Spots and Floaters

At times, some people may see specks or threadlike strands drifting across their vision. When they try to look at them, these objects seem to speed away. These are called spots and floaters by ophthalmologists and are commonly experienced by older individuals. Although, anyone can experience them on occasion.

The inner part of the eye is composed of a gelatin-like fluid called vitreous. Occasionally, small flecks of protein and other matter are trapped in this fluid when the eye is formed before birth. It will remain in the eye resulting in periodic spots, or flashes of light that become visible when they drift into the line of sight.

Most spots and floaters are normal and rarely cause blindness, but spots can be an indicator of serious problems. If you notice an increase in the number of spots you occasionally see or if you begin noticing them on a regular basis, you should immediately consult with an eye-care professional. He or she will help determine if it is “normal” or the result of a more serious condition.

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