I wish I had some cool analogy or play on words to pull from my title, but it is what it is.
Yesterday I went to the eye doctor because I was seeing floaters in my left eye. They preceded to give me three different drops that dilated my eyes more than I think they have ever been before (I am very nearsighted and going to the eye doctor has been a regular occurrence in my life). They dilated my eyes so much I couldn't read! It was the most unnerving thing. And because they had used such strong drops, my eyes were going to be dilated for many hours. I was very grateful that I took an afternoon appointment, and that I picked up Josh from work to take the kids and drive us home. Needless to say I went to bed very early, doing anything with my eyes dilated like that was impossible.
Well, the good thing is that there is nothing seriously wrong with my eye. It is a common thing that happens to people (though more common the older you get) and is something I get to live with. The floaters are caused when the solid jell part of the eye starts to liquefy in small patches. If there is a particle in the part that liquefies then you see a floater. If you want a more technical/detail description the Mayo Clinic has some good info.