I see some floating wavy things and a few spots in my eyes. What are they?

Q. What do floating wavy things in the eye indicate?

Answered by
Dr. Vaibhev Mittal
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on May 04, 2023 and last reviewed on: Oct 16, 2023

Hello doctor,

I see some floating wavy things in my eyes. They look like waves, and sometimes there are one or few spots that look solid. What are they? I have been to an optometrist for a retinal scan the other month and they did not find anything wrong. Maybe they missed something. Also, I got these red veins in my eye all the time, and am not sure if this is normal. Currently, I am taking Prozac. Kindly help. Thank you.



Welcome to icliniq.com.

I understand your concern.

The red wavy lines are blood vessels that are present in all eyes and are important for the survival of the eye. These vessels provide nutrition to the eyes so do not worry about them. Regarding the dots, I am not very sure which dot are you referring to but I think you are talking about a small white bright dot on the cornea (black portion of the eye). This white dot is a reflection of some light source. It does not look pathological. When we try to examine the eye with light we will see its reflection just like when we flash a torch light on a mirror. Please do not worry. Everything is fine. Thank you for consulting me. Feel free to ask anything.

Thank you.

Hello doctor,

I shared a video link. It is on the 11-second mark, it moves into the reflection of the light on my iris. And if you look closely throughout the whole video you will see things moving in my eye, the iris specifically near the reflection. Please tell me that you can see it as I can see it. I am going paranoid. I am scared I got asteroid hyalosis or something. Please help. Thank you.



Glad to have you back!

I am here to help you get the best medical advice.

I carefully reviewed that video multiple times and yes, I could see that moving thing on close observation. That is nothing but tear film. When we blink it spreads the tear which covers the cornea. Our upper lid moves from up to down and so the whole tear film gets accumulated close to the lower lid and when we open the eye, the tear film moves from down to up along with the lid. This is a natural phenomenon. Asteroid hyalosis is present in the posterior segment of the eye and these are harmless. You cannot click them with the camera and you cannot see the asteroid. Any foreign body in the eye will cause redness, pain, irritation, and watering. As you are asymptomatic, so there are no foreign bodies there. I am happy to help you and will always be available whenever you need me.

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