What Are Spots and Floaters?

Spots (often called floaters) are small, semi-transparent or cloudy specks or particles within the vitreous, which is the clear, jelly-like fluid that fills the inside of your eyes. They appear as specks of various shapes and sizes, threadlike strands or cobwebs. Because they are within your eyes, they move as your eyes move and seem to dart away when you try to look at them directly. 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, and you should contact the doctors at Grove Eye Care for a comprehensive examination when you notice sudden changes or if see increases in the amount of spots and floaters. By looking in your eyes with special instruments, we can examine the health of your eyes and determine if what you are seeing is harmless or symptom of a more serious problem that requires treatment. If you are worried about spots and floaters contact us for an appointment.  You'll be glad you did.