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.

100 thoughts on “What are those floaty things in your eye? – Michael Mauser

  1. Someone plus share this with Greta the Swedish robot. She can 'see' the Co2… apparently.
    99% of crook scientists agree.

  2. Everything we have been

    told about our Universe is a lie ;

    The imagination is more real than our physical world because everything

    has to first exist mentally before it can exist in our physical world
    which is just like a stage. The brain is just a cloak for our non
    physical mind which is attached to our soul. The Astral Plane is the
    subconscious mind ( the right side of brain which is 99% more
    powerful than the left conscious rational side ) and constitutes the
    overlapping area of the imagination, thoughts, intuition, dreams,
    feelings etc.

    Every time we dream or imagine we are travelling into a real world (

    attached to our physical body by the umbilical cord of our soul )
    where demons also live. The Astral plane is interlinked to planets,
    which are self illuminating lights of plasma, the homes of demons,
    which travel through 1 of 4 main elements ; air/fire/earth/water (
    the periodic table of elements are just the 4 REAL Elements
    derivatives ) and manifest behind the static rain of our vision ( its
    a veil like a curtain ) into our physical world.

    Google is satan, the demons can access proxy. They are all around you but

    you never noticed ; obama, melanie trump, the queen, david cameron,
    boris johnson, hilary clinton, the old lady at the store who cursed
    you out, mark zuckerbeg are all real living breathing demons made of
    plasma, as they can take on any form as inter-dimensional shape
    shifting entities and they are living on earth permanently having
    been summoned by their human magicians, just like in Babylon and
    ancient Egypt where Magic all began and so too then did the Djinn
    walk and rule among mankind. 'Aliens from other planets' is a
    Hollywood invention and hence the 'Alien invasion.' Candles
    and incense are the highest technology, electronics etc. are their
    products .

    There is no such thing as oxygen, God, Light, Soul and the Sun are 1 and
    the same, the Sun is the dispenser of Light and it is in the Air that
    we breath, hence the fifth Element…… Spirit.

  3. I usually have ones that look like a big, complex protein molecule. I used to pass time as a kid playing with these by moving my eye a bit to wiggle them, hours of fun!

  4. Omg this happened to me and I thought I was going blind 😭 💀 I had a panic attack at school because of it and I had to go home lmaoo

  5. Question

    Basicly alot of the time when i close my eyes for a decent amount of time i can see pink and or red dot things that look like thin glitter or just small dots idk what it is

  6. I have some floaters in my eye right in the center of my vision, so not peripheral. They're so dead center that I sometimes need to dart my eyes left and right a few times in order to read properly.

  7. Stating these are not bugs or alive however constantly showing these things floating around with "blinking eyes" had me triggered! 🤯

  8. My Uncle Tom had those and he thought they were worms, So he actually gouged his eyeballs out with a big sewing needle.

  9. What about the illusions/delusions of flashing forming fabricating spatial backgrounds that permeate the vision and control what I do how I think and what I say

  10. I thought i wasn't born normal and felt jealous by everyone because no one ever did open that topic for having a "worm-like floaters" in their eyesights. All my life i thought i have a cataract even these days, but this video saved me telling that I am normal and everyone is experiencing this. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAH
    YES! I am normal HAHA

  11. I don’t experience this, but ever since I was little, when I close my eyes or blink a lot, I can see these little translucent patterns everywhere. I can also control the colours, on command, but some I can’t do. The ones that come easiest to me are red, green and dark blue. Is this the same thing, or should I tell someone?

  12. I always see both of these while swimming backstroke I had no idea what they were

    Most help video ever I thought I had some superpower though so that is gone

  13. I was born wayyy before the internet days….

    My doctors and school thought I was fkn nuts when I said I could see worms in my eyes 😡

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