Vitreous floaters appear as black or gray specks in your vision. While these floaters can be annoying, they are harmless and are not cause for alarm.
Symptoms of Vitreous Floaters
Vitreous floater symptoms may include:
- Black or gray specks in your vision
- Spots that eventually settle down and drift out of the line of vision
When to see a doctor about symptoms:
- A sudden onset of new floaters
- Flashes of light
- Darkness in your peripheral (side) vision
Causes of Vitreous Floaters
As we get older, the vitreous begins to shrink. This shrinkage can cause the vitreous to collapse resulting in the appearance of small specks in your vision. Vitreous floaters can also be caused by inflammation in the back of the eye, bleeding in the eye, or a torn retina. Floaters are often painless symptoms of other eye disorders such as retinal tears and detachments. Regular visits to your eye doctor can rule out significant problems.
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