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Navigating Eye Floaters: A Guide to Good Eye Health

Neelam Rahim | neelam@radioislam.co.za

3-minute read
05 May 2024 | 18:12 CAT

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In the vast expanse of our vision, specks sometimes dance, seemingly at random. These are eye floaters, often harmless but occasionally indicative of underlying issues. Understanding their presence and maintaining good eye health is paramount in preserving our most precious senses.

Amina Randeree, an independent optometrist at Signature Eyecare, lent her expertise to Radio Islam International in a crucial discussion on eye health. With an MBA degree and a role as an MBA dissertation supervisor at Mancosa College, Amina brings a wealth of knowledge to the conversation. Beyond her professional pursuits, she’s recently embraced mentorship at the Womandla Foundation.

Randeree explains, “floaters have to do with the gel in the back of the eye in the vitreous which helps keep the eye in position and gives it its shape to ensure the eye doesn’t collapse. Over time this gel can liquify due to age into other medical conditions.”

One crucial aspect of maintaining good eye health is monitoring the vitreous humour, a gel-like substance that fills the space between the lens and the retina. Changes in the vitreous can lead to conditions like floaters, flashes, or even more serious issues like retinal detachment. Regular eye exams, a proactive measure, can help detect any abnormalities in the vitreous and prevent potential vision problems.

Recognizing potential issues with vitreous humour, a crucial component of eye health, involves paying attention to several key signs. Floaters, those small specks or threads that seem to drift across your vision, particularly against bright backgrounds, can indicate changes in the vitreous. Flashes of light, brief streaks or bursts of light often occurring in the peripheral vision, might signal traction on the retina, prompting further investigation. These signs, if noticed, should not be ignored and should prompt a visit to an eye care professional. 

Moreover, the appearance of a dark curtain or shadow in the peripheral vision is a concerning sign of a potential retinal detachment, necessitating immediate medical evaluation. 

Blurry or distorted vision, especially if it occurs suddenly or alongside other symptoms, may indicate underlying vitreous or retinal issues that require immediate professional assessment. Recognizing these signs and promptly seeking medical care is crucial in preserving eye health and preventing potential vision loss.

Listen to the full interview on Sabahul Muslim with Moulana Sulaimaan Ravat.

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