Floaters and Flashes

Floaters are tiny spots and “cobwebs” that drift aimlessly around in your field of vision. Though annoying, ordinary floaters and spots are very common and are usually no cause for alarm. Floaters and spots typically appear when tiny pieces of the eye’s gel-like vitreous break loose within the inner back portion of the eye. Floaters are more pronounced when you peer at a bright, clear sky or a white computer screen. Floaters and spots move when your eye moves, creating the impression that they are “drifting.”

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Most floaters are harmless and fade over time or become less bothersome, requiring no treatment. Surgery to remove floaters is almost never required. However, if you see an increase in floaters accompanied by flashes of light this may be something more serious. Contact your eye care professional at Albemarle Eye Center immediately!