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Video Explains What Those ‘Tiny Floating Things’ In Your Eyes Are

Mark Andrew

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Ever noticed those tiny worm-like specks floating in your eyes? Those ones that escape your sight when you try to follow them around? Well, I’m pretty sure we’ve all experienced that.

According to the video below, they actually have a name and they go by the scientific name Muscae Volitantes which literally mean “flying flies” in the Latin language.

Fret not, however, since contrary to their name, they are not real flies or any type of bug.

Commonly called as ‘floaters’ or ‘eye floaters,’ these stuff are made up of tissue, protein, or red blood cells that exist inside the eye balls. We see them whenever they cast shadows on the retina, usually when we’re staring on a bright background – such as a clear sky or a black computer screen.

Watch the TED video about eye floaters here:

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For the most part, these eye floaters are definitely nothing you should worry about but as the video above indicates, you should consider seeking immediate help from an eye expert should you experience “abnormally numerous or large floaters that interfere with your vision.” Such could be a sign of a serious eye problem.

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