Eye Floaters

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Content updated on Sep 6, 2022

About the symptom

Floaters are tiny specks or dots that can be seen in the vision. These may affect either or both eyes and are most prominent when looking at light-colored areas.

When to see a doctor

Seek professional care if you experience any of the following symptoms

  • Tiny dots or objects in vision

Possible causes

  • Cataracts

    Degeneration of the lens inside the eye, causing it to become opaque. As a result, lights appear glaring and vision becomes blurred. In the elderly, cataracts are usually caused by aging, In children however, it may be due to genetic conditions, drugs, or viral infections while in the womb.

  • Spondyloarthropathy

    Spondyloarthropathy is a form of arthritis that usually strike the affect the spine and nearby joints. They can damage joints like of the spine, shoulders, and hips. Spondyloarthropathy causes arthritis at the points where the bones connect to soft tissues like ligaments and where tendons connect to bones and muscles.

  • Age-related macular degeneration

    An eye condition that causes a "hole in the center" when looking at things. It is caused by damage to the central retina (sensing layer of the eye). Causes include aging, smoking and genetics.

  • sickle cell disease

Related serious diseases

  • Retinal detachment

    An eye condition that causes holes to appear in the vision when looking at things. The cause is a peeling off of the retina (sensing layer of the eye). This is usually due to aging, eye injury or diabetes.

Questions your doctor may ask about this symptom

Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this symptom

  • Do you see tiny shapes or dots floating around in your vision (sometimes appearing like insects)?

  • Do you strain your eyes when you try to look at close or distant objects?

  • Do you have redness, pain, or itching in your eyes?

  • Do you have a fever?

  • Do you have double vision?

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