Spots, or floaters, are tiny clouds within the vitreous (the clear fluid inside your eyes). They move with your eyes and can appear as black or gray spots in your field of vision.
In most cases, spots or floaters are not a cause for alarm. However, if you see a sudden increase of them combined with light flashes or a loss of peripheral vision, it could be very serious. In these cases, your eye may be detaching itself from your retina.
Many spots and floaters are normal/temporary and can be attributed to staring at a bright light or computer screen. More frequent ones can be due to permanent or serious conditions, such as:
Common symptoms of eye floaters may include the following:
More serious symptoms that accompany spots and floaters include:
Floaters and spots are fairly common, but there are a few factors that increase your risk of experiencing them. These include:
Your eye doctor will conduct an eye exam to determine whether the spots are harmless or something to worry about. This will involve special tools and light to view the back of your eye.
Most of the time, no treatment is necessary. However, in more severe cases when vision is impaired, surgery may be required to remove the spots.
There are no known ways to prevent spots and floaters from happening.
If you are experiencing similar symptoms to spots and floaters, contact us today.