Eye Health

Can Contact Lenses Cause Floaters?

Floaters are one of the most common ailments affecting the eye and are also immensely treatable. while there are many triggers for eye floaters, the  regular contact lens is not one of them. 

Floaters are usually noticed as small clouds or specks moving within the line of vision, most often seen while staring at a plain background like the blue sky or a plain wall. These are however, tiny clumps of cells or gel present within the vitreous - the jelly like fluid- which lies within the eyes.

They occur in many shapes including webs, strands or specks. It is actually the shadow of the floater being reflected on the retina that you see during this problem. This condition is very common and therefore, is rarely seen as a cause for concern.

However, there are cases where the floater does become a serious matter. In certain rare cases, the floater could indicate retinal tears or detachment from some form of eye disease. When associated with migraine headaches, the floaters require more investigation to ensure that it's not something severe affecting the eyes In recent years though, people have started looking at contacts as a possible cause behind floaters.

While contacts are usually not seen as the primary cause of floaters, it may trigger tear film debris(dark specks within the tear film of the eye). These are not the same as floaters but associated with the same because of the likeness of their symptoms. The condition is more prominent in people with blepharitis or a dysfunctional meibomian gland.

Symptoms of Floaters:
* Seeing spots or shadowy shapes passing over your line of sight. Since they are inside your eye, you may see them move along with the movement of your eyes in any particular direction.
* Flashes of light- this is a common symptom in the elderly and is caused by photoreceptors being stimulated mechanically. This usually occurs when the vitreous tugs on the retina and may possibly indicate detached retina condition.
* Obstructed view: there could be some vision problems due to floaters such as eye sight hindrance.

Treatment for Eye Floaters
Surgery is used in certain rare cases to treat eye floaters, but given their generally harmless nature, they are usually left alone.

All said and one, it is important for you to consult a trained ophthalmologist in case you notice any significant amount of floaters within your line of sight. While contacts may not trigger the condition, it would also be wise to ask your doctor's opinion on their usage, once diagnosed with the condition.