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Spots and Floaters

Small cloudy specks of various sizes may form within the eye. These spots are usually encapsulated in the vitreous fluid, a liquid substance that fills the posterior two-thirds inside of the eye. They are caused by protein deposits trapped in the eye before birth and are usually considered harmless. They may also occur later in life due to aging or certain eye diseases.

Spots or floaters move as your eyes move. They rarely limit vision, but may be bothersome and are noticed when looking into space or at a blank wall when sufficient light is present.

Diagnosis and Treatment
Although floaters are generally considered harmless, they may be indicative of more serious problems that can be detected only by a comprehensive eye exam. Your eye care specialist can examine your eyes and determine if you may be at risk for, or have developed, a more serious problem that requires treatment.

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