Big Sissy, thanks for that. There's certainly a lot more information about floaters available now than there was 5+ years ago. I may have to give some of those "remedies" a try. Anyways...
I didn't have any floaters until about five years ago. I had never seen a floater in my life, then essentially woke up one day and I had tons of them, a couple of which were rather large (from the bottom of my vision all the way to the top of my vision). It freaked me the fuck out. After some research, I realized that they were considered "normal," especially in older people. The vitreous humor in your eye breaks down from a gel and forms into a solid fibrils that obstruct the light shining on your retina. I went to an eye doctor and he was of very little help. He had me watch some video with old people swatting at non-existent flies in the air. *sigh* Small floaters may occur normally over time, but my case definitely was/is far from the norm, and I have many more floaters and much larger floaters than anyone I know.
I've learned to live with mine, although it's quite annoying because I look at bright computer monitors for the majority of my day. As you probably know, direct light (especially white or blue) makes the floaters much more visible. The biggest floater is in my right eye, and it can be very difficult to ignore. There is a technique for temporarily shifting floaters out of the center of your vision. Quickly look all the way to the left or right, as far as your eye will move, then hold that for a sec before relaxing your eyes back to center. Do this over and over, and it will slowly shift a floater to one side of your eye (looking left will shift your floaters right, and looking right will shift them left). This is only short-lived relief, however, as the floater will eventually float back to its home.
I was down in Florida a couple weeks ago, visiting my grandmother for Christmas, and I actually saw a commercial for a local eye doctor, claiming to be using cutting edge procedures and technology to treat floaters. Evidently they can zap them with lasers, now, which was never mentioned to me by anyone in the past. I'm not quite sure I want to have my floaters zapped until the procedure is a bit more widespread and techniques have improve a bit. It's just funny that I never see any commercials about floaters up where I live near Washington DC, but I visit old-people-ville and I see the commercial three times before I leave.
Here's the doc's website: Eye Floater Laser Treatment & Information
Edit: edited my post a bit... added some more info about my case.