Eye Care Basics
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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