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Floaters are small, semi-transparent specks of various shapes and sizes or like cobwebs that float within the vitreous, the clear jelly-like fluid that fills the inner portion of the eye. They are frequently visible when looking at a plain lighted background, like a blank wall, a blue sky, or the white pages of a book. Floaters are usually harmless and are seen by many of us at one time or another. Sometimes, flashes or the appearance of streaks of light may appear as well. This is due to the jelly-like vitreous shrinking and pulling on the retina. As this process continues, it can result in a part of the vitreous actually becoming detached from the back of the eye. This is known as a posterior vitreous detachment (PVD) and is a natural aging process and is often not serious. On rare occasions, a PVD can cause small tears or holes in the retina, which can lead to severe vision loss if the retina becomes detached from the back of the eye. Therefore it is important to have a dilated eye examination soon after experiencing flashes and floaters, or if there is an increase in the number or intensity of flashes or floaters, to check for retinal holes and tears before they lead to a retinal detachment.
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Unprotected exposure to the sun's ultraviolet light may increase the risk for developing cataracts and macular degeneration. Both conditions can cause vision loss. Therefore it is recommended that everyone- children and adults- wear sunglasses whenever they are outdoors, especially if engaging in any activity that is longer than 15 minutes: yard work/gardening, participating in sports, watching outdoor games, picnicking, playing at the beach, reading a book on a park bench, etc. When purchasing sunglasses, make sure the lenses have both UVA and UVB coating.
Fun Fact: How much do you Blink?
According to Boston College psychology professor Joseph Tecce, the average human blinks between 30 - 50 times per minute and a blink rate over 70 usually indicates a high level of stress. "Anything that makes us uncomfortable makes us blink faster. Conversely, anything that makes us feel good makes us blink more slowly," said Tecce. We blink less when we're reading, daydreaming, and working at the computer and more when we're suffering from allergies, dry eyes, under stress, and when lying. Watch someone like Roger Clemens testifying about using steroids and you may see him blink much more when responding to tough questions. However, you can't call everyone a liar just because their blink rate goes up. Obama blinked over 92 times per minute during the Q&A portion of the presidential debate last year, which was a reflection of the stress he was under. "Next time you're arguing with someone, take a look at their blink rate, and you'll know if you're getting to them," said Tecce.