? Germs? Amoeba’s? Cells? Is that possible? Do you ever see them? Why does this happen?

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AstroChuck's avatar

They’re called, “floaters” and many people have them. There are clumps of cells in the fluid part of your eye. What you are seeing are the shadows of these clumps.

buster's avatar

I thought floaters were in the toilet. Shadows sound logical though.

Grisson's avatar

They’re basically junk floating around in your eye that’s casting shadows on your retina.

I’ve often wondered if the circular ones with dots in the middle weren’t red blood cells. But I don’t know.

It’s really cool to try to manipulate them by moving your eyes around and make them come into the center of your vision.

But then, I suppose I have no life…

charliecompany34's avatar

it is cool to see those things. i know exactly what you are talking about. it’s a virtual science project happening right before your very eyes.

buster's avatar

@charliecompany34 Its like having sea monkeys in your head.

MrMontpetit's avatar

I get these sometimes too, do you just wait until they go away or is there a way to clean them off or something?

LouisianaGirl's avatar

i often see those too their like little different color dots just dancing all around.

forestGeek's avatar

I have some not far out of my direct vision, and if I’m looking at white paper or walls, they are kind of distracting. I’ve had them for years, so I’m used to them.

rooeytoo's avatar

I thought you only get floaters when you get old, are all you folks oldies? Eye doctor told me they are not a sign of anything bad, just there.

LouisianaGirl's avatar

im not old i dont know about any one else

forestGeek's avatar

I’ve had them since I was maybe 21. Or at least that’s when I noticed them.

buster's avatar

I noticed them when I was a little kid.

LouisianaGirl's avatar

i am still in school and i have had them a long time and they are always around especially when I am dizzy.

onesecondregrets's avatar

Thank you to the people who had legitimate answers to this question and to buster for asking it because I’ve ALWAYS wondered what those friggin’ things were or if I was just losing my mind.

buster's avatar

@onesecondregrets Nothing says thanks to someone for asking a question like clicking the great answer button.

LouisianaGirl's avatar

@buster thank you for asking such a great questions so we are still no tleft to wonder.
you`re welcome

onesecondregrets's avatar

@buster…one upped you and gave a great question click too.

buster's avatar

@onesecondregrets Sweet I’ll share the lurve too.

Darwin's avatar

Most people have a few floaters even when they are young. You get more and more as you get older. You could have a vitrectomy if you had so many that it interfered with normal function, but I don’t recommend it.

My mantra is avoid surgery whenever you can.

ubersiren's avatar

In middle school gym class my friend Liz and I used to see them as we did our sit-ups. We named them. There was Ferdinand, Gertrude, Penelope, Jeeves, and several others.

rooeytoo's avatar

Wow I had no idea they were so prevalent. I didn’t notice them until I was in my 50’s and for some reason I just assumed it was part of the aging process. Thanks for enlightening me!

FiRE_MaN's avatar

i have this too haha and i had no idea what they were untill i saw this. But does anyone see a bunch of dots when there eyes are closed? they sort of swirl around?

ubersiren's avatar

Ooooh, yes fire man, and they’re even better when you press gently on your eyes while they’re closed.

Grisson's avatar

I had them as a kid. And no, obviously I’m not old!

eenerweiner's avatar

You’ve got claghonasyphiherpelaids… I’m quite sure of it.

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