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What are those floaty things in your eye? – Michael Mauser

What are those floaty things in your eye? – Michael Mauser


Have you ever noticed something swimming
in your field of vision? It may look like a tiny worm
or a transparent blob, and whenever you try to get
a closer look, it disappears, only to reappear
as soon as you shift your glance. But don’t go rinsing out your eyes! What you are seeing is a common phenomenon known as a floater. The scientific name for these objects
is Muscae volitantes, Latin for “flying flies,” and true to their name,
they can be somewhat annoying. But they’re not actually bugs
or any kind of external objects at all. Rather, they exist inside your eyeball. Floaters may seem to be alive,
since they move and change shape, but they are not alive. Floaters are tiny objects
that cast shadows on the retina, the light-sensitive tissue
at the back of your eye. They might be bits of tissue, red blood cells, or clumps of protein. And because they’re suspended
within the vitreous humor, the gel-like liquid
that fills the inside of your eye, floaters drift along
with your eye movements, and seem to bounce a little
when your eye stops. Floaters may be only
barely distinguishable most of the time. They become more visible
the closer they are to the retina, just as holding your hand closer
to a table with an overhead light will result in a more
sharply defined shadow. And floaters are particularly noticeable when you are looking
at a uniform bright surface, like a blank computer screen, snow, or a clear sky, where the consistency of the background
makes them easier to distinguish. The brighter the light is,
the more your pupil contracts. This has an effect similar
to replacing a large diffuse light fixture with a single overhead light bulb, which also makes
the shadow appear clearer. There is another visual phenomenon
that looks similar to floaters but is in fact unrelated. If you’ve seen tiny dots of light
darting about when looking at a bright blue sky, you’ve experienced what is known
as the blue field entoptic phenomenon. In some ways,
this is the opposite of seeing floaters. Here, you are not seeing shadows but little moving windows
letting light through to your retina. The windows are actually caused
by white blood cells moving through the capillaries
along your retina’s surface. These leukocytes can be so large
that they nearly fill a capillary causing a plasma space
to open up in front of them. Because the space
and the white blood cells are both more transparent to blue light than the red blood cells
normally present in capillaries, we see a moving dot of light
wherever this happens, following the paths of your capillaries
and moving in time with your pulse. Under ideal viewing conditions, you might even see what looks
like a dark tail following the dot. This is the red blood cells
that have bunched up behind the leukocyte. Some science museums have an exhibit
which consists of a screen of blue light, allowing you to see these blue sky sprites
much more clearly than you normally would. While everybody’s eyes experience
these sort of effects, the number and type vary greatly. In the case of floaters, they often go unnoticed,
as our brain learns to ignore them. However, abnormally numerous or large floaters
that interfere with vision may be a sign of a more serious condition,
requiring immediate medical treatment. But the majority of the time
entoptic phenomena, such as floaters and blue sky sprites, are just a gentle reminder
that what we think we see depends just as much
on our biology and minds as it does on the external world.

Comments (100)

  1. Thought it was just me for a while.

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  3. & There was me who thought that i had the superpower of seeing little creatures without Microscope & I'm the only one with this ability

  4. I thought I could see air

  5. Floaters are just a reminder that, "Yes, we are physically deteriorating."

  6. Thanks for the explanation but i have something different , when i look at somethink for some sec , my eye starts seeing a tunel. Its like if i was going at the speed of sound inside a round shaped cave ( or tunel ) and it happend rarely. Sorry if i spelled some words wrong ?

  7. I literally used to play with that float things like, keeping it up while they drop down 😀

  8. I’ve never had floaters
    now I feel left out…

  9. Bruh omg im not spectial

  10. It’s not pronounced “cap-a-larries”. Ffs. Learn to speak English.

  11. More like a film, with stuff on an edge . If you’re in the right sunlight you can see the whole thing . Kind of like at 59 seconds

  12. I legit thought I was seeing ebola

  13. Lol. I see floaters all the time dude. It’s normal to me.

  14. Please dont be ratsist.greeke subs please

  15. Oh so the shadow man is just my red blood cells

  16. I remember seeing these and first thinking about them in like 4th grade at my bus stop…

    my mom said I should drink more water..

  17. I can see these phenomenons in my eye but I cannot see an American Democrat ever telling the sincere truth

  18. Squiggly lines and floaters + bright light flashes inside your eye: better see an Ophthalmologist SOON.

  19. And whats with micro plastic

  20. Random recommendation from YouTube. 45 learning something new.

  21. My Inner Narcissist : I have super x-ray vision!

    YouTube: You're average with average floating things in your eyeballs.

    My Inner Narcissistic: I carry a whole family of floaty thingys in my eyeballs. I have super powers!

    YouTube: …

  22. Two words Urgent Care!

  23. I thought at first I can see atoms

  24. In my childhood i was thinking that aliens were trying to contact me ????

  25. I thought there was something wrong with my eyes never told anyone to find this video thanks for making me feel normal again phoooow

  26. I’ve been calling mine Billy the worm. I’m sad Billy is not alive. #foreveralone

  27. I've never had these, I feel like I'm special

  28. How can someone take a photo of that *thumbnail"

  29. Why can Science invoke an umbra during an eclipse?
    The moons shadow must cat it’s true size not magnify it to a distance of 70 miles.

    The earth is flat and stationary space is fake and both the moon and sun are small and close. ?

  30. Are floaters signs of diabetic retinopathy

  31. Will it cause damage to your eye?

  32. I've been searching for this answers,. .thankyou soooooo much . .????

  33. I think im the only one haha
    I Think They are My Chackra

  34. that what I see them lot went im useing my phone

  35. I thought I had worms in my eyes lmao

  36. I Never try to know reason behind these?? I just ignore it every time ?

  37. I thought there was just something wrong with my eyes

  38. When science exceeds your superpowers and imagination.

  39. I wish there was a cure. Floaters are depressing especially when your eyesight is lousy anyway.

  40. Now i can die in pieces

  41. I always get those in the carrrrrrr

  42. DO THIS NOW..
    bend your body like a mountain
    now shout in your top of your throut
    YOU WILL SEE A FRAME LIKE THING
    i know this because because im in ncc its like army punishment

  43. I thought that those things were ghosts…..?
    Good that you explained everything!

  44. I thought i had glaucoma

  45. I never saw them in my lifetime maybe ma brain ignored it everytime it was in ma eye

  46. I see them when I look at a light—
    and by that, I mean thicc ones

  47. I thought I was going blind cause I have glasses but thank god im not I almost accepted it but then everyone else has em I see clear circles floating everyday

  48. And how do u know all of this?

  49. I am old enough to have vitreous detachment, first one eye and then the other about 2 months later. Not awful, but not great either.

  50. My parents said that it was a sign of losing eyesight, anybody else with that too?

  51. I was close to a detached retina. The floaters were really bad. I was in a panic and went to 4 places in 2 days. I got a diagnosis, it was my eye changing shape, the jelly stuff in the eye can dry out and come away temporarily. It's an age thing. MSM drops are supposed to be good for floaters. I have a dropper bottle of it.

  52. why are my floaters like many many big and small circles

  53. I can finally rest easy

  54. I thought they were souls drifting like in final fantasy x

  55. I always thought someone was blowing bubbles from somewhere.

  56. Dang! I thought I was special….

  57. I thought I was losing my eye sight

  58. so its not dangerous.. thx god

  59. Okay now explain why my pp gets hard if i see two girls kissing

  60. Thanks man I used to think something s wrong with my eyes

  61. I saw them for 12 years now I am 16 and have -4 D specs.??

  62. Dude, I thought in the only person who has superpowers like this ? I started seeing this when I was a kid I thought im the only one who have floaters and I thought in gonna be blind.

  63. I thought I could see bacteria

  64. that happened to me but I've go to the doctor and give me a medicine in my eye and it didn't work it's forever

  65. Ik what is the rainbow thingies in my eyes!

    Childhood Mystery Solved!

  66. WTF I thought I had opened my third eye

  67. I thought I had a disease…

  68. When i was 5 yrs old,this things scared me because i thought it was a ghost

  69. this never happened to me

  70. Yes, I get these and went to the optician because I thought they were parasites!

  71. I laughed so hard when the giant floater glided in

  72. titolo in italiano e audio in inglese….. insomma….

  73. Mystery solved… Been wondering about this since I have been around 8 years old! 40 years!!

  74. During school My whole life I was thinking about this. Thanks for sharing

  75. In my childhood they was making me fun i was trying to catch them jumping but i did not catch them..

  76. this happen to me many times while looking in the sky,first ithought it was nothing (only my imagination)but when i try to follow it it moves downward and if I move my eye upward i can see it again

  77. I have thought that I can see cells at micro level it doesn't??

  78. I was worried I find out something like there floaters are tiny harmless microorganisms that live on the surface of my eyes.

  79. Its very easy to see then. Just train seeing your energy (aurea) and then you will see then easily

  80. I mostly see those When im swimming ;/;

  81. If mine are always the same – does that mean something is stuck in my eye?

  82. This is literally the best comment section on the entire youtube

  83. The more sun gazing I do the less and less I see these

  84. my god, i realy think that. my childhood

  85. I used to pretend that the floaters were biscuits and then eat them until they stopped our i fell asleep

  86. Glad to find out I am not going blind, not crazy and don’t have cancer. ??

  87. People seeing floaters are not seeing what I see.

  88. Thanks u so much for sharing your knowledge. Iv just recently noticed my floaters. At 1st I was worried. But the more info I get makes me feel way better. Thanks again. Nice to know im normal ?

  89. Omg I thought I was the only one and never even asked the eye doctor if it was normal or was I the only one

  90. IF THEY ARE NOT ALIVE THEN WHY DO THEY HAVE EYES!!!???

  91. I have heaps of these in my eyes.

  92. I thought those were tape worms tho.,.

  93. I just thought I was schizophrenic

  94. Anybody else here see them all the time, but never actually questioned them being there?

  95. i thought i was the only one. when i was young i thought it was my angel lol

  96. I always thought it was ghost

  97. I thought I have some great superpowers when I was younger everytime I experienced this lol

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