Date: Sat, 29 Oct 2011 23:13:06

Author: --- chuck britton

Subject: Re: Optical Trick - can someone explain?

Post:

I have been amused/entertained my my floaters at least since the
first grade. (Extremely near sighted if that makes a difference.)

My understanding has always been that they are 'loose' cells floating
in the vitreous humor just in front of the retina, casting a shadow
thereon. Sometimes form strings of cells.
.
At 10:20 AM -0500 10/29/11, Paul Nord wrote:
>The other evening my kids discovered a curious thing. If you look
>through a drop of water on your glasses at a distant light source
>you will see an array of curious objects floating around. I tried
>it myself and discovered that you always get the same set of
>floaters - different drop, different spot on the glasses, same
>floaters. It would seem that the floaters must be inside the eye,
>or possibly on the surface of the eye.
>
>Can anyone have a good quick explanation of the optics involved here?
>
>Paul



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