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What are Spots and Floaters?

Spots and floaters are particles of debris, cells, pigment, or tissue fiber that move and float around the eyes. They appear in various shapes and sizes, sometimes resembling threads or cobwebs. They move when our eyes move and dart away if we try to look directly at them.

Spots are often caused by small flecks of protein or other matter trapped during the formation of your eyes before birth. They can also result from deterioration of the vitreous fluid, due to aging; or from certain eye diseases or injuries.

Most spots are not harmful and rarely limit vision. But, spots can be indications of more serious problems. When a patient notices an increase or a sudden change in them, we advise a comprehensive eye examination to examine the health of your eyes and determine if what you are seeing is harmless or the symptom of a more serious problem that requires treatment.

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