Eye floaters

Specks in your vision

Eye floaters

Eye floaters are small, squiggly lines or dark specks that move as if floating in your vision. They are caused by clumps of cell debris or microscopic protein fibers that drift around in the fluid that fills the back of your eye. When light enters the eye, these clumps can cast a small shadow on your retina, and this shadow is what you see as floaters.


The eye is the organ of sight, a nearly spherical hollow globe filled with fluids (humors). The outer layer or tunic (sclera, or white, and cornea) is fibrous and protective. The middle layer (choroid, ciliary body and the iris) is vascular. The innermost layer (the retina) is nervous or sensory. The fluids in the eye are divided by the lens into the vitreous humor (behind the lens) and the aqueous humor (in front of the lens). The lens itself is flexible and suspended by ligaments which allow it to change shape to focus light on the retina, which is composed of sensory neurons.