Q. I have small spots floating around in my vision. Should I be worried?
A. These tiny spots are called “floaters” and are usually no cause for concern. Your eyes are filled with a gel-like fluid called vitreous that can sometimes break away from the back of the eye and create the appearance of “trash” floating in your vision. It can be particularly noticeable when looking at a white paper or staring up at a clear blue sky. Noticing a floater here or there is totally normal, but if you begin to experience showers of floaters, flashes of light, or a curtain-like shadow in your eye, you should seek immediate professional care. These symptoms could be a sign of a retinal detachment which requires surgical intervention to prevent significant vision loss or even blindness.
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